UN envoy hails contribution of Palestinian women to development

UM Cemil Aqra, a 57-year-old Palestinian woman is seen selling fish to contribute to her family budget in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 7 March 2020. Ali [Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

UM Cemil Aqra, a 57-year-old Palestinian woman is seen selling fish to contribute to her family budget in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 7 March 2020

United Nations Resident Coordinator Jamie Mcgoldrick yesterday hailed the contributions made by Palestinian women to the development of their communities.

In a statement issued on International Women’s Day, Mcgoldrick said: “The United Nations acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of Palestinian women to the development of their communities.”

He added: “In this context, we commend and support the ongoing efforts of civil society actors and the Government of Palestine to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

Mcgoldrick also said: “While we celebrate progress and achievements, we must also recognise the continued challenges that Palestinian women face, including in the context of the continued Israeli military occupation.

“Across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, we continue to work with all stakeholders to improve women’s safety and security, livelihoods, employment opportunities, political participation, access to education, health care and other services.”

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(Source / 09.03.2020) 

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