November, 2016- Women’s Affairs Center issued a report on “a study to determine the need of services provided to women’s and girls’ with disabilities, victims and survivors of violence in the Gaza Strip and to determine the gaps and weaknesses” within the project of “Promoting access to justice and security for women and girls with disabilities in the Gaza Strip” funded by UNDP within the joint program ” Sawasya”: Justice and Security to the Palestinian People”.

Wessam Jouda, the project coordinator said that; “the gaps were determined through focus groups with women and girls with disabilities and meetings with the service providers”

The main gaps as she stated were; social services gap where the need to provide full services for women and girls who can’t leave their homes and need to increase the home visits by the community rehabilitation team from two visits to be four visits weekly including medical treatment, physical therapy, psychosocial support, nutrition awareness and provide them with medical supplies and pampers. Besides, they need shelters during the war that suit their needs as people with disabilities.

The legal gap; where there is a need to raise the awareness of the disabled women and girls about the compliant mechanisms, and the need to have a specialized legal clinic for those women and girls to provide them with legal consultation and representation

The health services gap; where there is a need to raise the awareness of the services providers’ staff on the rights of women and girls with disabilities, and their need to travel abroad to  make surgeries or recruit foreign physicians. Also, the need to have data base of the services provided by different organizations to avoid duplication, to provide medical supplies regularly and to make medical devices with high quality available as the need of women and girls with disabilities.

The gap of economic empowerment, where there is a need to separate the financial allocation of the social protection program received by women and girls with disabilities from the family allocations, and the need to o create an incubator for small income-generating projects that provide vocational training and training on small business management and life skills for women and girls with disabilities. Besides, providing fund for these projects along with administrative, marketing and financial guidance during the first year of the projects. Besides, providing the disabled girls and women with jobs in order to merge them in the private sector and the non-governmental organizations, and the need to provide those women and girls who are 60% disabled with financial grants to continue their education.

The education gap, there is a need to aware the staff of the ministry of education and the UNRWA education department on the rights and needs of the disabled girls and women, and on the concept of educational integration, and matching curriculum and teaching methods to suit women and girls with disabilities. Finally, there is a need to adapt the Palestinian universities facilities to match the needs of women and girls with disabilities.