Palestinian women are often excluded from political decision-making in their own society by patriarchal traditions—compounding gender based violence and other forms of gendered discrimination.

The Added Value of the WPHF

In Palestine, the WPHF aims to increase the participation of women in political decision making, give voice to their protection concerns, address and prevent some of the root causes of their vulnerability to violence and build their leadership and resilience in local communities.

Background

The impact of six decades of Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, and the almost decade long blockade of Gaza have thwarted state-building and development efforts and left more than 1.9 million Palestinians in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Israel’s military occupation negatively shapes women’s experiences at multiple and intersecting levels.

The Issue

There is not only a lack of sufficient humanitarian and development assistance targeting women and girls’ needs, but Palestinian women are also excluded from political decision-making in their own society by patriarchal traditions—compounding gender based violence and other forms of gendered discrimination.

A UN Women/OCHA analysis of gender marker data between 2011-2016 revealed that only 0.6% of the 1.7 billion USD of humanitarian funding allocated during that period were for projects specifically targeting women’s needs or gender equality. This limited funding primarily supported initiatives related to women’s health and combating gender based violence; not to empowering women to participate in socioeconomic recovery or decision-making processes.

Complementarities & Partnerships

There are a number of small community-based organizations working in Palestine with the objective of providing immediate assistance to the most vulnerable women, such as Bedouin women, rural women in communities targeted for demolition and eviction, and women working in the agricultural sector in informal or unpaid roles.

While these organizations benefit from growing networks, their limited capacity and connectivity means they tend to access only small grants. CSOs in Palestine have a need to increase their organizational capacity and extend their networks and advocacy messages beyond the local level to reach national, regional and international decision-makers.

In Palestine, the WPHF will specifically focus on:

  1. The establishment of local women’s protection committees to promote women’s participation in decision making at municipality and governorate levels, while also empowering women to access and advocate with national and international level policy makers.
  2. Increasing women’s benefit from socio-economic recovery initiatives, particularly addressing gaps in access to transportation and childcare services as preconditions for improved mobility and economic empowerment.

Funding Needs

$3,000,000 over 2 years

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