Women and children are the main victims of the war in Gaza, with around 16,000 dead and an average of two mothers losing their lives every hour since Israel launched its offensive. of the military in response to the Hamas attack on October 7 last year. United Nations agency that promotes gender equality showed on Friday.
As a result of more than 100 days of conflict, at least 3,000 women have become widows and heads of households, and at least 10,000 children have lost their parents, UN Women added.
In a report released on Friday, the agency pointed to gender inequality and the burden borne by women who fled to fight as children who are repeatedly displaced. He said that of the 2.3 million people living in the strip, 1.9 million have disappeared and “almost a million are women and girls” who are seeking refuge and safety.
UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous said the situation is in contrast to the fighting that took place in the 15 years before the October 7 attack. Previously, it showed, 67% of all civilians killed in Gaza and the West Bank were men, and less than 14% were women.
Bahous reiterated UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ call for a humanitarian ceasefire and the immediate release of all hostages captured by Hamas.
“As we regret the situation of women and girls in Gaza today, we will regret it tomorrow if we do not have unrestricted humanitarian aid and a stop to the destruction and killing,” Bahous said in a statement with the report. .
“These women and girls are denied safety, medicine, health care, and shelter. They face imminent famine and starvation. Above all, they are deprived of hope and justice,” he said.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza says that nearly 25,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks, and that 70% of them are women and children. According to the UN, more than half a million people in Gaza – a quarter of the population – are starving.
In Israel, about 1,200 people were killed in the October 7 attack that sparked the Israeli offensive, and about 250 people were captured by Palestinian fighters. It is estimated that more than 100 hostages remain captive in Gaza.
Bahous said UN Women had heard “harrowing accounts of unjustified sexual violence during attacks” by Hamas, and repeated UN calls for accountability, justice and support for all affected people.
The agency said that despite the fighting in Gaza, women-led organizations promoting women’s rights remain active. According to their findings, 83% of the women’s organizations surveyed in the Gaza Strip are at least partially functioning, mainly focusing on emergency response to the war.
However, UN Women said that an analysis of the funds received from the Gaza emergency appeal last year revealed that only 0.09% of the funds went directly to national or local women’s rights organizations. -an.
Bahous said more aid needs to reach Gaza, especially for women and children, and to end the war.
“It’s time for peace,” he said. “We owe it to all Israeli and Palestinian women and girls. This is not your conflict. They must not continue to pay the price.”