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“Women near the border”

The Palestinian NGO Network produced a film entitled “Women near the border” to shed the light on the reality of women in Access restricted areas in the Gaza Strip.

The film highlights the reality of women in access restricted areas in the eastern area of Khan Yunis, where they suffer from fragile social and public services, such as electricity, water supply to homes, education and health care centers.

The “film”, produced by PNGO, shares two stories of the two women who live near the border areas.

The first story displays the life of Intesar a mother of 11 children who works as a female farmer in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip. In the film, Intesar talked about the difficulties she faces during her daily work in  farming her land which  is about 700 meters away from the border. However, the repeated aggressions of the Israeli occupation targeting the agricultural land hampers the production of the farming crop and causes enormous losses.

The other story is for another woman, Ebtihaj a mother of 5 children, who lives in Khuza’a, near the eastern border in Khan Yunis.  Ebtihaj owns a small shop and works with her son. The woman talked about the suffering in this area, as the shop closes in the early evening hours, due to the presence of gunfire or the residents ’fear of moving at night.

She mentioned her need to work a second profession, which is embroidery with some other women, to bear the high cost of living.

The absence of a health clinic in this area increases the suffering of women, where citizens need to take more than one taxi trips or to pay a double fare, to reach health clinics, she added.

The film, which lasted about four minutes, indicated a set of facts about the restricted access areas in the Gaza Strip in terms of population, the size of the limited access areas and the size of the agricultural lands in these areas as well.

The film comes to put the suffering of women on display and to send a message to the official authorities to develop national plans and facilities for women; in addition, the film urges diffrent actors and donors to direct their policies and projects towards these area.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtKREP_jMAs