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        Economic and Social Council
1 December 2008

Original: English

Commission on the Status of Women
Fifty-third session
2-13 March 2009
Item 3 (c) of the provisional agenda*
Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and
to the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly,
entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and
peace for the twenty-first century”: gender mainstreaming,
situations and programmatic matters

Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women

Report of the Secretary-General

The present report summarizes the situation of Palestinian women between October 2007 and September 2008, in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 2008/11. It reviews the situation of Palestinian women and provides an overview of the assistance provided by entities of the United Nations system with regard to, inter alia, education and training; health; employment and entrepreneurship; women’s human rights; violence against women; and humanitarian assistance. The report concludes with recommendations for consideration by the Commission on the Status of Women.


I. Introduction II. Situation of Palestinian women III. Assistance to Palestinian women A. Education and training B. Health C. Employment and entrepreneurship D. Women’s human rights

E. Violence against women

F. Humanitarian assistance G. Advocacy and information H. Gender mainstreaming IV. Conclusions and recommendations

1 World Health Organization, Health conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan: report of the Secretariat (A/61/INF.DOC./4), annex, para. 1.
2Ibid., para. 13.
3Department of Political Affairs contribution to the report (2008).
4 See Official Records of the General Assembly, Sixty-third Session, Supplement No. 53 (A/63/53), chap. II.A, resolution 7/18, para. 3 (f).
5 OCHA Closure Update: Main Findings and Analysis (30 April-11 September 2008), September 2008.
6 International Monetary Fund, “Macroeconomic and Fiscal Framework for the West Bank and Gaza: Second Review of Progress”, 22 September 2008.
7 World Bank, “Palestinian Economic Prospects: Aid, Access and Reform”, September 2008.
8 UNRWA, “Prolonged Crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Socio-economic Developments in 2007”, 2008, chap. VI.
9 Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, The Humanitarian Monitor — Occupied Palestinian Territory, No. 25 (May 2008).
10 UNFPA Occupied Palestinian Territory Consolidated Appeals Process 2008.
11United Nations country team Occupied Palestinian Territory contribution to the report (2008).
12International Labour Organization, Report of the Director-General, on the situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories, 2008.
13World Food Programme, Food Security and Market Monitoring Report, No. 19 (July 2008).
14Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Labour Force Survey (April-June 2008) Round (Q2/2008), 15 September 2008, table 6.
15Ibid., table 8.
16Palestinian Authority: Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics: Labour Force Survey (April-June 2008).
17International Labour Organization, Unprotected Employment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A Gender Equality and Workers’ Rights Perspective, Beirut, 2008, Executive Summary.
18World Health Organization, 2008, op. cit., para. 16.
19World Health Organization, 2008, op. cit., para. 61.
20 Ibid, para. 63.
21Ibid., para. 12.
22Mandela Institute for Human Rights, referenced in the UNIFEM executed project “Protection of Female Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons and Detention Centers”, as cited in United Nations country team contribution to the report (2008).
23 Fact sheet “Medical neglect of Palestinian Women in Israeli prisons”, published by Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association, Mandela Institute for Human Rights and Palestinian Counseling Center, June 2008, within the Protection of Palestinian Female Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons and Detention Centers project, available at: (in United Nations country team contribution).
24 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, “Palestine in Figures 2007”, May 2008, p. 23.
25 UNICEF contribution to the report (2008).
26Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, press release, 6 March 2008.

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