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Date posted: August 05, 2020
By MIFTAH

Ramallah 28/7/2020 -- Last week, MIFTAH held a consultation meeting for several Palestinians institutions working on the Women, Peace and Security agenda during which the preliminary results of a diagnostic study on the aid effectiveness of the agenda in Palestine were discussed.

The meeting is part of MIFTAHs sponsorship of several dialogue sessions on Palestinian womens issues related to UNSCR 1325 in a bid to identify approaches for strategic action and consensus on concepts regarding the localization of Resolution 1325 and to address the components of the resolution which shed light on the levels of violence to which Palestinian women under occupation endure. The meeting also address the exclusion exercised against women on the Palestinian political scene and their lack of visibility in decision-making positions.

MIFTAH based its study on several key criterion: realizations of results, achievements and gaps, ; alignment of donor funding with priorities and objectives of NGOs; ownership of Palestinian NGOs to objectives and strategies; harmonization of work among NGOs and donors; and mutual accountability between the donors and the NGOs.

The study offered courses of action and ways of moving forward on the one hand, and also proposed what is needed to strengthen coordinated efforts in a homeland still facing various challenges to achieving its goals, on the other.

In her opening remarks, MIFTAH Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Tahreer Araj said the studys results highlight achievements and lessons learned and the most important programs and projects in regards to UNSCR1325. She also pointed to the ongoing shortcomings in terms of holding the [Israeli] occupation accountable for its daily violations and crimes against Palestinian women in the occupied territories and to the absence of a legal framework for the protection of Palestinian women. She maintained that this prompted the need for a diagnosis of the effectiveness and feasibility of funding directed at programs implemented within the scope of UNSCR 1325.

In her presentation on the studys results, researcher Tamara Tamimi said the study highlighted the main areas of funding by donors for programs, projects, initiatives and plans within the framework of the WPS agenda in relation to UNSCR 1325. Overall, she said, these programs and projects revolved around participation and protection. Accountability, however, which is key to the Palestinian womens movement, remained part of efforts by Palestinian institutions and the womens movement within the context of limited interventions and over intermittent periods rather than within a sustainable strategy.

From another aspect, the study pointed to discrepancies in some approaches and concepts within Palestinian institutions and the womens movement on the one hand, and international institutions and donors on the other. This was also the case in regards to coordinating efforts and financial support for the WPS agenda in Palestine in addition to the decreased funding allocated by governments and international donor parties to support Palestinian and womens institutions looking to implement the WPS agenda in Palestine. Therefore promoting and empowering the role of Palestinian women in making their voices heard nationally and internationally.

MIFTAH plans to continue hosting dialogue sessions based on the studys results, including opening the floor to Palestinian institutions to hold discussions with donor parties in order to reach a consensus on the localization of UNSCR 1325 in Palestine.

This meeting and the study are part of MIFTAHs interventions with the support of the Norwegian Representative Office for 2019-2020.

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