Palestine: Building Capacity to Verify the Status of Discrimination against Women

Added on:  06-Mar-2015

UN Women and the General Union of Palestinian Women launched a training program that enables Palestinian women activists to issue a shadow report that verifies the state report on the status of women in Palestine. Beginning a series of trainings planned to take place from June to September 2015, two introductory sessions were conducted in Ramallah (22-23 June 2015) and Gaza (10-11 June 2015) gathered 35 women activists and members of political parties. The introductory sessions introduced the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) articles and recommendations to identify priority issues for the shadow report. The following session will take place in late July, when the Palestinian Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA) will present and discuss the state report. In addition, participants will discuss and agree on the overall format of the shadow report to start the drafting process. The training programme includes and collaborates with women community-based organizations (CBOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs), in addition to MoWA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This capacity building initiative is a part of the overall strategy of the Spring Forward for Women programme, an EU-UN Women regional programme that provides a mechanism to advance the political participation and economic empowerment of women in the Southern Mediterranean region. The European Commission has financed the Spring Forward for Women programme to the tune of 7 million Euro from 2012 to 2016.

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