Staff members of Community Based Organizations in Khan Younis actively participate in a ‘Training of Trainers’ workshop offered by the UNRWA Gender Initiative with funds from BMZ Germany. Photo credit: © UNRWA 2015 Photo by Ahmed Al Maqadama.
23 April 2015
UNRWA has entered the final phase of an early recovery project called ‘Assistance to Support Education, Health and Gender in the Transition from Emergency to Development’, generously funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ).
A group of students from al-Maghazi Preparatory Girls School B attend an awareness session on early marriage at al-Maghazi WPC. One student, Raghda Abu Ma’liq, explains her point of view during discussions: “Education is really important for us; it’s the tool to achieve a better understanding of things, which at the end will lead to a better future too.” © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
08 January 2016
The annual ’16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’ led by UN Women concluded in December 2015, but the topic remains relevant all year round. The campaign calls upon activists, governments and United Nations partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending...
One of the projects made by UNRWA students in Damascus for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign says: ‘Protection for all: No to begging, no to discrimination, no to school dropouts, no to sexual abuse, no to homelessness, no to child labour, and no to domestic violence’. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
10 December 2015
With drawings, paintings and wall magazines promoting the theme of this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All’, UNRWA students in Damascus joined forces to say no to violence against women and children, yes to...
A group of women practice yoga at the gym in the Rawafed Association in Deir El-Balah, central Gaza. The sports facilities are funded by the UNRWA Gender Initiative. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan
03 December 2015
Every week in the calm, early Saturday morning hours, a group of women gather in front of the Rawafed Association in Deir El-Balah, central Gaza, preparing themselves for their weekly ‘power walking’ session
Suhair Riyad Battah is one of 21 female guards who will be working at UNRWA Health Centres in Gaza.  © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan.
05 June 2015
UNRWA has started to employ 21 female guards in its Health Centres across the Gaza Strip as part of the Agency’s efforts to ensure a protective environment for service delivery and enhanced gender-equity
Press Releases
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...