Civil and political rights - Palestinian Authority

The Political Marginalization of Palestinian Women in the West Bank

25.09.2019 / Created by (EMWF)

Though Palestinian women have always played a fundamental role in the struggle for liberation from the Israeli settler colonial regime, they have faced consistent political marginalization. This experience has become more multifaceted and entrenched since the 1990s, when the Oslo Accords unleashed a myriad of changes in the structure of Palestinian society and governance. These changes have included a newfound dependence on international donor aid among Palestinian civil society, including women’s organizations, and the bolstering of a corrupt and relentlessly patriarchal Palestinian Authority (PA) that complements rather than confronts the Israeli occupation and its oppression of the Palestinian population, both male and female. Such developments have caused today’s Palestinian women to endure perhaps even more formidable challenges when it comes to activism and political participation.

This policy brief addresses these issues, providing a historical consideration of Palestinian women’s political participation and then examining the reasons behind their de-politicization with a particular focus on the West Bank.


  • Type of publication : Article
  • Author : يارا هواري
  • Publishing house : Al Shabaka - The Palestinian Policy Network
  • Publication date : 2019
  • Number of pages : 7
  • Language : English and Arabic


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