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 traditonal 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.
“I give them strength to continue, just like they give me strength to keep moving forward,” says Daad, a 24-year-old Palestine refugee living in Jordan, about her clients in the refugee camp. Daad works as a social worker helping Syrian refugees in Jordan. She is known for her energetic, helpful, and caring personality.
Daad was born with a birth defect in her left hand. “The details of everyday life were hard.” As a child, she often spent her time alone. Children at school looked at her differently. Her mother, Jamilah, talked to UNRWA social workers about Daad’s disability. UNRWA was able to provide her with a prosthetic hand. Luckily, Daad was very responsive to the psychosocial and physical therapy.
“If I stop moving forward, I will lose,” says Daad who is immensely inspired by the refugee children she meets, especially those with disabilities.
Your Gift of Strength helps women like Daad pursue their dreams and define their own destiny.