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Agenda item 28: Advancement of women (continued) (A/67/220, A/67/227 and A/C.3/67/L.2)
44. Ms. Barghouti (Observer for Palestine) said that the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly were essential to women’s equality, advancement and empowerment.
45. Palestinian women were bearing the brunt of the Israeli occupation, under which human rights violations affected their socio-economic and psychological conditions and those of their children. The expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements and the construction of the apartheid wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the increase in home demolitions, the restrictions on movement and the destruction of property threatened their survival and well-being.
46. Since 1967, 25 per cent of the Palestinian population had been detained in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Although most detainees were men, women bore the social and financial costs, and were forced to take on the additional role of providing for their families.
47. Palestinian women suffered not only from domestic violence but also from the political violence of the occupying forces and illegal settlers. The Palestinian Authority had adopted a National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women for 2011 to 2019, prepared by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and UN-Women, to train and empower women, provide social support and promote a legal framework to stem violence.
48. For Palestinian women to enjoy freedom in an independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, more assistance was needed from the international community. The suffering of Palestinian women and their families under occupation should be ended, and Israel should be held accountable for its crimes.
83. Ms. Dali (Tunisia) ... drew attention to the systematic violation of the rights of women and children being committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and expressed admiration for the resilience of Palestinian mothers carrying out their roles under difficult conditions.
The meeting rose at 1.10 p.m.