Report: Women Human Rights Defenders in Palestine – Occupation and patriarchy


We invite you to learn more about the work of Human Rights Defenders in Palestine and the important role they play in this context; through this detailed report in the field, prepared by Júlia Fernández Molina. This report consists of the analysis of 14 interviews to women who participate as defenders of human rights through the use of nonviolent strategies, either through feminist movements or their involvement in grassroots social movements.

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