picOn August 24, a National Action Plan (NAP) was launched for the protection and non-discrimination of Palestinian women by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 1325 Higher Commission, the UN Women and the EU. The action plan is a national implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 and the YWCA of Palestine has been striving for this for many years.

The YWCA of Palestine is an active member in the UNSCR 1325 Higher Commission and in the civil society UNSCR 1325 Coalition secretariat. The Strategic Framework of the NAP was launched at the YWCA of Palestine international Conference in Bethlehem “Women’s Freedom, Peace and Dignity in Palestine UNSCR 1325 for Accountability” in 2014. Since then, the YWCA has been struggled for a formal launch of the National Action Plan in Palestine and now it finally happened. Now they will be just as determined to ensure the successful implementation it.

The General Secretary of the National YWCA of Palestine summarizes the launch and the role of the YWCA by stating: “This is an important milestone for women in their struggle for justice and equality. We are proud that the Government has dedicated all its efforts to formulate the plan, and have gathered so many governmental and non-governmental parties around this plan, to see to it that it comes to life. We hope that all partners will continue to support women as they struggle to create safe spaces for themselves, their communities and their children, spaces free of violence and discrimination”

Read the YWCA Palestine’s summary of the event here