While women and youth make up the largest segments of the Palestinian society, their participation in the political life remains under expectations. Underrepresentation of women and youth in leadership and decision making levels severely impacts the ability to mobilize Palestinian resources and maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their efforts and roles in reform processes. Moreover, rates of unemployment among women and youth are considered the highest among neighbouring countries. To confront this reality, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) has recently completed a study which provides concrete recommendations and actions for adopting public policies ensuring women and youth leaders’ participation. It focuses on their representation at decision making level within the Palestinian political system, specifically the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.