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A Vision for Palestinian Womens Rights Organizations based on the Global Study on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325
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Date posted: November 01, 2018
By MIFTAH

MIFTAHs Najwa Sandouka-Yaghi and Joharah Baker participated in last weeks Women Peace and Security (WPS) week at the United Nations in New York commemorating the 18th anniversary of UNSCR 1325. Sandouka-Yaghi, MIFTAHs project manager for its Conflict and Fragility project and Baker, the organizations media officer, participated in several activities, including a multi-stakeholder interactive meeting in which several parties brainstormed on how to ensure implementation of UNSCR Resolution 1325 in the overall and in the country-specific context, including womens participation in peace processes. Each group included a Security Council member state representative in order to contribute to the conversation from the viewpoint of the Council. The women were asked to offer their hopes and projections for the 20th anniversary of WPS in two years and how to further the agenda.

MIFTAH also participated in several bilateral meetings with international missions to the UN with a particular interest in Women, Peace and Security. Five separate meetings were held with the missions of the UK, Norway, Kuwait, Belgium and France and the Palestinian delegation also held a working lunch with the Palestinian mission to the UN. The meetings, which included MIFTAHs coalition partners from the Womens Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), addressed the issues of Palestinian women under Israeli occupation and posed questions to the missions as to their priorities for their WPS agenda and how they could better facilitate for this agenda in the Palestinian context. The Palestinian team highlighted the unique challenges and hardships faced by Palestinian women under occupation and doubly under the patriarchal society in which they live, where women are often marginalized.

MIFTAH had the opportunity to attend the UN Security Councils open debate on WPS. WCLAC Director Randa Siniora, the first Palestinian woman to address the Security Council, briefed the member states on the key obstacles and threats to security and peace for Palestinian women due to the Israeli occupation. She also made key recommendations to the Council on ways to better the situation of women in Palestine, including holding Israel accountable for its breaches of international law and conventions.

On the last day of WPS week, womens organizations and groups held a day-long session on specific topics affecting women in the political, legal and social spheres. Baker participated in the discussion group on shifting from gender parity to gender equality while Sandouka-Yaghi participated in the group discussion on gender and conflict.

MIFTAH attended the WPS week in coordination with its Conflict and Fragility project partner OXFAM-International.

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