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Agenda item 102: Advancement of women (continued)*
Agenda item 103: Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century” (continued)*
The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.
Agenda item 102: Advancement of women (continued ) (A/57/3, A/57/38 (Part I), A/57/125, A/57/129-E/2002/77, A/57/169, 170, 171, 330 and Add.1, 406, 432 and 447)
Agenda item 103: Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century” (continued) (A/57/3 and 286)
16. Ms. Al-Malki (Qatar) ...
23. Lastly, her delegation expressed great concern for the suffering of Palestinian women and the hardships they were going through in the occupied territories, as they and their family members were subject to daily mistreatment by the Israeli occupation forces. The international community should not be selective in defending women’s rights, and should not overlook the Palestinian women whose rights were being violated.
24. Mr. Aleryani (Yemen) ...
30. Yemeni women’s associations expressed great concern about the situation of women in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Golan Heights and southern Lebanon. Pregnant women were prevented from reaching hospitals and others were hampered from going to work or school. Occupation should end in order for those mistreatments to stop.
31. Ms. Leyton (Chile), Vice-Chairman, took the Chair.
42. Mr. Zeidan (Lebanon) ...
47. The Israeli occupation had worsened the situation of women in all the occupied Arab territories. Defending their personal rights had become a less important duty for women than that of combating the occupation, and they had had to devote their energies to the struggle for survival. To avoid coming under fire from the Israeli army, they had chosen to stay at home, abandoning their employment. Thus, the responsibilities of Palestinian women were limited to their roles as housewives and mothers. They could not travel without being terrorized; even shopping was to be avoided. It was in that context that women such as the activist Leila Khaled and the fighter Hanan Ashrawi had become prominent, playing an essential role in the Middle East peace process. Women who fought for peace were increasingly numerous and their ideas and actions were known throughout the world. Their activities kept hope alive in the exhausted hearts of Palestinians, the hope of achieving the peace of which they had long dreamed.
The meeting rose at 4.25 p.m.
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