Occupied Palestinian Territory


Occupied Palestinian Territoryflag

Capital East Jerusalem
Population 3.9 million
Life Expectancy 73.1
Access to clean water 89%
Adult literacy 92.4%
Under five mortality 23 per 1,000 live births
GDP per head (US$ PPP) $1,100
Occupied Palestinian Territory

Our Joint Programmes

Gender equality and women's empowerment in the OPT
Women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory suffer from high levels of poverty and unemployment, with women refugees particularly vulnerable. The rate of female participation in the labor market in the West Bank and Gaza stood at 13.4 % in 2006, half the average rate in Arab countries and one of the lowest in the world. The Joint Programme promoted Palestinian women's social, economic and political empowerment and worked to reduce gender-based violence by encouraging women's political voice, increasing their opportunities to obtain decent and productive work, and improving their access to protection and justice.
Culture and Development
The Occupied Palestinian Territory has suffered from slowing growth and high unemployment in recent years, particularly among women and youth. The Joint Programme's goal was to create sustainable socio-economic development in the West Bank and Gaza through culture-related activities and tailor-made programmes based on the notion of cultural diversity.


Striking out against gender-based violence in Gaza

The MDG-F helps open the first-ever integrated shelter and facility to reduce violence against Palestinian women in Gaza.


Traditions build livelihoods for Palestinian women

Against a backdrop of conflict and limited economic opportunities, a group of West Bank women are revitalizing traditional Palestinian hospitality and building livelihoods for themselves.


Palestinian identity unfolds on two stages

As the West Bank Palestinian leadership was readying its September statehood bid at the United Nations General Assembly, 20-year-old Mariam Abu Khaled was preparing for a different drama.