Violence against Palestinian Women and Girls
This 101-page report, based on field research conducted in the West Bank and Gaza in November 2005 and early 2006, documents dozens of cases of violence ranging from spousal and child abuse to rape, incest and murders committed under the guise of family “honor.” There is increasing recognition of the problem, and some PA officials have indicated their support for a more vigorous government response, but the PA has taken little action to prevent these abuses. As a result, violence against women and girls is often unreported, and even when it is, it usually goes unpunished.
A significant number of women and girls in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are victims of violence perpetrated by family members and intimate partners. While there is increasing recognition of the problem and some Palestinian Authority (PA) officials have indicated their support for a more forceful response, little action has been taken to seriously address these abuses. Indeed, there is some evidence the level of violence is getting worse while the remedies available to victims are being further eroded.
- A Question of Security
- MAP 1
- MAP 2
- I. Summary
- II. Background
- III. Social and Legal Obstacles to Reporting Violence and Seeking Redress
- IV. Failings in Institutional Responses to Violenceagainst Women and Girls
- V. Obligations under International Human Rights Law
- VI. Conclusion
- VII. Recommendations