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The WCLAC Bulletin - November 2016

WCLAC has been awarded the certificate of compliance with the Palestinian NGOs code of conduct: In a special ceremony organized by the NGO Development Center (NDC) in both Gaza City and Ramallah with the presence of representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), WCLAC was granted the Certificate of Compliance with the Palestinian NGOs Code of Conduct for two years. The certificate is a testament to WCLAC’s compliance with the Palestinian NGOs Code of Conduct and committed to good practices which include Compliance with covenants and laws, Priorities of development, Participation , Networking & coordination, Transparency, Accountability, Equality & Inclusiveness, Good Governance, Prevent Conflict of Interest, Influence & Effectiveness, NGOs Integrity and Dispute Resolution. Read more.


WCLAC contributes to a conference in Madrid on women access and management of water in the oPt: on the 22nd of November, WCLAC represented by its General Director, gave a presentation on “Women’s participation in water access and management in Palestine”. The conference organized by the Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture (FPSC) in collaboration with Obra Social "la Caixa" in Madrid, reflected on the implementation of the right to water in Palestine with a special emphasis on Palestinian women. WCLAC gave an overview of the situation of women in the oPt and introduced the current water and sanitation challenges that Palestinians as a whole and women in particular face under occupation. Read more.  

International day for combatting violence against women - November 25 marks the 56th anniversary of the murder of the Mirabal sisters, who are also known as Las Mariposas or The Butterflies. The four Mirabal sisters were civil rights activists in the Dominican Republic. Three of them were assassinated on orders from Dictator Rafael Trujillo, and they quickly became heroines and martyrs in the fight against his repressive regime. Worldwide, Las Miraposas became symbols of resistance and democracy, and they inspired the creation of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Read more.

Jerusalem women – “There was a time when Palestinians living in Jerusalem considered themselves lucky.  Now, life is full of uncertainty, anxiety and hardships. With severe restrictions on new buildings in East Jerusalem, much of the Palestinian middleclass has emigrated. Palestinians who remain face legal restrictions on who they can marry and Byzantine legal and bureaucratic restrictions on where they can build and live. Economic opportunities are scarce, and the natural flow of commercial and social life has been interrupted by a system of permits and by the physical concrete barrier of the wall.  This fragmentation of Palestinian life reflects what is happening to the wider Palestinian community in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the refugee camps.” Maha Abu Dayyeh.  Ayda Abu Tayeh tells her story of what life is like in Jerusalem today. Read more

Meet the Palestinian girl who turned the ashes of war into hope for the future – This Palestinian girl from Gaza is turning ash into bricks. “Some people made fun of us and did not accept the idea but others supported us” says Majd Al-Masharawi. After three wars in ten years Gaza is desperate to re-build but under Israeli blockade it is hard to get the bricks. “The idea of Green Cake was not born in one night. The research process lasted more than six months. To solve one of the reconstruction problems in the Gaza Strip, we developed the idea of making a block without rocks and sand by using only rubble. Huge amounts of ash are dumped in landfills so we developed a way to use this ash to make Green Cake blocks. It is an environmentally friendly innovation not only for Gaza but for the world.” Watch the video

ICC Affirms Occupied Status of Gaza, East Jerusalem - The Office of the Prosecutor (Office) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has affirmed the occupied status of the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, in a blow to Israel’s claims to the contrary. A new report on preliminary examination activities, published on November 14, includes an update on the Office’s activities in relation to Palestine. As part of providing context, the Office notes Israel’s position regarding the Gaza Strip since its unilateral redeployment of settlers and armed forces in 2005 (so-called 'disengagement’), namely that “it is no longer an occupying power in Gaza.” The Office continues: “By contrast, it may be argued that Israel nonetheless remains an occupying power as a result of the scope and degree of control that Israel has retained over the territory of Gaza – a position that the Office has previously taken in the context of the preliminary examination of the situation referred by the Government of the Union of Comoros.” Read more.

Amna Suleiman: “Riding a bike makes you feel like you are flying” – Amna is a 33 year old woman from Gaza who made it to the 2016 list of the BBC 100 Women of influential and inspirational women around the world. A teacher by profession, Amna cycled with female friends from Gaza’s southern tip to Gaza city in protest of the regional taboo against female cyclists. Dubbed as a 'bike protester' by the BBC, Suleiman led the first group of female cyclists to pedal in public in years. Suleiman is among 13 Arab women from Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia Yemen and Syria, who also made it to the BBC list. Read more.