International Women’s Day: The founder of the Center for Women’s Legal Research and Consulting in the Gaza Strip devotes her life to a more equitable world
A delegation of women invited to Europe to speak about the plight of women living in armed conflict was not able to travel because, as a result of the conflict, their request to exit Gaza was denied. The irony might have been appreciated if it weren’t so infuriating.
Female hairdressers and students are denied permits to exit the Gaza Strip because they are not “exceptional humanitarian cases”. Male merchants do not have this problem.
Suhair Sakka, a senior official in the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees in the Gaza Strip, is trying to help women in Gaza to enter the job market. This is no easy feat in a place with 30.3 percent unemployment, but the past two years have already seen the launch of many as five cooperatives run by women, and there are more to come.
Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency recently published a report about two sisters from the Gaza Strip, aged 13 and 16, who went to work in the fishing industry to support their family following their father's illness. The report drew much interest and was translated and published on several Arabic language websites. True, it is out of the ordinary for two girls in a conservative society to find themselves in a field, or sea, as it were, usually reserved for men, but considering the difficult situation in Gaza– 39.3% unemployment in the second quarter of 2010, with the number of people living in abject poverty rising in the last two years from 100,000 to 300,000 according to the UN Office...