Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gender Equality - Social, Political and Economic in the OPT
Women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory suffer from high levels of poverty and unemployment, with women refugees particularly vulnerable.This Joint Programme works to promote Palestinian women's social, economic and political empowerment and reduce gender-based violence by encouraging their political voice, increasing their opportunities to obtain decent and productive work, and improving their access to protection and justice.
Six UN agencies work with partners from civil society, the private sector and governmental institutions, using a rights-based approach and operating on three strategic levels: grassroots, sub-central and central government.
i) Formative research and lessons learned;
ii) Capacity building of key institutions and organizations that advocate for gender equality, deliver gender-sensitive services and monitor progress towards the MDGs; and
iii) An innovative mass media and communication campaign to raise popular support for gender equality.
The programme also features skills training and counseling, increased access to credit, and women's leadership development.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- First ever Violence Against Women (VAW) Strategy was drawn up and endorsed by the Palestinian Cabinet.
- Interministerial coordination mechanisms were established to strengthen gender policies across first line ministries (health, education, justice and labor).
- The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) strengthened capacities for producing gender statistics, including a baseline of gender based violence and progress toward MDGs.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period