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Date posted: February 15, 2018
By MIFTAH

MIFTAH, in coordination with the General Union of Palestinian Women, held a meeting last month to coordinate Palestinian efforts for participation in the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The meeting included a presentation of the results and recommendations of an analytical study by MIFTAH and funded by Karama, on Israeli occupation violations against refugee women in Palestinian camps in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The results of this study were presented in a special session held on the margins of the 62nd CSW session in New York in March.

Mrs. Intisar Wazir, head of the GUPW had stressed on the need for joint coordination between participant institutions in the CSW and with the permanent Palestinian mission at the UN to strengthen efforts made by organizations in the field of promoting women’s participation in peace and security building and in broadening networks and building alliances at the local, regional and international levels for support of the Palestinian cause. She pointed to the importance of CSW and to working with it to develop its vison and decisions to take into consideration the exclusivity of Palestinian women under occupation.

The participant institutions showcased the issues that were to be focused on in the 62nd SCW session with these institutions highlighting this exclusivity of Palestinian women under occupation. The focus was mainly on violations committed against Palestinian women in refugee camps, in Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and women prisoners.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the participants to discuss certain experiences that benefited from Palestinian participation in CSW activities in previous years. Logistical arrangements that needed to be done ahead of time were discussed in addition to the need for prior coordination and communication with foreign consulates in Palestine to guarantee communication with the representatives of these parties during CSW events in New York.

The meeting showcased the results of MIFTAH’s analytical study in cooperation with AWRAD Center, which MIFTAH’s participation in the CSW revolves around. MIFTAH project manager Najwa Yaghi said the goal of the study was to press for a permanent and just solution to the Palestinian refugee cause in refugee camps in Palestine in general and for refugee women in particular. It was also to pressure the relevant parties to shoulder their responsibilities in accordance with international agreements and resolutions pertaining to the protection of refugee women from the many violations they endure because of their refugee status. This status, she added, was imposed on them as a result of the Israeli occupation and its various oppressive measures, all in violation of international law and human rights accords.

Yaghi noted that this activity was part of efforts made by MIFTAH in supporting the agenda of women, peace and security, with support from Oxfam and Karama.

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