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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Photographs: Tanya Habjouqa
While several institutions now focus on the difficult lives of minorities, Bedouin women are driven into the work force by their families’ needs and demands.
Despite the conservative traditions, poverty often pushes Bedouin women into the work force across the Middle East region. In fact, it was the lack of those basic needs that motivated them into making the shift.
Read more at alarabiya.net