Gaza , March/2013 honoring Palestinian women struggles , female prisoners in Israeli jails in particular as well as Arab women struggles during the Arab spring revolutions , WAC has celebrated Women International day with the presence of elite of politicians, civil society organizations representatives and feminist activists. The event was held in Archmed Hotel on Gaza beach .
During the ceremony ,silent documentary has been presented talking about women role in the Arab Spring Revolutions in addition to play titled with "Everything is on my head" it was about eastern society perception about housewife's work and Rap song about Palestinian women struggles, moreover there was participation for Ms. Dalal Al Taji one of the Palestinian survivors from Sabra and Shatila massacre ,and who told the story of what happened the day of the massacre she witnessed.
In her speech Mrs. Zainab Al Ghunaimi chairwomen of WAC welcomed the attendants and tributed all Palestinian women considering that this march is coming with all women in Palestine and Arab world demonstrating in defense for their rights , asking for social justice.
Emphasizes Mrs. Al Ghunaimi that last year witnessed killing of 17 Palestinian female martyrs as a result of continuous Israeli violence in addition to 3 women who passed away as a result of honor defense killing.
She added that current march has came also and Palestine is celebrating being observer at the United Nations but unfortunately it comes with the existence of internal division that goes away with our hopes and sacrifices.
She also appraised the sacrifices of Palestinian woman, valuing the great role of prisoners in the Israeli jails as well as the martyrs.
She also encountered tribute to all Palestinian women in homeland and Diaspora. Appraising their struggling for the cause , emphasizing that they are partners in decision making as in social life.
And also she encountered greeting to President Mahmoud Abbas(Abu Mazen) for his approval upon the report issued by woman committee at the United Nations for ending violence against women.
On her behalf said Mrs. Amal Syam , executive director of WAC that women have demonstrated demanding for their rights, and now they are revolting against isolation wall ,blockade, settlements, injustice, prisons and prisoners and the list goes on.
she also added that the years are passing and the division is still on even during two attacks over Gaza Strip, where hundreds were killed, thousand were injured and became homeless ,besides the destruction of the main infrastructure.
She emphasize that’s the Israelis attacks effects and results over Gaza Strip is clear indicator to the occupations disclaimer from all the international commitments and continues violation of humane rights, adding that " with the increasing inability of international community to protect the Palestinian, we add our voice to other voices that call for ending the occupation and it's crimes against the Palestinians. "
As she appraised the legendary resistance of the prisoners in the Israeli jails, demanding freedom for all prisoners in the Israeli jails.
she also appraised the Arab revolutions against injustice and autocracy, hoping that this movements wont have any negative effects that might take us backwards concerning women rights.
As she directed special greeting for demonstrated women in the Arab world , women of Palestine ,Syria ,Tunisia ,Egypt ,Yemen, Libya and Iraq who struggled for their fair cases.
As the Palestinian statistics lately emphasized that women participation in labor force decreased to be 17% only in addition to rapid increase in violence rates against women in general.
She also declared that the Center is Committed with its continuous efforts for the sake of enabling women and advocating their cases also their social rights in addition to combating all forms of violence against women.
From her side said Samar Al Dreemly , Media coordinator at WAC and ceremony coordinator that every years ceremony has different character , for this year the festival character was patriotic that’s because we are witnessing national reconciliation, continous occupation crimes against Palestinians , Al Aqsa Mosque and prisoners which coincided with popular movement in solidarity with them.
She continued that this made us wants to appreciate and value all efforts done to unify our homeland and push towards the necessity of ending the occupation also refreshing memories with the massacres this occupation made to us since the catastrophe, moreover shedding the light on women struggles and suffering in Arab world and Palestine in particular.