International Women's Day 2015

On International Women’s Day 2015, UNRWA is celebrating ‘Everyday Heroines’ by focusing on our women staff on the front lines. 

 

International Women's Day. © UNRWA


On International Women’s Day 2015, UNRWA is celebrating ‘Everyday Heroines’ by focusing on our women staff on the front lines. 

More than 15,000 women make up 50 per cent of UNRWA staff. Based in Syria, Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan, most are Palestine refugees themselves, and many are living through emergencies – facing the same dangers and challenges as the communities they serve.

The rights of women and girls are an indivisible part of human rights and the work UNRWA does. UNRWA women staff members: doctors, nurses, teachers, school principals, social workers, and counsellors have been leaders in the advancement of the rights of Palestine refugee women and girls. In their everyday work, they have brought to the forefront the struggles faced by the Palestinian community at large, and specifically the struggles of women and girls all the while dealing with those same struggles themselves, the same crises, and the same losses. Our women staff members, continue to show hope and resourcefulness in the face of adversity setting an example to all of us. The dedication and commitment with which they do their work is a constant reminder of our duty to serve Palestine refugees.

We salute you, our Everyday Heroines.


The widows of Syria

Women are paying a heavy price in the conflict in Syria. Many have lost husbands, fathers and sons, while others have left homes, jobs and support networks behind. But, despite these enormous challenges, women in UNRWA collective shelters in Damascus are determined to continue with their lives and provide for their children. 

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A path to hope

Noor describes her experiences as a survivor of gender-based violence. "I feel empowered and I am rebuilding my life after experiencing violence at home. I do this through counselling and other support provided by the UNRWA Family Support Office in Alliance, Damascus. I know that every day women and girls across the world face violence. I have learned that we all have the right to live and grow without fear," she says.

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