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8 March 2005

Press Release
International Women’s Day 2005

Towards a More Secure Future: UN Agencies Operating in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory Call for Action in Improving the Situation of Palestinian Women

Jerusalem, 8 March 2005 – Today, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 11 UN agencies1 operating in the occupied Palestinian territory have put their voices together in a call to action for the protection of Palestinian women from the political, economic and social insecurity that threatens their wellbeing.

“In Beijing, the nations of the world recognized that gender equality, peace and development are inexorably linked, but ten years later, it is still a Palestinian woman’s face that we see in this conflict when we speak of suffering from poverty, social upheaval and violence.” says Alia El-Yassir, UNIFEM Programme Coordinator.

Women in the occupied Palestinian territory face particular challenges due both to the ongoing conflict situation coupled with internal constraints, including:

The UN agencies call upon:

For further information, please contact:
June Ray, OHCHR, Tel: 08-2827021, fax: 08-2827321, mobile: 059416025, email:

Alia El-Yassir, UNIFEM, Tel: 02-6268236, fax: 02-6268222, mobile: 0546290024, email:


1 Office of the UN Special Coordinator (UNSCO), International labour Organization (ILO), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO)

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