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A Vision for Palestinian Womens Rights Organizations based on the Global Study on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325
(Ten strategies for tackling issues pertaining to Women, Peace and Security)
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Date posted: September 25, 2018
By MIFTAH

One September 9, MIFTAH held a meeting to follow up on the recommendations of a special report on the vision of Palestinian women regarding the results of the global review UN Resolution 1325. The report was entitled Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice and Securing the Peace and was released in 2015 on the 15th anniversary of the resolution.

Gender researcher Dr. Hadeel Qazaz presented the 10 strategies agreed on as part of the womens vision of the Resolution 1325 global review. She stressed on the importance of the recommendations and strategies from this paper, shedding light on social violence against women and the need to consider including them in the womens vision . She also reaffirmed the importance of the role of Palestinian women in internal reconciliation, similar to women in other parts of the world who positively intervened in and after internal conflicts in their countries.

The participants, members of the Higher National Committee for Resolution 1325, all reaffirmed the importance of reviewing the 10 strategies in the womens vision, agreeing on priorities and adopting them as basic references in preparing the national plan for Resolution 1325. The most significant strategies include: reaffirming that the occupation constitutes colonialist domination, thus calling on international institutions to assume their role in pressuring commissions, courts and international bodies to try Israeli officials in court for violations of human rights, to hold the Israeli occupation accountable and responsible for its crimes and to take international measures in this regard; to continue supporting womens contributions in documenting these violations; reaffirming the strong tie between the various elements of the human rights system and international humanitarian law in terms of womens rights by broaching the issue of women, peace and security in local, regional and international conferences.; involving human rights organizations in raising the issues of women, peace and security and stressing on the important role of Palestinian diplomacy in raising these issues, in addition to giving attention to internal Palestinian matters.

The committee concluded by stressing on the need to reread the womens vision for Resolution 1325 and discuss mechanisms for putting into action international agreements and resolutions pertaining to the womens agenda for peace and security within an integral system. This would serve as a legal reference for the protection of women and to increase their representation in decision-making positons and would also take into consideration the various contexts of the reality in which Palestinian women live.

On the margins of this meeting, the reference framework was showcased for Palestinian womens participation in international activities on the occasion of Resolution 1325s 18th anniversary in order to agree on womens demands vis--vis peace and security, which will be proposed in October, 2018. The women reaffirmed the need to press for an international conference to discuss the status of Palestinian women under occupation, which would be held under the auspices of The UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. They also seconded the point made in the presentation on highlighting the suffering of Palestinian women under occupation, particularly in Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and Area C and called for the appointment of a UN Secretary General special envoy for women under occupation. Moreover, they pressed for developing significant steps towards implementing international resolutions on ending the occupation.

Najwa Yaghi, director of the project Promoting womens participation in peace and security building said the activity was part of MIFTAHs efforts to support the OXFAM-funded womens agenda for peace and security. She said this falls within MIFTAHs strategic objective to promote good governance in Palestine, through which MIFTAH aims to move forward in lobbying and advocacy on public policies, including social justice and equality. This, Yaghi maintains, is achieved through holding dialogue sessions with decision-makers to influence public policies in support of women, youth and marginalized sectors in order to guarantee social justice and the protection of citizens rights, based on human rights principles and UN resolutions.

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