UNRWA Launches Campaign to End Violence Against Women

26 November 2009

26 November 2009


Yesterday saw the launch of a campaign throughout the West Bank to end violence against women, organized by UNRWA’s education and relief and social services programmes.

During the 16-day campaign, a series of activities will be held in UNRWA’s schools and womens’ centres throughout the West Bank, including creative workshops, documentary screenings and special sessions on the adverse health-related and psychological consequences of gender-based violence. Young people in the camps will be encouraged to engage imaginatively with the issue of violence against women through art and short stories.

Events will culminate in a final ceremony at the Ramallah Womens’ Training Centre on 10 December, which will showcase the childrens’ artistic and literary works along with UNRWA’s engagement in ending violence against women. Local dignitaries and Agency officials will participate in this final event, which promises to offer a platform for discussion and exchange.

The campaign in the West Bank is the Agency’s contribution to the tenth annual International Campaign of Ending Violence Against Women, in which governments, institutions and individuals worldwide will be urged to ‘Commit, Act and Demand’ and end violence against women.

For more information about the campaign in the West Bank, contact Rea Bonzi - r.bonzi@unrwa.org


Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at more than US$ 106  million.

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