'The expert women in Palestine are silently working, and the media don’t focus on their work,’ says Maali Abbadi. She is the editor for the Who is She- database in Palestine, that is launched today with the purpose of giving a solution to the problem spoken of. Who is She Palestine is the latest of a number of databases created by KVINFO and partners in cooperation in countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The Palestinian version is established together with med INSAN Center for Women and Gender Studies på AlQuds University.
‘Highlighting a large number of prominent women, they will get recognition of their community; also professional women will get opportunities to participate actively in all levels, says Fadwa Al Labadi, researcher and teacher at INSAN Center; she was director of the center when the cooperation regarding the database began.
The database with women experts was launched in its first version by KVINFO in 1995 with the name KVINFOs Ekspertdatabase. Since then Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon have got their own versions of Who is She, and versions in Tunisia and Morocco are underway.
650 runners took to the streets of Bethlehem Sunday morning to run the inaugurate Palestine Marathon. Women amounted to 37 percent of runners.
The marathon was organised by Right to Movement and supported by KVINFO's Department for the Middle East and North Africa.
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Idea of marathon in Palestine started as a joke
The annual United Nations-organized Gaza marathon scheduled for April 10th will not take place this year due to disagreements with local officials on the participation of women, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees said today.
“This disappointing decision follows discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted that no women should participate,” stated the UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA.
Meanwhile, Danish-initiated Palestine Marathon, in Bethlehem on April 21st, now invites women to shift their marathon running to this date and event.
Read more at unrwa.org.
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Ramallah - Abeer Abu Ghaith, a poised young woman overflowing with optimism, works tirelessly to help Palestinian women achieve their dreams and improve their lives. She is just one of many women who are finding creative ways to overcome the restrictions Palestinians face in finding work and starting a business.
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“Many people still believe the post of mayor is exclusively for men,” says Vera Baboun, aiming to become the first female mayor of the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, and in the process shake up a society where men still make the laws and do the deals.
The 8thedition of the 'Shashat Women’s Film Festival in Palestine', the longest running women’s film festival in the Arab world,opened on 21 Septemberin Ramallah and will last until 15 December, with more than 100 screenings across the West Bank and Gaza.
A new group running for municipal elections in Hebron is offering residents an alternative to politics as usual in the conservative West Bank city: Women at the helm, instead of men.
The all-female list, which is called “By Participating, We Can,” is gearing up for next month’s vote with a campaign that aims both to win at the polls and to convince voters that women can lead just as well as men.
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