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Gaza- December 2012/ Women’s Affair Center (WAC) in Gaza closed the activities of the social initiative that launched under the logo “Towards a Better Political Participation for the Palestinian Women” in cooperation with number of women and youth organizations across the Gaza Strip.

 

Wisam Jouda – Advocacy Coordinator at WAC- said “The initiative aimed at highlighting on the women’s political participation and society awareness about it. During the initiative 22 awareness sessions were conducted with the participation of 500 participants from different ages across the Gaza strip; and a poster holding the Initiative logo was produced”.

 

Jouda added “As part of the initiative; WAC implemented two radio episodes through Al Iman Radio Station. The first episode was about the Political Participation of the Palestinian Women in the Gaza Strip; and the second one was about the Previous Elections Experiences and the Current Election Law”.

 

 A reviewing for the current election law from gender perspective was prepared by a law researcher specialist to find the most important legal gaps; and the required suggestions that fair women.

 

An opinion poll titled “Women’s Political Participation in the Palestinian Society at the Gaza Strip”

 

This opinion poll conducted by WAC and titled “Women’s Political Participation in the Palestinian Society at the Gaza Strip” under the initiative activities. Jouda said “The purpose of implementing the poll was to identify the most important motivations that encourage women to participate politically, to identify the satisfaction level of the women participation in the Palestinian political work, to identify the satisfaction level of the Palestinian election law and to identify the most important obstacles of the political participation of the Palestinian women in the strip. The poll sample targeted 1000 women and men and their ages vary from 18 to 50.

 

One of the most important outputs of the poll were: 75% ensured that the women have the ability to work in political work, 23% said women have no ability to work in political work, 1.9% answered I don’t know, 16.9% said they are satisfied, 18% said they are somehow satisfied, 20.1% said they are not satisfied about the women political participation level.

 

 42.5% agreed that women do participate in the political decision making process, 32.4% disagreed, 25.3% said they don’t know if there is a women’s participation in political decision making.