The teaching sessions are part of an anti-violence campaign launched by UNRWA in Gaza last week, aiming to help the local community to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. The campaign also includes an exhibition today of the unique handcrafts produced by UNRWA’s Sulafa centre, run by women in aid of marginalised Gazan women living in abject poverty. The initiative aims to help women establish a source of income through the use of traditional skills.
Throughout the West Bank today, UNRWA campaigned to raise awareness about violence against women in the Palestine refugee community. A series of workshops with legal aid organisations involved men and women in discussions about women’s rights, while UNRWA schools in the area celebrated this occasion with discussions in school parliaments, speaking events for children, and a series of art competitions on the problem of violence against women. More crafts and other products, these made by refugee women in the West Bank, went on sale at an UNRWA fair in Nazareth, northern Israel.
UNRWA Jordan teamed up with the women’s programme centre in Husn refugee camp for an open-space conference on Palestinian female identity. Entitled “My identity…my memories…my future”, the event was supported by the GIZ Social & Cultural Fund, and featured photos and written submissions by women on the subject of women’s identity.
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