The annual ’16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’ led by UN Women concluded in December 2015, but the topic remains relevant all year round. The campaign calls upon activists, governments and United Nations partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls.
The 2015 campaign theme, ’From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All’, speaks significantly to the work of UNRWA in Gaza. UNRWA, through its relief and social services and education programmes and its Gender Initiative, continued the awareness-raising activities on early marriage, adolescent health, gender-based violence (GBV) and women’s human rights. These activities were held in coordination with local organizations and seven women programme centres (WPCs). Community development social workers from the relief and social services programme (RSSP), in coordination with lawyers from the legal units at the WPCs, conducted a series of awareness sessions targeting male and females students from UNRWA preparatory schools across the Gaza Strip. Issues including early marriage, GBV, and adolescent health were discussed. A total of 443 females and 254 males benefited from the awareness sessions conducted at the WPCs.