Special Seyasat edition tackles women’s issues
and highlights tools for empowerment
Institute of Public Policies (IPP) in Ramallah issued a special edition of
Seyasat periodical, titled “Palestinian Women: Specificity, Accomplishments and
Obstacles”. The journal discusses the reality of women in Palestine, starting
with their role in social and national liberation struggle and analyzing the
political representation, injustices as well as tools of empowerment.
Abdel Gahni Salama presents a holistic understanding of the women’s day to day
lives, tackling their social, political, economic and legal reality out of
Feminist issues’ researcher Wisam Joudeh presents an analysis into the
political empowerment of women in Palestine, while advocate Hiba Al-Danf from
Gaza writes about women killing crimes in Palestine as a concerning phenomena
that needs to be addressed urgently.
Writer Ekram Omar addresses an important issue in women’s lives: The loss that
Palestinian women suffer as a result of life under occupation and other factors.
Researcher Mahmoud Abu Shanab writes a critical analysis of women organizations’
rhetoric, while researcher Niveen Halawa reviews the issue of early marriage in
the Palestinian society, focusing on the Gaza Strip.
also presents two articles by Dr. Walid Al-Shurafa on the concept of gender and
by Mohammad Hawash on the political reality and job opportunities during the
In the public policy section, Seyasat presents a study by Dr. Fadwa Al-Labadi
titled “Gender and Social Policies.”
The periodical further includes a special section in this new edition for an
important document, called the “Shadow Report” submitted by women organizations
to the United Nations last spring, after Palestine joined the Convention on the
Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This is the
first report to be submitted following Palestine’s membership in the
The edition includes a section about a symposium which was prepared and run by
writer Muhanad Abdel Hamid. During this symposium, IPP hosted a round table with
Fateh movement Central Council member Dalal Salamah, the Director of Women
Studies’ Center Sama Aweidah, Member of Palestinian People’s Party politibureau,
Afaf Ghatashah, Director of Al-Ruwa Institute Dr. Faiha Abdel Hadi, Chairperson
of the Women Affairs Department at Birzeit University Rula Abu Dahu and
researcher Ghassan Abdallah.
The symposium discussed women’s positions in the economy and decision making,
women and law as well as the role culture in discrimination against women and
the role of women in political elites.
In our book review sections, journalist Yousef Al-Shayeb writes a review of
Haif Zankana’s book about the experience of female Palestinian detainees in
Israeli jails. Haif Zankana’s book came out of a writing workshop the author
held in Ramallah with former female detainees.
As usual, Seyasat includes a list of new publications in the Palestinian and
In its introduction, Seyasat says it “hopes to have presented a diverse, rich
and distinguished file that discusses the reality of Palestinian women from all
sides. It is aiming at contributing to women’s empowerment in public life,
granting women the right and role that they deserve, being a participant in the
daily struggles against occupation and the Palestinian nation building that
still awaits national unity, turn over the page of internal division and to
carry on with the leadership’s endeavor to fight for the world’s recognition and
This edition has been published in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
The responsibility for the publication's content solely lies with its authors.
It does not necessarily reflect the views of IPP and FES."