Palestinian women in the aftermath of the May 2021 military attacks - ESCWA
26 November 2021
15:00–17:00

Beirut time

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Palestinian women in the aftermath of the May 2021 military attacks

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  • Beirut, Lebanon
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ESCWA is supporting the Palestinian Ministry of Women’s Affairs in organizing an international conference on the status of Palestinian women in the aftermath of the May 2021 Israeli military attacks on the Gaza Strip and other Palestinian populations. The conference will highlight the gendered impact of the conflict on women and girls in Palestine, particularly in the Gaza Strip.

The offensive from 10 to 21 May 2021 was the most intense since the seven-week 2014 Israeli war on Gaza. In the aftermath of the bombardments, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory reported 253 casualties (149 men, 38 women, 43 boys and 23 girls) in Gaza and nearly 2000 people were injured (940 men, 398 women, 610 children). Furthermore, 58 education facilities and 28 health structures were damaged and more than 1800 housing and commercial units were damaged or destroyed, leaving thousands of people displaced; 800,000 people have no regular access to safe piped water. The immediate, short-term and long-term gendered impact of the conflict must be properly assessed in order to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive response that challenges and transforms gender inequalities rather than maintaining them.

In May 2021, thousands of people around the world demonstrated against Israel's military aggression, showing solidarity with the Palestinians. The conference aims to capitalize on this international momentum and translate this solidarity into action. The experiences faced by Palestinian women and girls, particularly those in Gaza, are being highlighted. Means to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable are also under discussion.

Outcome document

  • All relevant actors and stakeholders, including Palestinian institutions, the United Nations system, Member States and international and regional organizations are urged to take action to support the Palestinian people and their institutions in realizing sustainable development from a gendered lens in the occupied Palestinian territory as a prerequisite for justice, security and a lasting peace.
  • Adherence to international law is imperative to securing justice and peace for all those living in the region.
  • Utilizing gender-sensitive rights-based approaches, grounded in international law and human right, through assistance and support frameworks with the active engagement of Palestinian women and girls in all processes.
  • The individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people are inalienable and safeguarded by international principles and laws.
  • Self-determination of the Palestinian people cannot be attained without the full engagement and realization of the rights of Palestinian women and girls through engagement in the implementation of the agenda of women, safety and peace and its accompanying decisions, and leveraging their results.
  • Implementation of the Call to Action will be most effective if done through multi-stakeholder coordination in partnership with Palestinian institutions, particularly the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and women’s civil society organizations. This necessitates a participatory approach that involves organizing, coordination and support.

The Conference highlighted the gendered impact of the May 2021 Israeli military offensive on women and girls in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly in the Gaza Strip, and capitalized upon international solidarity with the Palestinian people at various levels, seeking to translate solidarity into action.

All relevant actors and stakeholders, including Palestinian institutions, the United Nations system, Member States and international and regional organizations are urged to take action to support the Palestinian people and their institutions in realizing sustainable development from a gendered lens in the occupied Palestinian territory as a prerequisite for justice, security and a lasting peace.

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