Gaza: Challenges Facing Women's Rights

Gaza: Challenges Facing Women's Rights Photo by vinchinterlang via iStock

Women in Palestine are the first civilian victims of the conflict

As reported by Al-Jazeera, Palestinian women are currently facing extremely difficult circumstances. Experts from the United Nations (UN) have expressed deep concern about the living conditions of women and girls in Palestine. 
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has stated that many women have been arbitrarily executed in Gaza, often along with their families and children. 

Extrajudicial killings have occurred in places where they sought refuge or while fleeing, with some holding pieces of white fabric when killed by the Israeli army or affiliated forces.
UN experts’ news concerned the public opinion about the state of unlawful detention of hundreds of women and girls. 
According to OHCHR reports, many of them have been subjected to inhumane treatment, denied menstrual pads, food, and medicine, Moreover, various forms of sexual violence, such as being stripped and searched by Israeli army officers, have been reported by young Palestinian women. 

According to Al-Bawaba, in addition to the lack of access to food and clean water, many pregnant women in Gaza face the possibility of undergoing cesarean sections without anesthesia due to the shortage of medical equipment increasingly scarce in the Gaza Strip.
These alleged acts could constitute serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law, equivalent to serious crimes under international criminal law.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, said, “We need to be at full stretch to give the people of Gaza a moment of hope. Now is not the time to let them down”.
The Humanitarian aid efforts are trying to access the Gaza Strip despite ongoing reports of obstacles and frequent threats to the security of humanitarian sites and personnel.



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