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Gazan women to join PA army

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh announced Oct. 17 on a talk show on the official Palestine TV channel that President Mahmoud Abbas approved women enlisting in the Palestinian Authority (PA) security services in the Gaza Strip, with the aim to restructure these services. This step, the …

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UN study tackles violence against women in Arab region using economic model

2017 – An economic model to estimate the costs of intimate partner violence – the most common form of violence against women in the Arab world – was spotlighted this week at one of the United Nations regional commissions, based in Beirut, Lebanon. “Our ultimate goal has always been to …

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Head of Palestinian women’s union Khitam Saafin released from Israeli prison

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Civil society leader and president of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees Khitam Saafin was released from Israeli prison on Sunday after being held without trial or charge since July 9, Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer reported in a statement Monday. Saafin was detained during a predawn …

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Bitter divorce? If you’re in Gaza, call Um Rashid

The Gharibs had a problem. Their son, Rami, 24, was under arrest after a bitter divorce saw a local court demand he pay his ex-wife a monthly allowance he could not afford. The only way out for the family, from the Jabaliya refugee camp, was to seek mediation between themselves and their …

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General Intelligence’s Gender Unit: Women’s participation is important in Palestine

The head of the gender unit at the General Intelligence, Colonel Hala Blidi, talked about the important participation of women officers in the General Intelligence. Colonel Hala also showed the major steps to integrate gender equality into the government policies and security sector reform that have been taken by the …

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Gaza civil society organizations aim to empower women

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The ongoing Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip enters its 11th year with Palestinians suffering the ensuing crises that have affected all aspects of life in the enclave. Because women are a vulnerable group in society, a pressing need has emerged to support Gazan …

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Bank project offers Palestinian women independence

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On July 5, the Ramallah-based National Bank (TNB) launched its latest version of Hayati (My Life), a program that targets women. The privately owned bank first introduced the program in 2015, focusing on savings accounts and offering a limited number of 0% interest loans for modest amounts. …

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Update: Hearing of PLC member Khalida Jarrar and UPWC president Khitam Saafin

The first hearing for Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin, president of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, was held today, 5 July 2017, at Ofer Military Court in Ramallah. During the hearing, the judge decided to extend the detention period of Jarrar to six additional days and Saafin’s to an …

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DCAF Ramallah: Promoting gender equality in the Palestinian security forces and their conversion to the CEDAW Convention: Integrating gender in security sector reform: Closing conference

Closing the gender project conference DCAF, in close cooperation with the Gender Consultative Committee (GCC) and the Ministry of Interior, conducted a closing conference at the Ankars Suites and Hotel in Ramallah. Representatives from the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Council of Ministers, the GCC, aecid, …

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Ashrawi: Adoption of UN resolution is a victory for Palestinian women and their rights

PLO Executive Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) adoption of a draft resolution entitled, “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women,” which was recommended by the Commission on the Status of Women in its sixty-first session in March:“On behalf of the Palestinian leadership …

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