Occupation, conflict and patriarchy: impacts on Palestinian women

Decades of occupation and militarisation, periodic escalations of hostilities and Israeli policies of blockade, segregation and control that run contrary to international humanitarian law and human rights have had severe consequences for the Palestinian population and have affected the lives of Palestinian women in specific and multifaceted ways. Most of them have lived their entire lives or most of their lives under occupation and in a context of prolonged conflict that continues to cause death, population displacement, the gradual deterioration of the human rights situation, high levels of poverty and unemployment and serious health problems. Their experiences of occupation and conflict have also been conditioned by unequal gender relations in a traditional and patriarchal Palestinian society that determines specific vulnerabilities, limitations in the exercise of rights and inequalities in access to resources and opportunities due to the stereotypes and expectations regarding the roles that men and women should play. Therefore, in their everyday lives, Palestinian women face multiple forms of violence and discrimination, both in the public and private spheres, in one more manifestation of what feminists, in their analysis of women, war and peace, have identified as a continuum of violence.

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women / gender / violence / occupation / patriarchy / militarization / inequalities / repression / arrests / settlements / raids / demolitions / right to health / economic security / access to justice / honor crimes / CEDAW / exclusion / equality