Ref: 55/2019

On Wednesday, 27 November 2019, the Women’s Unit at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has started its first activity under the 16 Days of Activism Campaign to end violence against women. The Unit held a legal awareness lecture on violence against women and girls, targeting 40 students from the 11th grade at Shadia Abu Ghazalah School for Girls in northern Gaza Strip.

Nadwa Badarou, PCHR women’s rights lawyer, welcomed the students and presented PCHR’s work on women’s rights and under the 16 Days of Activism Campaign to end Violence against women. The campaign starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10 December, which marks the International Day for Human Rights. Badarou clarified that violence against women constitutes a grave violation of human rights and women’s fundamental rights, emphasizing that women’s rights are part of human rights. She added that this campaign is an international campaign launched at this time of the year across the world to raise awareness on the issue of violence and provide protection for women and girls. Badarou stressed the importance of raising awareness among girls and high school students’ on violence, its forms and causes and how to eliminate it.

Areej Shaqqourah, PCHR women’s rights lawyer, explained the concept of violence against women and girls as defined according to the Universal Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 1993.  Shaqqourah discussed the most significant forms of violence practiced in the Palestinian society against women and girls and the reasons behind it. She also highlighted the mechanisms to reduce violence against women and girls in the Palestinian society and the importance of protecting them.

Dima al-Yazji, PCHR women’s rights lawyer, addressed the causes of violence against women in Palestinian society and its impact. She also clarified how girls who are victims of violence confront this phenomenon, and ways to reduce it.

The female students interacted positively with the lecture, asked many questions, outlined the main causes of violence and suggested solutions to end the violence phenomenon.

It should be noted that this is the 3rd year for PCHR’s Women’s Rights Unit to target female students in secondary schools and focus on this group as part of its work under the 16 Days of Activism Campaign to end Violence against women. The Women’s Rights Unit will hold more awareness lectures on violence in a number of secondary schools for girls in northern Gaza City in the coming period until the end of the campaign.