From Syria to Jordan, these stories show fragments of women’s lives, shedding light on their triumphs and at times their losses. They all tell a similar story of courage, resourcefulness and a will to choose life and hope in the face of adversity.
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In the face of family and cultural pressure, Mother Aysha has been working for more than 35 years, buying and selling clothes in the markets of Gaza and making dresses with traditional Palestinian embroidery. This video is the winner of the Best Short Award at the UN Documentary Film Festival in New York.
Today on International Women's Day, UNRWA pays a proud tribute to its thousands of female school principals, teachers, education specialists, attendants, doctors, nurses, social workers, administrative and other staff. Every day, in their relentless and courageous work for Palestine Refugees, they are the living illustration of UNRWA's commitment to the advancement of the rights of women and girls.
In view of addressing gender-based violence (GBV) holistically, in 2009, UNRWA adopted a multisectoral approach informed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings. Work on addressing GBV has focused on the building of referral systems in the five fields of UNRWA operations, including training staff, ensuring that survivors have access to internal as well as external services, and awareness-raising at the community level.