Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixty-sixth General Assembly
11th & 12th Meetings (AM & PM)
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to continue its general discussion on the advancement of women and to hear the introduction of five draft resolutions on social development. For more information, please see Press Release GA/SHC/4008.
SOMAIA BARGHOUTI, Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine, said the situation and advancement of Palestinian women was intricately linked to the political, economic and social development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The continued Israeli military occupation and the intensification of its oppressive policies and practices against the Palestinian people had had severe implication on the entire population, and particularly Palestinian women, who bore a special and enduring burden from 44 years of occupation. In the last year, the situation of Palestinian women had only worsened, owing to the illegal seizure of Palestinian land and home demolitions, which rendered thousands of Palestinian women and their families homeless. The continued construction of its unlawful apartheid wall, as well as the increased levels of unchecked settler violence, also had all had severe ramifications on Palestinian women and their families.
She went to say that the deterioration of economic and social conditions was having grave consequences on the advancement and well-being of Palestinian women. At the same time, violence against Palestinian women had risen to alarming levels, due to the continuation of the military occupation and of armed conflict. National legalisation sought to lessen those impacts. Most recently, the Palestinian cabinet endorsed a nine-year national strategy plan to combat violence against women that took a cross-sector approach and recognized that violence against women was a development issues affecting the political, social and economic systems of Palestinian society. Highlighting the submission of the application of the State of Palestine for admission to membership in the United Nations on 23 September, she said Palestinian women perceived that historical moment as a step forward in achieving equality and empowerment. Thus, it was time for the international community — and mainly the United Nations — to shoulder its responsibility in firmly supporting the Palestinian people in that noble and way overdue objective.
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Download Document Files: GASHC4009f.pdf
Document Type: French text, Press Release
Document Sources: Department of Public Information (DPI), General Assembly, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
Subject: Economic issues, Protection, Social issues, Women
Publication Date: 11/10/2011