Jerusalem Center for Women

Towards a Gender Sensitive Palestinian Constitution

Mid-Term Project Evaluation Report

Supported by the multi-donor Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Project, entitled ‘Towards a Gender Sensitive Palestinian Constitution’ (hereinafter, the Project) is currently being implemented by the Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy (PCPD) in partnership with the Jerusalem Centre for Women (JCW), over a period of two years (2013-2014). Its overall budget is USD $200,000, distributed between PCPD ($160,000), as the lead organization, and JWC ($40,000), as the co-lead organization. Consequently, each organization signed a separate Project Cooperation Agreement with UN Women

The Project’s goal entailed that ‘Palestinian women are empowered to advocate for the enactment of gender sensitive legislation’. Women’s empowerment in this area is perceived by an increase in the number of women (leaders of the civil society) in local and national decision making, as well as proposed amendments pertaining to women's rights are adopted for the National Committee for the Drafting of a Palestinian Constitution when it re-convenes. The Project’s two key strategies were to activate civil society organizations through capacity building and advocacy on the importance of, and steps to attaining a gender sensitive Palestinian constitution. Hence, in achieving this goal, and working on the third draft of the Palestinian constitution as a showcase, the Project aspired to achieve three key outcomes:

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