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Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.

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26 Apr 2018 description

UNRWA has started the roll-out of a GBV Training Package on Enhancing understanding of Gender-based Violence as part of the Building Safety phase 1 project. Four Trainings of Trainers ( ToTs ) are expected to take place in April and May 2018 in Lebanon, West Bank, Gaza, and Jordan.


30 Mar 2018 description
report Gisha

The impact of the closure on women in Gaza

March 8, 2018. To mark International Women’s Day, Gisha has released a new publication on the impact of the closure on women in Gaza.

26 Mar 2018 description

UNRWA has submitted inputs for the first reporting of the Call to Action on the Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies ( Call to Action). The Call to Action is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims at transforming the way gender-based violence is addressed in humanitarian emergencies. The Agency joined the Call to Action in February 2017.

17 Mar 2018 description

In a context of protracted displacement and acute emergencies, Palestine refugee women and girls are also affected by occupation, blockade and conflict. Their situation is frequently made worse by persistent legal and social discrimination. UNRWA is strongly committed to gender equality through the provision of its services and management practices. While remaining committed to this principled approach, the achievements of recent years are at risk if UNRWA is unable to fill its funding gap.

23 Feb 2018 description
report UN Women


To have a closer look at the reality of GBV services, UN Women has commissioned the development of this study as an attempt to assess the achievements, continuing obstacles and gaps among the community of service providers in Gaza.

08 Feb 2018 description


● UNRWA is facing an unprecedented financial crisis, risking the agency’s ability to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance in the oPt, including to almost one million people in the Gaza Strip.

● Electricity outages of up to 16 hours a day, continue to undermine the provision of basic services in the Gaza Strip, despite an increase in electricity supply from Israel.

25 Jan 2018 description


1.1 Background and Aims

The relationships between women and men and girls and boys, have traditionally been unequal and characterized by a differentiation of roles, affecting and influencing all areas and spheres of life.

Gender relations are often dictated by unequal power dynamics that assign particular roles, determine access to decision making and access to/control over resources.

02 Nov 2017 description
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The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has always thrived to amplify women’s voices and bring their experiences to human rights bodies and the international fora.

12 Oct 2017 description

Delivering humanitarian response that meets the needs of women, girls, boys and men remains a priority for all UN Agencies and their partners. This guidance provides a checklist of essential actions for ensuring equitable participation and fair distribution of humanitarian action at each stage of the Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC).

06 Sep 2017 description
report RESET

How do you set about mending the destruction caused by years of conflict and rebuilding your home, neighbourhood or city, when political instability make it impossible to get hold of the necessary resources? Two Gazan women set about doing just that, and have come up with a durable and affordable building block made out of waste materials: Greencake.

15 Aug 2017 description

Please be informed that the Gaza situation report will from now on be issued every two weeks. We thank you for your continued interest in UNRWA operations in Gaza.


11 Jul 2017 description

The UN Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory released a report today that reviews the socio-economic status of the Gaza Strip, a decade after the events of 2006-2007 that saw a violent take-over of the Strip by Hamas, the enforcement of strict closures by Israel and the administrative separation of Gaza from the West Bank. The new report, ‘Gaza – 10 years later’ takes stock of some of the key indicators identified in an earlier 2012 UN report which predicted Gaza would become ‘unliveable’ by 2020, unless underlying trends were reversed.

08 Mar 2017 description

On the 8th of March every year, the world celebrates the Women's Day, which comes as an important reminder of women's role in making real and positive change in the human society over the ages.

27 Jan 2017 description
report Oxfam

Gaza has long been a place of desperate need, with huge challenges in all areas of civic life. Devastating escalations in violence not only destroy lives and infrastructure, but also hope and aspiration. In the midst of this, the most marginalized people are often ignored or forgotten. As part of the Within and Without the State programme, community researchers worked with women with disabilities to enable them to devise a plan for periods of crisis.