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Social and Economic Situation of Palestinian Women

E/ESCWA/ECW/2012/Technical Paper.2
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This report reviews the status of women and girls in Palestine during the period of January 2011-June 2012, focusing on developments in the social, economic and political rights of women. The report highlights positive changes with implications for gender equality, such as the adoption of a cross-sectoral national gender strategy by the Palestinian Authority, the suspension of a number of legal provisions regarding honour killing and the accession of more women to decision-making positions. Despite those encouraging steps, Palestinian women and girls continue to face significant challenges, including low political representation, violence and discrimination and poor participation in the labour market. The social,economic, political and civil rights of women and girls continue to be severely constrained by existing gaps in legislation, dominant traditions, the Israeli occupation and the volatile political situation.