Growing the Movement for Feminist Peace
For over 70 years, Palestinians living under Israeli occupation have been subject to human rights violations that have disproportionately affected women and girls. Palestinian women regularly face violence, threats, intimidation, restrictions on movement, and discrimination as a result of Israeli polices that violate international humanitarian and human rights law.
Our joint work with partners in Palestine aims to address the causes and consequences of gender-based violence within the Palestinian community as well as the gender-specific effects of increasing militarisation associated with the Israeli occupation. We seek to promote Palestinian women’s participation in the decision-making process and advance a gender-sensitive peace and security agenda.
WILPF also has a Section in Palestine, which was founded in 1988 and is today represented by female activists from various cities, small towns, villages, and refugee camps.
“Palestinian women who have grown up under the occupation have been on the frontlines defending our lands, our homes, and our families.”
Randa Siniora, General Director of the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)
WILPF works closely with our partners in Palestine: Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) and the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW).
WILPF and WCLAC’s ongoing work includes investing in women activists from marginalised areas to help them advocate for women, peace, and security through extensive capacity training, documenting Israeli violations to be submitted to different UN mechanisms, and advocating for the rights of Palestinian women at the EU and the UN.
We support GUPW in organising international advocacy activities aimed at advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Palestine.
Gendered Impacts of Occupation Violence
In February 2021, WILPF and GUPW held a joint webinar ahead of the Human Rights Council’s 46th session to shed light on the gendered impacts of the Israeli occupation in Palestine, and on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda under occupation. Watch the panel discussion in Arabic on our YouTube channel.
In an earlier joint submission to assist the process of the Universal Periodic Review on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in 2017, WCLAC, Community Action Center (CAC) – Al-Quds University, and the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), along with WILPF, addressed human rights violations inflicted on Palestinian women by the State of Israel and recommended immediate measures that must be taken by all UN member states and by Israel. Read the submission: Palestinian Women Under Prolonged Israeli Occupation: The Gendered Impact of Occupation Violence
WILPF Stands in Solidarity with Palestine
On 27 May, a joint statement by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC) was submitted to the Human Rights Council Special Session on the Grave Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Read moreThe statement urged the council to ensure that gendered impacts are investigated and addressed, to recommend an arms embargo, and to call on parties to end the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. WILPF also launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #WILPFStandsWithPalestine, to raise awareness about the situation and denounce apartheid, ethnic cleansing and settler colonialism in Palestine.
Call for Action to Stop the Israeli Annexation Plan of the West Bank
The decision of the Israeli government to annex large parts of the occupied Palestinian territory in 2020 is a significant violation of international law and must be unequivocally opposed and stopped by the international community and by individuals and groups around the world.
People around the world must use their voices, their vote, and their spaces to ensure that their governments go beyond condemnation and non-recognition of annexation into taking concrete actions.
On-the-Ground Support for Gender Based Violence Survivors
Living under a military occupation contributes to high rates of physical, sexual, and psychological violence against women in Palestine, which further increased during COVID-19.
As a leading resource for women experiencing violence, WILPF’s partner WCLAC developed an emergency response plan to meet the increasing needs of women victims of gender-based violence, including providing 24/7 free legal and social aid services to victims of violence through helplines and online resources. Read more about WCLAC’s around the clock support to GBV survivors.
Political Is Personal Podcast: Women of Palestine: Life under Occupation and Decades of Feminist Movement
In yet another escalation of unabating colonial violence that has persisted for seventy-three years, the occupied Palestinian territories witnessed last May bloody events and new violations drawing the world’s attention, albeit momentarily, to the Palestinian cause.
The hashtag #SaveSheikhJarrah became a trend on social media, and the Palestinian cause once again occupied societal and political debate regionally and internationally. But as is the case with every trend, it was not long until the event was forgotten and the interest in the longstanding Palestinian struggle against colonialism lost momentum.
This episode of ‘Political Is Personal’ seeks to underline the continuous violations carried out by the colonial powers for decades, violating the human rights of the Palestinian people in general, and Palestinian women in particular.
Listen to our podcast. And help us promote it by sharing our social media posts with the hashtags #political_is_personal #السياسي_شخصي #WILPF_Podcast