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Gender and Human Security: Palestine Revisited

Published on: October 2008​
Genre: Gender​ Category: Research Report/ Research Paper/ White Paper​

This working paper has been submitted as a chapter in Gender Perspectives on Human Security, edited by Rosalind Boyd.

By examining the Palestinian women’s sector, this paper investigates the forms of social and political organization which are better able to promote a human security agenda. It argues that although the Palestinian women’s sector is now represented by a number of strong non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the women’s sector as a whole, especially the non-Islamist movement, is characterized by fragmentation and alienation from the grassroots. Transformations in the non-Islamist women’s movement in the post-Madrid period have marginalized the primacy of popular participation as an ‘organizing concept.’ As a result, although the women’s sector may be able to promote the short-term goals associated with a human security agenda, it is more limited in its ability to promote the longer-term objectives which require stronger connections to grassroots constituencies.

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