[News] Through Women's Eyes - Report on the Gender-Specific Consequences of Israel''s 'Operation Pillar of Defense'
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Tue Nov 26 12:40:19 EST 2013
PCHR Publishes Report on the Gender-Specific Consequences of
'Operation Pillar of Defense'
Published on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:05
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) published Tuesday a
report entitled "Through Women's Eyes," which focuses on the
gender-specific implications and consequences of 'Operation Pillar of
Defense,' an 8-day attack by Israeli forces on the beseiged Gaza Strip
during Novemeber 2012. The report was published in English
will be translated and published into Arabic in the coming weeks.
A press release about the report states that as a result of the Israeli
offensive, 14 women were killed and at least 92 others were wounded.
Although the number of killings and injuries illustrates the serious
humanitarian dimension of this conflict, the true extent of the
suffering lies in the daily life in the Gaza Strip following 'Operation
Pillar of Defense.' Civilians continue to struggle to rebuild their
lives, cope with their loss and restore some semblance of human dignity,
shows the report.
PCHR issued this report
order to highlight the gender-specific impacts of 'Operation Pillar of
Defense.' Due to the patriarchal nature of Palestinian society, women
in the Gaza Strip are particularly susceptible to the marginalization,
poverty, and suffering brought by the occupation and armed
conflict. Israeli attacks often result in gender-specific consequences
that are mostly ignored, despite their seriousness. PCHR chose to allow
these consequences and the reality of life after the offensive to be
unfolded through the victims' words. Although this report is not
prepared from the perspective of the international law, it is suitable
to express human rights and human suffering through human stories.
The report focuses on 12 women affected by Israeli attacks over the
course of 'Operation Pillar of Defense.' Their stories are intended to
demonstrate the extent of civilians' suffering in the Gaza Strip and the
continuing difficulties they face due to the devastation caused by the
Israeli forces and the ongoing illegal closure.
"Through Women's Eyes
highlights the difficulties women in the Gaza Strip face as they attempt
to live with their grief, injuries and the loss of their children,
husbands, relatives, homes, and livelihoods. These narratives are
expressive not only the tribulations faced by women in the Gaza Strip,
but also of the resilience and strength they have shown over 42 years of
conflict and occupation.
It is worth mentioning that PCHR's first "Through Women's Eyes" report
was released on 28 September 2009. It addressed the gender-specific
impacts and consequences of 'Operation Cast Lead,' during which 118
women were killed and 825 others were wounded.
LINK TO FULL REPORT
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