On the eve of International Women’s Day, H.E. Dr. Ola Awad, President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), highlighted the situation of the Palestinian women.
H.E. Dr. Awad underlined that women represent half of the Palestinian society, corresponding to 2.57 million women (49% of total Palestinian population). HE Dr Awad mentioned that 11% of the Palestinian households were headed by women in 2020 (12% in the West Bank and 9% in Gaza Strip). The median age at first marriage in Palestine was 20.7 years for females in 2019.
As to the participation of women in education in Palestine, while enrolment of boys in secondary education was 73%, it was 92% for girls in the scholastic year 2019-2020.
Concerning the labour market, 23% of the female employees were hired in the private sector work without an employment contract and 62% of them received a contribution in financing retirement/end of service package in 2020. However, more than half of female employees in the private sector (60%) received a paid maternity leave in the same year.
The highlights shared by HE Dr. Awad also included the Israeli violations against the Palestinian women. In 2020, 3 Palestinian women were martyred, 128 women were arrested in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip borders, and there are still 40 Palestinian women in the Israeli prisons as at the end of 2020.
Based on 2020 data, the participation of Palestinian women in decision making positions is still limited compared to that of men. Data show that 5% of the Palestinian Central Council members, 11% of the Palestinian National Council members, and 13% of the Council of Ministers members are women. Additionally, the percentage of women ambassadors in the Diplomatic Service is 11%. Moreover, there is only one woman governor in Palestine out of 16 governors.
According to the General Personnel Council data up to February 2021, the percentage of women’s participation in the public sector reached 45% of the civil servants. The gap is wider concerning the ranks of Director General and higher where this percentage reached 14% for Palestinian women.
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