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The European Union celebrates the International Women's Day in Palestine

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On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Office of the European Union Representative joins Palestinian women and men to acknowledge women’s critical economic, social, and political contributions and celebrate their remarkable achievements. Throughout the week, EU implementing partners will celebrate this occasion by organizing different activities in Gaza, Jericho, Ramallah, Hebron, and East Jerusalem.

The EU's long-standing and dedicated commitment to improve women’s status and remove constraints on their economic, social, and political potential continues unchanged.

Here in Palestine, the EU stands alongside Palestinian women as they work hand in hand with Palestinian men towards a better future. EU-funded projects in Palestine address gender in different contexts and contribute to the fight against gender inequality. The EU supports equal engagement of women in economic development and promotes stronger involvement in governance at local and national levels. This is in addition to a number of human rights and youth actions where gender is a core component.

"Progress on women's rights is progress on human rights. But our world is still facing a persistent gap in access to opportunities and decision-making power for women and men. Globally, women have fewer opportunities for economic participation than men, less access to education, greater health risks, and less political representation. Therefore the EU has chosen to be at the forefront of the protection and fulfilment of women's and girls' rights," said the EU Representative, Ralph Tarraf. "Women are critical to meet the challenges of poverty, inequality and the recovery of the communities hardest hit by conflicts. This is particularly clear in Palestine. Despite the massive challenges women face here, Palestinian women are making fundamental economic, social, cultural, and political contributions to advance their society. Still much more needs to be done. The EU will continue to support Palestinian women in overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities to promote and achieve gender equality," he added.

For further details:

The Office of the European Union Representative, West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA

Shadi Othman, Tel: +972 (0) 2 541 5867, Mob: +972 (0) 599 673 958; Inas Abu Shirbi, Tel: +972 (0) 2 541 5859, Mob: +972 (0) 599 673 957