On the occasion of the International Woman’s
(Witness): The Palestinian Woman being a major partner in facing the challenges,
calling for necessary protection
The Palestinian woman, bearing the concerns of the
Palestinian community, has proven her ability to withstand and overcome all the
crises that have hit the refugees in Lebanon; including wars, asylum, and
economic crises, remaining till this day hostage to these circumstances. She has struggled from various kinds of sufferings
rendering her to be the steadfast source of giving and balance beside the
Palestinian man in the countries of asylum.
The population in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the mid of
2021 has reach 5.23 million, among which 2.66 million are males (51%) and 2.57
million are females (49%). The American "Time" magazine included the
two young Palestinians, Muhammad and Mona Al-Kurd, who are both 23 years old,
among the 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2021, in a list
that included many celebrities, actors, pioneers and politicians from around
The statistics of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory indicate the killing
of 253 people in Gaza as a result of the Israeli aggression (149 men, 38 women,
43 boys and 23 girls), about 2,000
wounded (940 men, 398 women and 610 children), damage of 58 educational
facilities, 28 health buildings, and partial or complete destruction of more
than 1,800 residential and commercial units.
Palestinian women were evidently present
in the Palestinian daily scene at various levels, whether social, economic and
political, and dated the beginning of their participation in political work in
1929, and since that time, women have faced the occupation in an open battle,
despite the rise of a number of them among martyrs and captives and mothers of
prisoners and martyrs.
As well, there are thirty-four women imprisoned in the Israeli jails,
among which eight mothers and seven wounded and diseased, are exposed to
violation of their rights, and this contradicts the Convention against Torture
that prohibits the inhuman and degrading treatment.
In Lebanon, in the camps where living is at its minimal conditions with
an environment that lacks the convenient health status as well as the necessary
services, the Palestinian refugees, specifically women, endure the worst
economic, social, and living situation where even the human basic needs are not
fulfilled. Not to mention the disenfranchisement of the civil, economic, and
social rights because of the Lebanese law that is applied on the Palestinian
women considering them refugees on the Lebanese territory.
In 2021, the working Palestinian women in Lebanon have played a
prominent role in the social, educational, and health aspect during Corona
pandemic, as they demonstrated a high ability in dealing with the challenges that
hit the education sector which mandated the online learning. The same great
efforts were observed in the medical field, particularly the nursing sector
where the Palestinian woman proved her power in handling the health crisis.
challenges that the Palestinian women faced in 2021:
Women have faced complex challenges in 2021, as a
result of the repercussions of the spread of the Corona epidemic, in addition
to the great burdens that the mother had borne because of the distance learning
mechanism and the closure of schools, as well as the stifling economic crisis
and the living and health problems it carried.
Most mothers faced difficult living conditions,
especially in adapting to the limited incomes in light of the current economic
crisis in Lebanon, the collapse of the Lebanese currency, the limited
purchasing power to the basic needs of the family, and the inability to meet
all the requirements of children.
The Palestinian woman in Lebanon suffers from the lack
of legal identity, as well as the right to work and ownership.
We in the Palestinian Association for Human Rights
(witness), as we congratulate the women in the world in general and the
Palestinian woman in particular, we support the rights of Palestinian women in
all fields and in all places of their presence and we call for the following:
Establishment of international committees
that monitor the Israeli violations against women and children in the Occupied
Implementation the international
conventions in this regard especially those that are in account with women’s
Respect for the rules of international law
and the protection of special groups, especially women.
Additional support from the international
community to the UNRWA to facilitate the process of providing services for
Eviction of civilians from armed conflict regions
and avoid harming women and children.
Provision of protection for the women by
the countries hosting refugees and giving them their rights according to
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