international women's day 2011

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The video is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgIz27o8Fs8 with the text below:

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. Women across the world will be mobilising and marching in celebration and protest, championing their freedom of expression and campaigning for further change. Al-Haq takes this opportunity to remind the rest of the world that in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) the struggle for the fundamental human rights of Palestinian women is held hostage to a belligerent and unrelenting occupation.

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the United Nations theme this year is ‘Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.’ Throughout the OPT, women’s access to educational institutions, places of employment and healthcare clinics is severely impeded by restrictions on Palestinians’ right to freedom of movement. While the repressive and discriminatory policies exercised by Israel against the free movement of Palestinians have had a devastating effect on the entire population, the disproportionate impact on Palestinian women, who are denied the most basic economic and social rights guaranteed to them by international law, cannot be overstated.

The Annexation Wall, which appropriates lands, disconnects communities, and restricts access to medical care, schools, and workplaces, is only one of numerous pernicious policies that violate Palestinians’ right to freedom of movement. Travel time and costs are greatly multiplied by the Wall, its associated permit regime and over 500 other obstacles to free movement in the OPT, including checkpoints and road blocks. The restrictions imposed by Israel have a gender specific impact and present particular risks for, amongst others, expectant mothers, female students and workers, resulting in the denial of their right to health, education, decent work and an adequate standard of living. The socio-economic instability that these violations have wrought in the OPT – perhaps most notable in the Gaza Strip where severe deprivation is aggravated by the continuing policy of closure – coupled with the loss of many male members of Palestinian society to Israeli detention or violence, has contributed to the stresses of family life and created conditions rife for domestic violence.

Palestinian women are also disproportionately affected by Israeli policies and laws which, through a complex system of permits and administrative bureaucracy, prevent Palestinians with different residency from living together as a family. Palestinians with West Bank identification cards are prevented from residing with their family in occupied East Jerusalem, while Palestinians from the Gaza Strip are prohibited from joining a spouse in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. In addition, arbitrary nationality laws deny Palestinian family members with a foreign passport entry at Israeli-controlled borders. Israel’s denial of family reunification places on many women the burden of raising children in the absence of a father, with the consequent negative economic and financial impact that this brings.

http://mondoweiss.net/2011/03/palestinian-women-are-disproportionately-impacted-by-the-israeli-occupation.html

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The following interview is with Hitam Saafin, the Chair of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC), which was founded in 1980. UPWC’s aim is to empower Palestinian women, while contributing to the Palestinian national struggle against the Israeli occupation. According to its mission statement, UPWC “strives to build a civil democratic progressive community free of all forms of discrimination and respects women rights as part of human rights in general”. UPWC goal is to eradicate all forms of inequities including those between Palestinian women and men as well as those within social classes. For more information, visit UPWC’s website: http://www.upwc.org.ps/.

The following interview was conducted by Ramona M. Read it at http://mondoweiss.net/2011/03/on-international-womens-day-palestinian-women-are-faced-with-two-struggles-freedom-from-occupation-and-liberation-within-their-own-society.html

Gareshk, the economic capital of Helmand Province hosted a female shura this week. More typically associated with the men; shura’s are an Afghan form of meeting where business and discussions take place. Last week though, 300 women from the area, many widowed by the Insurgents, gathered for their own discussions to celebrate International Women’s Day – an opportunity that would have been impossible until the recent increase in regional security and stability.

In this report by Mel Preen of NATO Channel TV, she meets some of the brave and inspiring women who took many risks during the years of Taliban rule, to bring hope to the future of Afghanistan.

Click on the image below to view the NATO Channel TV video story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21s_QGFTZNY&feature=player_embedded#t=7s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21s_QGFTZNY&feature=player_embedded#at=25

http://ukforcesafghanistan.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/the-women-of-gareshk-celebrate-international-womens-day/


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