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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WLP supports a coalition of women's rights organizations in Palestine that work to eliminate discrimination against women and to empower women to assume decision-making positions at all levels of society with a focus on marginalized, rural-dwelling, and refugee women. The coalition implements leadership training workshops using WLP’s Leading to Choices curriculum, engages in networking, conducts advocacy campaigns, and maintains an educational media presence.

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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.
August 18, 2006 | Claiming Equal Citizenship, Palestine
I want only the best for my Ina’am but am unsure of how to give it to her. My granddaughter Ina’am is six years old and in first grade. She has lived with me since she was two years old.
October 21, 2005 | ICT for Social Change, Leadership, Leading to Choices, Jordan, 2005 Events, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine
From September 5 to October 21, 2005, a group of 14 experienced leadership trainers from Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine participated in a five-week prototype Arabic eCourse to test and adapt the Arabic curriculum in preparation for a full eCourse in 2006.
December 15, 2003 | Bahrain, Leadership, eNews 6, Egypt, Leading to Choices Multimedia, Jordan, Lebanon, 2003 Events, Morocco, Palestine
WLP convened the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership from December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan. Thirty women leaders from eleven Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, and Yemen took part in the week-long Institute for training of trainers.


Zahira Kamal

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Zahira Kamal is Minister of Women's Affairs in Palestine. Prior to this position she was General Director of the Directorate for Gender Planning and Development at the Palestinian Ministry of Planning. In this capacity she initiated the establishment of the Inter-ministerial Coordinating Committee for the Advancement of Palestinian Women. From 1992-1997 she served as Coordinator of the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee.

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