Palestine refugee women's lives are shaped by displacement, occupation, blockade and conflict. Often, this is made worse by persistent legal and social discrimination. Women are particularly vulnerable to poverty, gender-based violence and face barriers to employment opportunities.
In spite of these circumstances, Palestine refugee women are an immense source of strength for their community. Many serve as the main breadwinners for their families, challenging traditional expectations of their role in society.
Whether an entrepreneur, fisherwoman, homemaker, artist, teacher or cook, Palestine refugee women are bound by a strength that comes from overcoming barriers, physical, social and otherwise.
Your Gift of Strength can support essential services that help Palestine refugee women thrive. From education to food assistance to microfinance loans, these services are critical for Palestine refugee women and their families.
"Fishing doesn't make enough money," explained Madleen, "so I decided to get myself a small tourist boat through an UNRWA micro loan." Madleen, 25, the only fisherwoman in the Gaza Strip, started fishing with her father at just six-years-old. As the eldest of her siblings and due to her father’s illness, Madleen had to work hard to provide for her family, buy her father medication and pay her sister’s tuition.
Due to the difficulty catching fish in the restricted region with access to less than one-third of the fishing areas, Madleen decided to start her own business in sea tourism. With the help of UNRWA, she managed to obtain a micro loan from the bank and buy her own tourist boat. Two of her brothers and her fiancé take shifts running this boat. To build up her business skills, Madleen is currently studying executive secretary courses at a local college. In addition, she opened her Facebook page to receive fish orders.
Your Gift of Strength helps women like Madleen pursue their dreams and define their own destiny.