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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
31 October 2014


THE BASQUE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS WOMEN IN GAZA

31 October 2014

The Basque Government is supporting women in Gaza through the programme ‘Empowerment strategies to reduce vulnerability of refugee women’. Implemented by UNRWA, the programme will address the vulnerabilities faced by women, including those due to the Israeli blockade on Gaza and the traditionally patriarchal society.

The programme will focus on gender perspectives in health, economic empowerment and human rights. Over 70,600 people will participate, including more than 38,800 women and 31,800 men.

The programme will also include awareness activities in Spain about the situation and rights of refugee women. An anticipated 7,740 people will visit exhibitions and participate in roundtables in cities and towns across Basque Country, which will help raise awareness among Spanish society about the situation of refugee women in Gaza.

The Basque Government support for the 12-month programme totals almost EUR 600,000 (US$ 776,000).

There are four expected outcomes from the programme:


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 56 million.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile:
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office:
+972 (0)2 589 0267
c.gunness@unrwa.org(link sends e-mail)

Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile:
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office:
+972 (0)2 589 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org


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