45. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized a series of workshops on the universal periodic review mechanism of the Human Rights Council to support civil society groups in their access to international human rights mechanisms and to promote accountability. The Office trained police officers of the Police Academy in Jericho and Prosecutors in Ramallah in human rights standards and mechanisms. OHCHR also trained 66 teachers at the primary and secondary levels in Ramallah, Nablus and Bethlehem in issues related to addressing children’s priority needs in conflict situations.
46. In order to promote the advancement of refugee women as partners in the development process, UNRWA supported 26 Women Programme Centres and, in the course of 2008, 3,094 women attended courses in computer literacy, first aid, hairdressing and sewing. Many programmes targeted the entire community so as to promote women’s self-reliance. A total of 22,403 persons attended awareness-raising lectures and 6,775 people sought advice from legal aid bureaux housed in the community centres. UNRWA also introduced the equality in action programme to address the needs of Palestinian girls and women in Gaza. The initiative was designed to address inequality at all levels of social, economic and political life.
47. The UNDP Programme of Assistance established two women’s vocational training centres in the towns of Nuseirat and Jabalia (Gaza Strip) offering access to social and economic services to women and their families, and established a community development house in Silwan in East Jerusalem. The Programme also provided vocational training to more than 1,850 women. ILO facilitated a number of gender workshops for employees of the Ministries of Women’s Affairs and Labour and Planning, and of the Federation of Palestinian Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, and the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions.
48. UNFPA worked on strengthening community-based organizations established to institutionalize the provisions contained in Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and to provide health services, counselling, microcredit and health education. In addition, UNFPA worked with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to establish a national committee for combating gender-based violence.
49. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provided emergency support and employment generation, worth $904,149, to 4,550 households headed by women through backyard farming and cottage industries. Through training in food processing and cottage industries and through marketing initiatives, FAO sought to make those income-generating activities sustainable. In order to promote agricultural entrepreneurship skills among youth in Gaza, FAO provided training in small-scale farming to 480 young persons in 4 schools in Gaza and 12 schools in the West Bank through its Junior Farmer Field and Life School training schemes.
50. UNICEF implemented projects in the area of child protection, worth $2.9 million, and worked with community leaders to disseminate child protection messages, develop psychosocial services and coordinate reporting on child-protection issues, including those set out in Security Council resolution 1612 (2005).
51. UNFPA provided technical and financial support to governmental and non-governmental organizations in order to strengthen their delivery of psychosocial services to young people and to provide economic opportunities to young university graduates. In 2008, 23,090 young persons were provided with psychosocial support and 100 with economic opportunities.
52. The Summer Games 2008, sponsored by UNRWA, which is the largest recreational youth initiative to have taken place in Gaza to date, catered to over a quarter of a million participants over a period of 10 weeks. The activities provided included swimming and a variety of sports, arts and crafts, environmental activities and field trips to the newly opened Museum of Archaeology in Gaza.