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Date posted: October 01, 2020
By MIFTAH

Ramallah MIFTAH recently concluded several discussions with rights and womens institutions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on the draft of its parallel report, which includes information and data on the status of Palestinian women in relation to the Beijing Platform for Action. The report focused on gender-based violence, women and poverty, peaceful societies, womens political participation and representation in decision-making positions, women and work and women and the environment.

One of the most significant data in the draft report was on the status of women in decision-making positions, noting that as of February, 2020, womens participation in the public sector in Palestine stood at 44%. It also said that only 13% of women occupy the post of director general or higher. Moreover, women represent 5% of Palestinian Central Council members, 11% of PNC (Palestine National Council) members, 14% of the PLC (Legislative Council) and 11% of ambassadors in the diplomatic corps, while there is only one woman in the PLO Executive Committee.

In regards to women and poverty, latest statistics point to a rise in the poverty level among individuals in families supported by women, from 38.8% in 2011 to 53.0%. Furthermore, the unemployment rate among females rose to 41.9% in 2019 while womens participation in the work force in Palestine remains one of the lowest globally, not exceeding 17%.

As for women and the environment, the report stated that the impact of environmental factors on Palestinian women, especially in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli occupation measures and the siege, resulted in an increase in indicators showing womens proneness to violence, tension and depression. The data showed that 11.4% of women in the Gaza Strip were diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), 15% had suffered from moderate to severe depression and 29.9% had severe anxiety.

On the topic of societal violence against Palestinian women, the parallel report indicated that the frequency of violence against women in Palestinian society had increased during home quarantine and the state of emergency declared by the Palestinian government in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The workshops included several interventions and comments on the report, including the importance of additional data on recent developments pertaining to the status of Palestinian women during the Covid-19 pandemic. Other comments emphasized on highlighting data and statistics regarding womens participation in local government and the measures, legislation and mechanisms of implementation, which have negative repercussions on the status of Palestinian women.

Tamara Malouf, member of MIFTAHs working team on the parallel report, stated that new data had been added to the report based on the interventions and comments from the participants. She also stressed on the need to release and distribute the report inside Palestine and abroad, maintaining that highlighting these violations requires local and international efforts aimed primarily at the protection of Palestinian womens rights.

It should be noted that the repot is one of MIFTAHs interventions as part of its partnership with the Womens Center for Legal Aid and Counseling and through support from OXFAM.

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