GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Women’s Affairs Center within the Gaza Strip has lately introduced the launch of procedures to ascertain, with the participation of civil and official establishments, a nationwide community aimed to develop plans to help girls in instances of disaster and battle.
The announcement got here throughout a convention Oct. 7 organized by the Women’s Affairs Center and attended by representatives of official and civil establishments, researchers, lecturers and activists, all specializing in girls’s affairs.
The nationwide community, in keeping with the middle, goals to supply shelters for girls throughout and after their publicity to a disaster or battle, all of the whereas selling their participation within the Gaza reconstruction committees and growing their illustration in decision-making.
The institution of the community relies on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which focuses on defending girls’s rights in instances of disaster and emergency.
The convention additionally mentioned the repercussions of the current Israeli aggression within the Gaza Strip, throughout which dozens of girls had been killed.
The Israel-Hamas battle between May 10 and May 21, resulted within the dying of 259 Palestinians, together with 65 girls, and the wounding of two,211 Palestinians, together with 752 girls, in keeping with a report by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The Women’s Affairs Center is an impartial and nonprofit group (NGO) established in 1991 within the Gaza Strip. It has three fundamental targets, specifically selling girls’s capability constructing, enhancing the knowledge-based decision-making course of for girls and elevating consciousness among the many local people about girls’s rights and the necessity to achieve gender justice.
Participants on the convention mentioned seven analysis papers that tackled the issues going through girls in Gaza, particularly the displaced, the disabled, the wounded and most cancers sufferers.
Ziad Taha, coordinator of the mission to launch the nationwide community, informed Al-Monitor, “Women in the Gaza Strip greatly suffered during the recent Israeli aggression. They faced death, injury, displacement and the inability to care for their children. This is why we came up with the idea of establishing this national network with the aim of reducing violence against women during times of war and crisis.”
He mentioned that NGOs involved with girls’s rights are creating mechanisms to contain authorities establishments, in addition to worldwide establishments resembling UN Women, in establishing this community.
The announcement of this nationwide community is a glimmer of hope for girls who fell prey to the current battle on Gaza, resembling 42-year-old Mervat Owais, who misplaced her solely supply of earnings in the course of the battle.
Owais, who’s the only real breadwinner in her household of 4, informed Al-Monitor, “Israel killed my husband during the 2014 war against the Gaza Strip, and again it demolished my sewing and clothes repair workshop during the last aggression in May when it bombed al-Wehda Street in central Gaza City. I have nothing left to make ends meet.”
This actuality prompted Owais to tug her eldest son Mohammed, 14, out of college so he can work at a automobile restore workshop to supply for the household’s wants.
“Gazan women are in dire need of a similar network to get the psychological and economic support they need, have job opportunities and get rid of the [trauma] resulting from the recent Israeli war,” Owais mentioned.
Tahani Qasem, mission coordinator of the Hayat Project for the Protection and Empowerment of Women and Families affiliated with the Center for Women’s Legal Research, Counseling and Protection in Gaza, who participated within the convention, informed Al-Monitor, “One of the most important priorities of this national network is to provide specialized and equipped shelters to meet the needs of women, girls and people with disabilities, and to protect them when their rights are violated in times of conflict and war and when they are exposed to violence.”
Qasem burdened the necessity to contain authorities companies in supporting girls and defending them from the repercussions of battle, particularly those that misplaced their husbands at instances of battle by offering them with a month-to-month compensation and monetary help to assist them help their kids and have the social and financial independence they want.
She famous that the nationwide community will present psychological and social help and financial empowerment providers for girls and ladies who’ve been topic to gender-based violence.
For Taha, the objectives of the nationwide community will solely be achieved when girls’s positions in decision-making are strengthened, as it will assist deliver girls’s points to the very best political positions within the Palestinian territories, and can put strain to enhance girls’s lives.
According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics’ (PCBS) newest report on the truth of Palestinian girls and their participation in decision-making in 2019, which was launched March 7, the participation of girls in decision-making remains to be restricted in comparison with males.
The report acknowledged that in 2019, girls accounted for five% of the members of the Palestinian Central Council; 11% of the members of the Palestinian National Council affiliated with the PLO; 13% of the Cabinet members in Ramallah, the West Bank, and 11% of the ambassadors within the diplomatic corps.
According to the report, there was just one lady out of 16 governors within the West Bank. At the extent of West Bank municipalities, there have been no feminine mayors in areas beneath the executive management of the Palestinian Authority (Areas A and B). As for the Palestinian municipalities beneath the Israeli administrative management (Area C), there have been three feminine mayors in comparison with 97 male mayors.
The report additionally acknowledged that in 2019, 91% of the heads of commerce union organizations registered with the Palestinian Ministry of Labor had been males, leaving solely 9% for girls. As for the members of the Federation of Palestinian Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, the proportion reached 96% for males, in comparison with solely 4% for girls in Palestine.
This low participation of girls in decision-making positions is obvious regardless of the upper charges of feminine enrollment in secondary and better schooling in comparison with males. According to the PCBS, the overall enrollment charges for males in secondary schooling reached about 73% in comparison with 92% for females. Female college students enrolled in larger schooling establishments account for 61% of the overall variety of college students for the tutorial 12 months 2019-20.