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12 Jul 2010 description

Date: 12 July 2010

Gaza - The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, received a group of 20 women leaders and peace activists in Gaza on 12 July, for a consultation on their concerns regarding peace and security in the Gaza Strip.

16 Jun 2010 description

Purpose

This guidebook aims to provide actors in Gaza with guidance on gender analysis, planning and actions to ensure that the needs, contributions and capacities of women, girls, boys and men are considered in all aspects of humanitarian response. It also offers checklists to assist in monitoring gender equality programming. The guidelines focus on major cross-cutting issues and areas of work in the early response phase of emergencies. The guidebook is also a useful tool to make sure gender issues are included in needs assessments, contingency planning and evaluations.

03 Jun 2010 description

Palestinian, Israeli and international women leaders call for an end to the siege on Gaza and a just and peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at conference supported by the Government of Spain

Madrid - Concluding a two-day conference bringing together government leaders and nearly 100 experts on women's human and political rights and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the International Women's Commission for a Just and Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Peace (IWC) reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening their joint action to call for concerted action to end …

28 May 2010 description

Ramallah - The Palestinian Ministry of Women's Affairs (MOWA) and UNIFEM organized a workshop in Ramallah on 24-25 May to discuss the first draft of a four-year National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women (2011-2015).

22 Apr 2010 description

Ramallah - UNIFEM and the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) signed a partnership agreement on 20 April on the implementation of the second phase of UNIFEM's Socially Responsible Development through Women-Run School Canteens programme.

The signing ceremony, which took place at the Ministry in Ramallah, was attended by the Palestinian Minister of Education and Higher Education, Her Excellency Lamis Al-Alami, the UNIFEM Programme Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Alia El-Yassir, and the Deputy Representative of the Norwegian …

11 Jan 2010 description

The UNIFEM-managed Fund for Gender Equality announced in January 2010 its initial allocation of more than US$9 million to 27 initiatives in 26 countries. The grants fall into the Fund's Catalytic Grant category - one of two types of grants aimed to accelerate the efforts of initiatives on the ground.

The Fund received 1,240 applications, out of which 543 were for the Catalytic Category. A technical committee of regional experts selected 27 proposals for grants ranging from US$100,000 to US$500,000.

11 Jan 2010 description

Gender Equality Efforts by Civil Society and Governments in 26 Countries to Be Supported

New York - The new UNIFEM-managed Fund for Gender Equality announced its initial allocation of more than US$9 million to 27 initiatives in 26 countries today. The recently-established Fund, a US$68 million multilateral initiative, is designed to advance innovative programmes which focus on women's economic and political empowerment at local and national levels.

14 Dec 2009 description

Ramallah - Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, representing the Palestinian Authority, and the UN Resident Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Maxwell Gaylard, together opened the 2nd Festival to Combat Violence against Women in the oPt in Ramallah on 13 December.

The event celebrated the end of the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence and was held within the framework of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women.

10 Dec 2009 description

On the occasion of this year's Human Rights Day we are embarking on a campaign "Embrace Diversity - End Discrimination" for the coming year. The principle of non-discrimination lies at the heart of human rights. Discrimination also lies at the heart of the many human rights violations against Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

Twenty-six of the Universal Declaration's 30 Articles begin with the words "Everyone..." or "No one..." Everyone should enjoy all human rights. No one should be excluded.

16 Nov 2009 description

Anata - UNIFEM and the Palestinian Ministry of Women's Affairs, with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), organized for the first time in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) an event marking the International Day of Rural Women. The event took place in the marginalized village of Anata in East-Jerusalem, where more than 100 people came to show solidarity with Palestinian rural women.

The Minister of Women's Affairs, Ms. Rabiha Diab, was a special guest at a traditional pastoral breakfast organized by local and rural women to mark the day.

21 Apr 2009 description

The UN Gender Task Force launched today a household survey concerning the impacts, needs and perceptions of men and women in the aftermath of the 23-day military offensive launched by Israel in December 2008. The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,100 adult men and women across the Gaza Strip in the first week of March, 2009.

Key findings include:

- Psychological trauma and stress are consistently rated as a main concern by respondents regardless of gender, region or social group.

22 Aug 2007 description

In Arabic, 'Sabaya' means 'young women'. And for many young women in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), UNIFEM's Sabaya Programme means a pathway to empowerment.

Sabaya Centres empower women to become agents of change in the struggle for a just, peaceful Palestinian society, by promoting their participation in the social, economic and political life of their communities.

11 Nov 2006 description

Members of the International Women's Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace (IWC) have issued the following appeal in response to the recent bombardment of houses in the Gaza Strip.

IWC IMMEDIATE CALL FOR ACTION IN GAZA

As Israeli, Palestinian and international women leaders and activists, members of the International Women's Commission dedicated to the goal of ending the occupation and achieving a just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli peace based on a two-state solution, committed to the respect of international law, including relevant UN …

18 Sep 2006 description

Delegation of Israeli, Palestinian and international women leaders achieve historic agreement on principles for Middle East peace and urge international support.

United Nations, New York - A delegation of top Israeli, Palestinian and international women leaders arrive at the United Nations on September 20th to meet with President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen, at a time when Finland holds the Presidency of the European Union, in an effort to marshal high-level political pressure to restart negotiations in the region.

03 Aug 2006 description

Statement by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director, UNIFEM; Convenor, International Women's Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace (IWC)

13 Jul 2006 description

Members of the International Women's Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace (IWC) convened an emergency meeting in Athens, July 13, 2006. Following deliberations, the meeting issued the following appeal:

03 May 2006 description

New York - Members of the International Women's Commission, in New York for meetings with UN officials, expressed concern that the results of the Palestinian elections are being seen as a reason to disengage from the peace process, when in fact, this is a critical moment to explore a resumption of negotiations. If not seized now, they said, the chance will be lost.

28 Sep 2005 description

More than six months have passed since Tawjihi classes started at UNIFEM's two women's centres in the Northern Part of the West Bank - the Talfeet Women's Centre and the Allar Rural Girls Development Centre (ARGDC). The Tawjihi is a comprehensive exam that students must take at the end of their high school senior year to obtain a general diploma, which allows them to apply for university. The exam is considered a rite of passage for young Palestinians.

28 Jul 2005 description

In an energetic effort to work for a genuine negotiation towards a just and sustainable peace based on a two-state solution, 35 Palestinian, Israeli and international women leaders and activists met in Istanbul on 26-28 July 2005.

The group decided to establish for the first time an International Women's Commission to ensure the implementation of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (October 2000) that calls upon all state parties to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels.

"After three intensive days, women were able to …