Justice and security institutions, service providers and civil society discuss implications of the establishment of the Specialized Public Prosecution on family protection in the State of Palestine. Photo: UN Women/Cindy Thai Thien Nghia.
Broadening impact through joint programmes
Through joint programmes, UN Women collaborates with other UN entities to integrate gender equality measures across a wide range of core development concerns. In the State of Palestine, UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) carried out a joint programme on strengthening the rule of law that builds on partnerships with 13 justice and security institutions, and more than 40 civil society organizations and universities. Within a broader state-building agenda, UN Women has taken a leadership role in integrating gender justice and demonstrating the fundamental importance of women’s access to justice.
The programme has expanded access to legal representation and counselling for 53,000 Palestinians, more than half of whom are women. A specialized prosecution unit has been established with 26 public prosecutors trained on dealing with cases of sexual and gender-based violence, while nearly 400 lawyers have acquired new knowledge of women’s human rights to improve their arguments in court. A draft domestic violence bill aligned with international standards is now under final review. It marks the first attempt to criminalize domestic violence in the State of Palestine and establish specific measures for the protection of survivors.
Together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Women has enhanced economic opportunities for 18,000 women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. The joint programme helps to sustain their livelihoods and increase food security and nutrition, deploying strategies such as support for small businesses, the provision of high-quality seeds and agricultural extension services, the creation of agricultural cooperatives and the supply of fortified foods.
In Egypt, a joint programme with UNDP has supported the issuance of more than 300,000 national ID cards for women, opening the door for them to obtain a variety of essential public services and legal rights. Joint advocacy led to a breakthrough commitment by the President of Egypt to issue 5 million of the cards, covering all women who do not currently have them. To extend access on a large scale, UN Women assisted with a cooperation model where local NGOs partner with the National Council for Women to issue the cards.