31 October 2014
The Basque Government is supporting women in Gaza through the programme ‘Empowerment strategies to reduce vulnerability of refugee women’. Implemented by UNRWA, the programme will address the vulnerabilities faced by women, including those due to the Israeli blockade on Gaza and the traditionally patriarchal society...
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A Sweeter Future
09 April 2014
A deformed leg, a failing thyroid gland and kidney disease were not enough to hold Alla Jarghoun down. Her illness may have forced her to withdraw from school, but she wasn’t willing to give up
Light in Aida Camp, © Guillaume Petermann.
26 March 2014
What I’ve learned is that we can’t wait around for someone else to help us, that’s not living, we have to develop ourselves,” says Islam Jameel. Islam, 35 grew up in Aida camp during the first intifada. Shortly after her marriage, Israeli forces arrested her husband Ahmed. He was kept in prison for four years until he...
19 March 2014
Gaza As a child, Um Ahmad didn’t have the opportunity to go to school, and she was completely illiterate when she got married, at only 18. But those who underestimate women like this Palestine refugee from Khan Younis, in Gaza, should take a look at Um Ahmad today. Now 42, Um Ahmad supports herself, her jobless...
In Gaza, Men Say ‘No’ to Violence against Women
05 February 2014
Gaza On 25 November 2013, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) launched the 16 Days Campaign to Combat Violence against Women. The theme for 2013 was ‘Time for Change: Men Say No to Violence Against Women’. In Gaza, the campaign reached 2,150 people through activities including sessions with key figures...
10 January 2014
East Jerusalem The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) thanks the Valladolid Regional Government, in Spain, for a generous contribution of EUR 12,662 (US$ 17,304). The latest funds from Valladolid will help UNRWA combat gender-based violence (GBV) in the Gaza Strip,...
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Using Art to Encourage Change
19 December 2013
Damascus On 26 November, in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) invited 21 young students to display their paintings and photographs at the Damascus Training Centre. The exhibition, ‘Women’s Image in Art’, also included...
06 December 2013
Damascus Following the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed on 25 November, Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, Director of Affairs in Syria for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), opened a family support office to serve Palestine refugees in Damascus. Located within the UNRWA...
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Blazing a Trail for Working Mothers at UNRWA
02 December 2013
On Friday, 22 November, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) inaugurated the New Mothers’ Space in its West Bank field office. Opened by Director of UNRWA Operations Felipe Sanchez, it is not just the first breastfeeding space UNRWA has opened in any of its five field offices, but also the first such...
Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence
30 September 2013
In Gaza, the Gender Initiative of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) works on both protection from and the prevention of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Awareness-Raising in the Community (DV) project targets community members – women, men and youth – through training and discussion groups on...