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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Our Partner

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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Reports & Updates
June 25, 2018 | Asia, Palestine
WLP's partners in Palestine organized the "Prosperity is in the Hands of Women" bazaar. The two-day market featured products made by women's co-ops in Gaza and the West Bank.
February 2, 2018 | 2018 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, csw, Family Law Reform, Middle East, Refugee Empowerment, ICT for Social Change, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership will be hosting three parallel events during the 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. 
November 2, 2017 | 2017 Events, TPC, Transnational Partner Convening, Brazil, Leadership, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) gathered representatives from its grassroots women's rights organizations around the world for the Transnational Partnership Convening (TPC) in Potomac, Maryland. This annual meeting brings together leaders and activists that comprise the Partnership to share ideas, plan for future initiatives, and review the successes and challenges of the past year. The event facilitates knowledge sharing and builds solidarity among advocates of the global women’s movement.
February 7, 2017 | Africa, Americas, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Family Law, Family Law Reform, Family Law Reform, gbv, Human Rights, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Morocco, nigeria, palestine, Senegal, SIGI, Turkey, VAW, workshop, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey
WLP partner organizations and affiliated civil-society groups from 11 countries are holding workshops on family law reform throughout early 2017. The content of these trainings will be based on research from case studies commissioned for WLP’s new global initiative, Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence. 
January 17, 2017 | 2017 Events, Human Rights, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership’s Written Statement for the Women’s March on Washington Taking Place on January 21, 2017In every aspect of her life, a woman's autonomy, freedom, and opportunities are shaped by the degree to which her nation's laws uphold gender equality, and which cultural practices limit her ability to participate in decision making at the family, national and country levels.
October 19, 2016 | Beyond Equality, 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Middle East, TPC, Transnational Partners Convening, Brazil, Leadership, Organizational Capacity Building, Egypt, Indonesia, Leading to a Culture of Democracy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership hosted its 16th Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland from October 1 through 4, 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from partner organizations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.
November 23, 2015 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, From Fear to Freedom, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, 2015 Events, Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Victories over Violence, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Take a stand! Join WLP in the worldwide campaign to end gender-based violence.On November 25, 2015, Women's Learning Partnership joins the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, along with over 5,478 organizations and other participants from 187 countries and territories, in the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The 2015 Campaign theme, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All, highlights the increase of violent attacks against women and girls who claim their right to education, and the continued barriers to women's and girls' education across the globe. You can find more information on our WLP Partner 16 Days Activities Page and on the CWGL 16 Days Campaign home page.
October 8, 2015 | Algeria, Human Rights, Iraq, Libya, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Bahrain, ICT for Social Change, Leadership, Leading to Action, Leading to Choices, Egypt, Young & Emerging Leaders, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine
“We shared one passionate spirit to formulate our visions for a better tomorrow and a better world.” - Ahmed from Egypt on his experience at the Active Citizenship and Movement Building Institute for Millennials in Beirut, Lebanon.
September 29, 2015 | C20, economic empowerment, Middle East, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey
  More than 500 participants from 52 countries convened at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University for the annual Civil Society 20 (C20) Summit on September 15-16, 2015. The WLP Partnership was well-represented at the summit.    

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Hanan Mikhail Ashrawi

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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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