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Palestine

Working with local Women’s Rights Organizations (WROs) to serve marginalized women who face violence, instability, food insecurity, and unemployment in the region. 

This war continues to bring unimaginable suffering for women and children. Two mothers are killed every hour in Gaza. Two thirds of the tens of thousands of people killed are women and children.  Nearly a million more have been forcibly displaced and left to live amongst the rubble without safe shelter and without enough food or clean water to survive. For the sick and injured, for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, there is virtually no medical help left.  

The conflict between Israel and Palestine has spanned decades but the attacks by Hamas on October 7, 2023 and the subsequent bombardment and siege of Gaza by Israel have led to a new and deadly chapter in this war. 

Adapting to Meet the Urgent Needs of Women in Gaza:   

 To address the urgent humanitarian needs of women in Gaza, we are working with Wefaq Society for Women and Child Care, a local women’s organization that has managed to remain operational, even in this deadly and unstable environment.  Through them, we are providing: 

  • Hot meals from community kitchen  
  • Winter clothes and shoes  
  • Blankets and mattresses  
  • Hygiene kits, and other essential items like menstrual supplies, milk, diapers for babies and food vouchers 
  • Hotlines for trauma informed counseling 

Since 1996, Wefaq has been serving women, children, and youth survivors of violence with psychological, fiscal, legal, and health assistance. When the war began, they shifted to emergency humanitarian response for displaced families from east of the Rafah Governorate and the northern Gaza Strip to the shelters in southern Gaza Strip.   

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Food distribution in Gaza. Credit: Madelin Shaglih.
Wefaq distributes warm food in Gaza. Credit: Madelin Shaglih.

Thousands of women and children have already been given warm clothing, hygiene kits, food, and water, but there are thousands more in desperate need.  

  • Women living in tent shelters need blankets and mattresses  
  • Children need warm clothes and shoes as they face harsh winter weather  
  • Families need enough food and clean water to survive 

As a nonpartisan organization committed to serving the most marginalized women affected by war and conflict, we are now providing essential aid throughout the region – not only in Gaza but also in the West Bank and Israel. 

“This conflict is causing my heart to break, but I also have belief in the resilience of the women we serve and hope for a future that is built around peace."  

— Amani Mustafa, WfWI Country Director, Palestine  

Gaza Through My Lens

Mariam* has been working with us to document the deteriorating situation in Gaza. While living through the horrors of war herself, she dares to lift the stories of other Palestinian women. 

Let us all bear witness to her bravery.  

Supporting Women in the West Bank: 

In the West Bank we had already been working with five WROs (Family Defense Society, Sawa – Together Today and Tomorrow, Jerusalem Centre for Women, Women Activities Association and Askar Women's Centre) since 2022 to support women who face violence, food insecurity and unemployment in an area of prolonged conflict. Since October 7 2023, with increasing violence, raids and restrictions to people’s movements, women and their families have limited access to health and medical facilities, clean water and essential food items. So, we’ve pivoted to meet their urgent needs by providing food vouchers, trauma-informed counseling via hotlines, hygiene kits, and other essential items like menstrual supplies, milk and diapers for babies.  

“Due to the ongoing closures, my husband is unable to work, and the economic situation is dire. With children to care for, I'm uncertain about the future and when this crisis will come to an end. My fears are overwhelming.” 

– Hotline support recipient in the West Bank, Palestine 

Supporting Women in Israel: 

We’re heartbroken by the accounts of sexual violence against Israeli women on October 7, 2023 and feel the pain of women and their families who have struggled to be heard and believed since then. 

We always unequivocally condemn the use of rape, torture and the abduction of civilians as crimes against humanity and this case is no different. 

At this time, we are developing an emergency response with an organization in Israel, called ‘Women Against Violence’ that provides shelters for Palestinian and Jewish Israeli women survivors of violence and their children. In addition to housing, legal support, and trauma counseling, they are creating social cohesion among women and children of different backgrounds in a safe space. 

Join Us in Making a Difference:   

Even in this time of immense grief, sorrow, and anger, our 30-year history of working in conflict zones also offers us hope. Three decades ago, during the siege of Sarajevo and the Rwandan genocide, it was hard to imagine a day when women survivors of those wars would be thriving and, in some cases, working closely with sisters on the other side of those conflicts. And yet, through Women for Women International programs, survivors of those wars are building peace.  

We know that when we invest in women survivors of war, they create more peaceful households, communities, and societies—building bridges across what at the outset might appear to be impossible divides.   

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Palestine Woman Behind Fence
Make an emergency donation to support women facing horrific consequences of this conflict. Your gift today helps provide: cash, food, warm clothing, diapers, hygiene kits, and trauma counseling.