News: Release of report: Women Human Rights Defenders in Palestine – Occupation and patriarchy


On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Novact launches a report on the role of Palestinian women in nonviolent resistance that between resistance to occupation and resistance to patriarchy, the two main yokes faced by Palestinian women.

Especially today, when the trial of Ahed Tamimi is taking place behind closed doors in an Israeli court for the mere act of demonstrating against the military occupation, we feel questioned and we point out that this report serves for this purpose on the scope and the undoubted legitimacy of the work carried out by the human rights defenses through their participation in the construction of spaces of resistance and in the generation of a nonviolent movement of counterpower to the Israeli military occupation, in the face of the continuous violations of human rights and the criminalization and repression suffered by Palestinian civil society, especially women.

We want to put on the table the need to provide greater support to their work, to exert more international pressure to improve the mechanisms for the protection of human rights and their defenders; We use the language of Israel, the sanctions imposed for the crimes committed and to end the occupation of Palestine.

This year there are 61 women in Israeli prisons (6 of them under 18 years of age), a difference from 55 last year, those completely deprived of their liberty, of being close to their families, of their community, of exercising their work. The contribution to the national struggle of women, who historically have been invisible and silenced, and who have repressed doubly, without bowing down at any time and in those who are supported by the resilience of their communities and families, is not trivial.
This report, therefore, has been carried out within the framework of a project on Human Rights Defenders in Palestine and on the role of women in the Rule of Law financed by the AECID and AEXCID, and which has as a criterion the relationship between the repression exercised by the occupation and the gender, analyzing the role of women in nonviolent resistance since the first Intifada.

‘’Even if we are an Arab society and we have some issues that we are so conservative, the women struggled a lot internally in the society in order to prove that she has a role, but of course the women were also partner in the struggle against the occupation, all the time, early years after the occupation and continue until today, whether through civil movements like all the women associations and networks that they develop, I think there is lots of NGOs in Palestine that are targeting women, leaded by women leaders, and including lots of women activists. Also in the Human Rights level, as myself, as a woman leading Addameer for the last ten years […] Also in the level of the civil activism on the street, in the youth movement, you will always find female leaders, that initiate demonstrations, activism, and so on.’’ (S.F., Addameer)

This report has had the inescapable participation of dozens of Palestinian organizations, including our members the Union of Palestinian Women Committee, Suds, and the Popular Struggle Coordination Comittees.

You can download it here.

Photo: Rumbo a Gaza / Palestina Libre