Gaza- December 2012/ An opinion poll demanded fastening the prosecution procedures in courts (Reporting, Sentencing and Implementation) monitoring sentencing and establishing an implementation department in courts.


The above resulted during a workshop conducted by Women’s Affairs Center (WAC) at Gaza based office; under the project “Enhancing Women’s Access to Justice in Marginalized Areas across the Gaza Strip ”  funded by United Nations Development Program (UNDP).


Hala Al Qeshawi – Projects Coordinator at WAC- said “ The project provides three main services for marginalized groups such as women’s awareness sessions targeting marginalized areas in Civilian Law, psychosocial support for women, women defends in courts, as  around 50 women were presented legally by the center in various courts  and around 100 cases. In addition to free legal consultation and mediation conducted by the legal clinic at the center”.


Al Qeshawi mentioned that this is the first time to conduct such poll in Gaza, as the questionnaires were distributed among the legal clinics which have legal representation for women in Gaza Strip legal courts. They are Al Ataa' Charitable Society    Bait Hanoon,  Aisha Association for Woman and child protection Gaza,  Alliance for Justice  Middle Area, The Culture and Free Thought Association Khan Younis and National Society for Democracy and Law Rafah”.


Rajab Al Sarraj – Sustainable Development Institute- reviewed the results of the poll, and the most significant ones were; adjusting the laws applied in the Palestinian courts especially the ones related to women and children like civilian laws, divorce and child custody law.


Al Sarraj said “ A random sample was selected including 757 out of 1650 women who have cases at the Palestinian courts in the Gaza strip; and are recorded at the database of the legal aid program at the lawyers union until 1st August 2012.