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She leads the way Campaign launched to celebrate International Womens Day 2018

Within the international one-week women’s campaign (1-8 March), international development partners in Palestine launched today the joint she leads the way campaign to celebrate the 2018 International Women’s Day (8 March). During this week, a variety of activities will be carried out across the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives. Today’s event, which was jointly organized by UNESCO and the Norwegian Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority, was a visit to Ras AlAuja, a Bedouin community in the Jordan Valley. A parallel visit took place to Beith Lahia in the North-West of the Gaza Strip where the majority of residents are small farmers. In Ras AlAuja, where inhabitants depend mainly on livestock and produce as their source of income for the local Palestinian market, visitors had the opportunity to participate and engage in the daily activities of Bedouin women such as making bread, butter and cheese. In Beith Lahia, visitors were able to experience the strawberry harvest season and engage in picking strawberries with women farmers as the central activity.

Throughout the She leads the way campaign, a number of initiatives will take place in the West Bank and Gaza highlighting women’s participation in performing arts, technology and civic engagement through art exhibitions, workshops, theatre performances, storytelling and discussion panels.

International Women’s Day 2018 is an opportunity to put calls for gender equality into action and reiterates the importance of empowering women of all backgrounds, rural and urban. She leads the way is a joint campaign between UNESCO, UN Women, UNFPA, Norwegian Representative Office to the PA,   Italian Agency for Development Cooperation –Jerusalem Office, Spanish Cooperation, Consulate General of Sweden in Jerusalem, Consulate General of Belgium in Jerusalem, British Consulate General- Jereusalem, and Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling – WCLAC.

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For further information on the Campaigns activities, please contact:

Ms Majd Beltaji, Public Information Officer- UNESCO Ramallah Office: m.beltaji@unesco.org and Mr Shadi Sader, Communication Manager – British Consulate General in Jerusalem: shadi.sader@fco.gov.uk