Discrimination against Women under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas

The following report examines the degree to which the Palestinian governing authorities in the West Bank and Gaza adhere to CEDAW. Findings indicate their acute failure to protect women’s rights within both legal codes and cultural practices. Even in cases where legal codes guarantee certain women’s rights, laws are either not enforced
or inconsistently enforced and very few categories of rights receive complete protection. For example, in 2011 the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) published an extensive document entitled “National Strategy to Combat Violence Against Women 2011-2019.” This document is an impressive acknowledgement of women’s rights violations, but despite the authorities’ ostensible intentions to counteract violence against women, the problems outlined remain rampant.

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