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Speech of Dalala AbdeGani at the conference"Genocide in Gaza Where does the Women's Rights Movement stand?

Women situation in Palestine

Women in Palestine face two formidable enemies. In addition to the

hierarchical family structures that Palestinian women experience, and

despite Palestine having a high prevalence of educated women in

general, a significant portion of them do not enter the workforce. Within

communities where people are impoverished, there's a social safety net

in marrying off underage girls. They live in a patriarchal society where

various forms of control, such as honor and religion, and notably

occupation, collectively reign. They argue that they do all this to secure

girls' futures.

The second challenge is the occupation itself. Under occupation

oppression and war, it is difficult to work against honor-related violence.

Women and girls suffer from violence and poverty in a different way than

men during and after every conflict. Even when the war ends, violence

against women often persists.

The war against the Palestinian people, ongoing for 75 years, leaves not

just passing traces but serious and permanent ones. In addition to the

daily systematic harassment at checkpoints, curfews, and the looming

threat of imprisonment for speaking out or standing up throughout

Palestine, in the absence of a just peace and security, Palestinians are

now enduring the most difficult times.

Gaza is a narrow coastal strip where more than two and a half million

Palestinians reside. According to most organizations, Gaza is assessed

as the most dangerous place in the world for civilians in 2024. The war in

Gaza is a crime against all of humanity.

People are trapped under inhumane blockade. Of those killed in Gaza,

almost 70% are women and children. Despite censorship and distortion

of truth, we hear and see how women and children are the most

vulnerable in the ongoing war. Access to clean water, food, medicine,

and electricity is nonexistent or extremely limited. Women and girls cut

pieces of fabric from tents to use as menstrual pads. The spread of

various diseases including hepatitis B and COVID-19 is increasing in

places where people seek shelter. More than a million women and girls

have been displaced from one area to another seeking shelter for

themselves and their families. The occupation has deprived more than

60,000 pregnant women in Gaza of the opportunity for prenatal and

childbirth care. They and their children are malnourished, and the risk of

birth defects and death is high.

There have been reports of a doubling in premature births. Operations

and cesarean sections are performed without anesthesia or proper care.

Both mothers and children are living in life-threatening conditions.

All children are traumatized and lack family and protection.

They lack sanitary products for menstruating women, leading to

increased infections.

According to UNFPA, an estimated 5,500 women in southern Gaza are

expected to give birth each month and experience complications.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced on Thursday that the death

toll from the Israeli war has risen to "31,988 martyrs and 74,188 injured"

since October 7, 2023.

In addition to the human losses, most of whom are children and women,

the war has not only caused extensive destruction of infrastructure and

properties but also led to ongoing starvation that has claimed the lives of

countless children, women, and elderly. Here are seven facts showing

how the war on Gaza is also a war on women:

About 9,000 women have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza so far.

This number may be lower than reality, as reports indicate that many

women have died under the rubble.

Every day the war continues in Gaza, at the current rate, an average of

63 women are killed.

Over 4 out of 5 women (84 percent) have reported that their families eat

half as much or less than they used to before the war started. Mothers

and adult women are responsible for obtaining food, but they are the last

and least to eat in the family.

In 95% of these cases, mothers do not eat, skipping at least one meal to

feed their children. The UN Women's Agency has said that all 2.3 million

residents of Gaza will face severe food insecurity within weeks - the

highest level ever recorded.

Almost 9 out of 10 women (87 percent) say they have a harder time

getting food compared to men. Some women are now resorting to

extreme coping mechanisms, such as searching for food under the

rubble or in garbage bins.

Unless there is an immediate cessation of hostilities and the killing and

bombing stop, more people will perish in the days and weeks to come.

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