Why 2014 is a key year for women’s rights!

Why 2014 is a key year for women's rights and gender equality Help us create a global platform for discussion that amplifies the voices of women's rights advocates around the world Volunteers at a sexual harassment and counselling group in Susiya, a bedouin village in the West Bank. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian Over the past few decades, the often tireless work of the women's movement around the world has brought positive change. There has been a growing recognition … [Read more...]

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef honoured for work with UN agency on Palestinian projects

The late Crown Prince will be remembered for his commitment to humanitarian and relief work all over the world. 28 June 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN-Habitat, the agency charged with ensuring adequate shelter for all, today honoured the late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his support of Palestinian projects. In his speech, Mr. Ban also offered his “heartfelt appreciation” the people and leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Committees and … [Read more...]

WEST BANK, Celebrating Woman lifts family ‘out of poverty’

Woman lifts her family out of poverty in the West Bank INAYAT NAGEEB IN HER LINGERIE SHOP, A BUSINESS SHE WAS ABLE TO START THANKS TO A GRANT FROM DEEP. THROUGH HER BUSINESS, SHE HAS DOUBLED HER FAMILY'S INCOME. (PHOTO: UNDP PAPP) Starting a business with limited resources in East Jerusalem, West Bank, is a challenge — especially for women. For Inayat Nageeb, a housewife and a mother of three sons and two daughters, life has not been easy. Her husband works as a guard at a mosque, with … [Read more...]

CANADA is leader in global food security initiatives, celebrate!

  ROME — Canada's leadership on food security and nutrition is contributing to the reduction of poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in developing countries. The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, participated today in a round table in Rome to discuss global food security and nutrition, and the role of private sector partnerships. "Ensuring access to safe and nutritious food is a priority of Canada's international assistance to developing countries," said … [Read more...]

Palestinian Women use traditional embroidery to escape poverty

Women use traditional Palestinian embroidery to escape poverty March 2012 Beit Surik, West Bank One of several villages trapped between the separation Barrier to the east and the border with Israel to the west, Beit Surik is a small village overlooked from all directions by illegal Israeli settlements. Before the Barrier’s construction, people and trade flowed freely across these borders. Today, permits and checkpoints make employment in either Israel or the West Bank nearly impossible for … [Read more...]

Palestine: Bread-Winner, Bread-Maker are Women !

    Palestinian Women: Bread Makers, Bread-Winners It is 6.30 a.m. in the West Bank, part of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and Istethkar Abdelkarim has already been working for two hours. And yet she couldn’t be happier. Decades of conflict, border blockades and severe restrictions on movement and access have left the Palestinian economy crippled. Unemployment is rampant, food is expensive and feeding a family is a constant challenge. And yet women’s vital … [Read more...]

Worldwide 215 million children engaged in child labour, Take Action!

Preventing hazardous child labour in agriculture Worldwide 215 million children are engaged in child labour, and of these 115 million are involved in what is considered to be hazardous work. Agriculture is the sector where the largest share of child labourers is found - a staggering 60 percent of boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17. Today, much of our food and drink, as well as the raw material we use to make other products, are produced by child labour. Child labour in … [Read more...]

UNRWA – Children suffer due to 45% increased demolitions in 2010 in both East & West Banks.

  'Israeli demolitions traumatic for Palestinian children', says UN official     A senior United Nations official today condemned the demolition of two refugee homes in East Jerusalem, stressing in particular the trauma caused to Palestinian children forced to witness their homes being destroyed. "These condemnable acts have a devastating impact," Barbara Shenstone, the West Bank Field Director for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said in a news … [Read more...]

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