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Date posted: August 12, 2020
By MIFTAH

Ramallah 29/7/2020 -- MIFTAH recently completed distribution of approximately 2,000 food packages in the Hebron, Nablus, Tulkarm, Jenin, Jerusalem, Jericho and Jordan Valley, Ramallah and Bethlehem districts in addition to Gaza Strip districts. The endeavor falls within MIFTAHs efforts to support and empower women and to promote the leadership role of Palestinian womens organizations and local council members.

The initiative was launched by MIFTAH at the beginning of March, 2020 in parallel with the declaration of a state of emergency in Palestine and as a quick response to the growing needs of a number of poor families. It also took into consideration the rising levels of domestic violence and increased absence of women from public discourse and emergency committees established as a result of the state of emergency. MIFTAH therefore, sought to promote the visibility of women by distributing care packages to poor families in various districts in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to meet their needs which resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic. The packages were distributed over two stages between March and June, 2020. MIFTAHs coordinators in the various districts played an important role in identifying the needs of the targeted sectors and formulating distribution plans to guarantee that packages reach women and families in need. They worked in coordination with local council members in the West Bank and with women leaders and organizations in both the West Bank and Gaza.

MIFTAH coordinator in Hebron, Maysoun Qawasmi said the initiative, conducted in the midst of the pandemic, sent a message to people that MIFTAH was still working and had not stopped its activities. She said, We wanted to shed light on the leadership role of women local council members and women leaders and activists and to jar the collective Palestinian memory that women are capable of intervening in times of crisis and participating side by side with men. This strengthens the status of women in conflicts and disasters and solidifies the premise that she is a real partner alongside men, which ultimately helps women to regain seats on their town councils and be addressed as decision-makers.

Meanwhile, MIFTAHs Jenin coordinator, Farha Abul Hayja said the initiative had a very positive impact on women. The packages came at the perfect time because they helped lighten some of the load caused by this situation and helped promote womens roles and messages in their communities.

In the Gaza Strip, MIFTAH coordinator Fatima Ashour said the initiative had been very well received by womens organizations in the Strip. Through these organizations, MIFTAH was able to distribute around 350 packages to women heads of households who are in a cycle of poverty and need. Ashour nonetheless, said that the timing of the initiative was even more important than the initiative itself, citing the growing need for these packages in the Gaza Strip due to its marginalization and elevated poverty and unemployment rates.

This initiative was implemented with funding from the Norwegian Representative Office in Palestine.

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