At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 --
Gender Inequality Index2 --
HDI Ranking #114
Political Participation
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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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 --
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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June 23, 2009 | eNews 24, Leadership, Leading to Choices Multimedia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine
The curriculum’s three DVDs, dubbed in Arabic, use the voices of well-known actors from Jordan and the region to share new concepts in a familiar idiom. The curriculum includes a training handbook and three guides that provide interactive, scenario-based activities. Examples of participatory and democratic learning throughout the curriculum enable human rights and democracy activists, educators, women leaders, and facilitators to learn how to implement successful advocacy campaigns, communicate effectively with the media, and train trainers.
March 5, 2009 | Human Rights, eNews 23, Cameroon, Young & Emerging Leaders, Palestine
11 year old wins the UDHR YouTube competition. Honorable mentions go to videos from Cameroon and Palestine.
May 9, 2008 | Leadership, Leading to Choices, Palestine
"I have learned not to judge people and that it is not only my opinion that is right. I must listen to others and respect them. I felt better about myself. The main challenge I have now is to apply these skills in real life and integrate them into my personality. I now believe in equality between males and females, which I didn't really believe in before. When I have kids and become a mother, I will treat my daughters and sons equally!"
April 28, 2008 | Afghanistan, ICT for Social Change, Organizational Capacity Building, Young & Emerging Leaders, Making IT Our Own, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine
Making IT Our Own takes an assemble-your-own approach to ICT trainings by providing the necessary components—guidelines for participatory facilitation, step-by-step 'how tos' for each technology tool, learning resources on CD, and an assortment of pre-assembled agendas—so that trainers can customize and deliver effective technology trainings of their own suited to their communities. The manual uses scenarios to contextualize learning in everyday life and explore issues related to gender and technology.
March 18, 2008 | Political Participation, 2008 Events, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine
The 21st century is the century for women and politics. Six extraordinary grassroots leaders from four regions of the world discuss practical strategies and culture friendly initiatives that they have used to mobilize women, and especially young women, to participate in making decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their communities.
October 3, 2007 | eNews 18, ICT for Social Change, Leadership, Leading to Choices, Egypt, 2007 Events, Lebanon, Palestine
The eCourse focuses on five themes from WLP’s seminal work, Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women: developing participatory and personal leadership skills; communicating persuasively; creating a shared vision; and mobilizing resources. Over the ten-week period, participants will complete reading and writing assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities.
July 17, 2007 | Claiming Equal Citizenship, Palestine
As a woman in an Arab society, your options and choices in life are limited. However, as a Palestinian woman, with no legal evidence of your citizenship, as well as a single parent, your choices and options are almost non-existent. Everyday I live in fear of losing my children and wonder if they will have food and shelter the next day.
June 27, 2007 | Claiming Equal Citizenship, Palestine
My family is originally from Palestine. However, while growing up, I lived in many places. I lived in Kuwait, Jordan, and Qatar. I loved traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing life. It made me feel alive. However, one day while I was visiting a friend in Kuwait, I met a Palestinian guy. After getting to know each other for several months we decided to get married and move to Palestine. Back then, I thought I was taking my first step into happiness. However, time would prove otherwise.
December 13, 2006 | Claiming Equal Citizenship, Human Rights, Palestine
Asma is a wife and mother of four boys and three girls. She and her husband are Kuwaitis of Palestinian origin. Asma moved to Palestine in 1997 with her family on a visitor’s visa in the hope of becoming permanent residents. However, ten years later their application still has not been approved. Without legal status, Asma continuously struggles to keep her family together, as well as to keep her children in school.
December 13, 2006 | Claiming Equal Citizenship, Palestine
Being born a Palestinian means that every day of your life is a struggle. We do not have the luxury of practicing our natural rights as citizens. It is impossible for us to travel from one city to another without passing through a checkpoint and being humiliated first. However, being a Palestinian is a thousand times more difficult if you have lost your identity documents.


Suheir Azzouni

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Suheir Azzouni is the former Director General of the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), a highly esteemed Palestinian coalition NGO working towards eliminating discrimination against women and establishing a democratic society that respects human rights. She was instrumental in developing WATC from a voluntary organization in 1992 to one of the largest and most effective NGOs in Palestine today, and successfully led efforts to reverse several pieces of legislation discriminating against women and helping to mainstream gender in Palestinian society.


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