Palestine

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 --
Gender Inequality Index2 --
HDI Ranking #114
Political Participation
Government--
Total population1.7 million (Gaza); 2.6 million (West Bank)
GDP per capita (PPP) $2,900
HDI ranking3#114
Population under age 1544% (Gaza); 35% (West Bank)
Urban population72%
Internet users58% (West Bank)
LanguagesArabic, Hebrew, English

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Overview
Government--
Total population3.8 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $1,123
HDI ranking#110
Population under age 1536%
Urban population72%
Internet users14%
LanguagesArabic, Hebrew, English

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation
Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 -- Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 94% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses --
Gender Inequality Index2 -- Population with secondary education, female/male ratio -- Women in Parliament ranking --
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 31.3% (26.3%) Women at ministerial level (ranking) --
Year women received right to vote/be elected --
HealthQuotas
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 330 Quota type --
Births per woman 4.5 Constitutional quota in lower house --
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 60 Electoral quota in lower house --
Voluntary political party quotas --

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Reports & Updates
July 11, 2014 | bomb, gaza, Human Rights, Human Rights Alerts, israel, Middle East, palestine, peace, Palestine
  Since July 7, over 500 people – over 100 of those children – have been killed in Gaza. Over 3,000 Palestinians have been injured. Thousands of children are experiencing what it is like to be bombarded; thousands of families are now without shelter.
April 16, 2014 | Human Rights, Middle East, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine
On Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Rabat the regional Equality Without Reservation Coalition launched its renewed call for the lifting
April 16, 2014 | Bahrain, CEDAW, Equality without Reservation, Human Rights, MENA, Middle East, Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine
   Equality Without Reservation (EWR) is an campaign based in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region, consisting of 120 organizations from 17 Arab countries, advocating for the removal of all reservations to the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); ratification of the Convention’s Optional Protocol; and full implementation of the Con
March 15, 2013 | Arab Caucus, csw 57, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, violence against women, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine
**WLP joins partner organizations and others in the MENA region, and those from outside the region standing in solidarity for women’s full human rights, including the right to be free from violence, in the MENA region. The statement below was originally posted on here on the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies website.** 
December 5, 2012 | Arabic, Bahrain, gender-based violence, MENA, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine
   امرأة واحدة على الأقل من أصل ثلاث نساء في العالم تقع ضحية العنف، و يعد ذلك أحد أسوأ أشكال الانتهاك لحقوق الإنسان على وجه الأرض -– وهو حاضر في كل بلد وثقافة وديانة وطبقة اجتماعية.
November 26, 2012 | Bahrain, csw, Human Rights, MENA, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, بيان لجنة وضع المرأة, Egypt, Victories over Violence, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine
 إن الموضوع الرئيسي للجنة وضع المرأة للدورة السابعة والخمسين هو العنف ضد المرأة. نحن، في "شراكة تعلم المرأة"، نؤمن بأهمية هذا الموضوع في هذا الوقت خاصة في ظل الثورات التي جرت مؤخراً والتحولات الجارية في مناطق من العالم لا تزال النساء فيها غير حاصلات على حقوقهن.*  
November 14, 2012 | 2012 Events, Americas, Leading to Action, Brazil, Egypt, Political Participation, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
In October, WLP traveled to Lima, Peru for the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) seventh Global Assembly, Democracy for All: Ensuring Political, Social, and Economic Inclusion. The conference brought together WLP Partners and more than 500 democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars, providing an important opportunity for learning, exchange, and networking with civil society actors from across the world.

Profile

Hanan Mikhail Ashrawi

Secretary General / Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH)
Nationality:  Palestine
Profession:  Activist, Policy-maker, Scholar/Writer
Languages Spoken:  Arabic, English
Area(s) of Expertise:  Human Security, Peace & Conflict Resolution
Country/Region of Expertise:  Middle East, Palestine
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a scholar and long-time activist for the people of Palestine and the recognition of Palestinian culture, is Founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) and an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Jerusalem District.

In 1974, Dr. Ashrawi founded the Birzeit University Legal Aid Committee/Human Rights Action Project. She later joined the Intifada Political Committee, serving on its Diplomatic Committee until 1993.

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