Just the Facts: Women in Conflict
- 33% of Palestinian women in refugee camps have directly experienced physical assault by Israeli Occupation Forces.
- 9% have been exposed to threats of being attacked by policing dogs during Israeli night raids on their homes.
- 37% have been detained or interrogated.
- 38% of them or members of their households have experienced verbal abuse during Israeli army raids, at checkpoints or while visiting religious places.
- Many have been forced to work in substandard conditions after the family breadwinner has been arrested or killed.
- Nearly a quarter live in shelters or with extended family.
- 22% live in unhealthy conditions.
- Over 20% have been exposed to beatings or tear gas at checkpoints while they were pregnant.
- 5% of women or their children have been forced to drop out of school due to the occupation.
- 64% have been unable to visit religious or recreational sites due to restrictions on their movement.
These facts are taken from the MIFTAH data in “Palestinian Women: The Disproportionate Impact of Israeli Occupation” from MIFTAH, PWWSD, WCLAC, TAM, and Karama.
We suggest you also read the following reports:
- “Punitive Measures: the Gendered impact on Palestinian Women” from WCLAC
- “Women’s Right are Human Rights” from the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
To go deeper, we will be developing an extensive list of Additional Resources at the bottom of this week’s entry as well as a YouTube playlist on the subject. Once you understand the situation you’ll want to get involved. Here’s the Kumi Action for this week: