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Date posted: October 20, 2020
By MIFTAH

Ramallah MIFTAH, in coordination with the Womens Coalition for the Implementation of UNSCR1325 in Palestine, held a special zoom session on October 13 to discuss the strategic lobbying and advocacy plan for 2020-2023. The session is the culmination of a series of meetings and workshops with womens and other relevant institutions in Palestine and in the diaspora, which MIFTAH held throughout 2020. This included a needs and priorities-assessment study of Palestinian women within the components of UNSCR1325, produced by MIFTAH.

These interventions, including development of the strategy, are part of MIFTAHs lengthy work in supporting the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Palestine. The goal of this is to push for a larger and more effective womens presence at the national and international levels based on international legitimate frameworks, starting with international humanitarian law, human rights conventions and relevant UN resolutions, including UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

Pushing for the promotion of the WPS agenda in Palestine

The session was opened by Rima Nazzal, coordinator for the Womens Coalition, who thanked MIFTAH on behalf of the coalitions president Intisar Wazir, for the fruitful cooperation between them. She also commended the strategy plan prepared by MIFTAH for the Womens Coalition by a team of specialists (Mirvat Rishmawi and Rasha Salah Eddin), which accurately expressed the approaches of the Coalition and of the General Union of Palestinian Women regarding Resolution 1325 within the Palestinian socio-political context. A vibrant and interactive discussion ensued among the coalitions members on this point.

Furthermore, MIFTAH Executive Director Dr. Tahreer Araj confirmed the importance of the meeting, saying it was the culmination of all the previous workshops inside the homeland and abroad. The session was also the result of discussions on issues and priorities of Palestinian women inside the Green Line and in the Diaspora. Araj pointed out that the political timing was extremely important and requires concerted efforts from rights and womens institutions, based on international mechanisms for interaction at the international level in holding the Israeli occupation accountable for its violations against the Palestinian people, women in particular. This also includes refugee women in the diaspora. Araj reaffirmed that MIFTAH continues to support the coalition in pushing for the implementation of the WPS agenda in Palestine. The Plan

The plan was then presented by researcher Rasha Salah Eddin, who said it was based on a long process that began with a needs-assessment study in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the diaspora and a review of the national literature on Resolution 1325. This was followed by a number of meetings at the national level and also several interviews at the international level, which were concluded with two meetings to produce the plan and present the proposed strategic framework, approaches and interventions and the international tools on which the strategic framework is based.

Saleh Eddin continued, saying this was a four-year strategic plan, which includes a general introduction, the Palestinian vision of UNSCR1325, analysis of the overall Palestinian climate and identification of the problems and challenges. It then formulates strategic approaches directed at Palestinian women in all locations for ending the occupation and putting international resolutions into effect, in addition to holding Israel accountable and reaffirming the policy of no impunity. Saleh Eddin went on to say that the plan has four main objectives: accountability at the international level pertaining to daily Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian women, the axis of participation that is, promoting participation and representation for Palestinian women inside Palestine and abroad in decision-making positions; promoting international advocacy for the protection of women from violations and discriminatory policies; and promoting the role of the coalitions institutions and taking preventative measures by the international community for Palestinian women in the face of ongoing Israeli occupation violations.

Interventions:

The participants interventions included a call for an international conference to end the occupation under the auspices of the UN; to take into account the deal of the century, the annexation plan and measures taking place on the ground. They also called for addressing the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip; linking the colonialist occupation with the patriarchal system; adopting clear terms regarding the occupation and resistance to it; reviewing other terms to be in line with the concept of nationalizing Resolution 1325 and to be compatible with the Palestinian context and womens vision. Moreover, they confirmed the points in the plan regarding womens participation in national reconciliation, highlighting the necessity of their participation in both the thought process and implementation and their presence at the table.

The discussions concluded by calling for a final review of the plan for consensus. A five-member committee of coalition members was formed for the purpose of approving the final amendments on the plan and to begin preparing for its launching within this month.

The strategic lobbying and advocacy plan is part of MIFTAHs Conflict and Fragility project, funded by OXFAM.

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