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USAID promotes gender equality in all its funded activities in the West Bank and Gaza through recognition and fulfillment of the needs of Palestinian women and men. USAID programming protects the rights of women and aims to remove the barriers to equal participation of both genders to advance socio-economic development. By supporting gender integration in project design and implementation, USAID seeks to identify the root causes of existing gender inequalities.
USAID results in gender equality and women’s empowerment include:
- Promoting the entrance of more Palestinian women into historically male-dominated work fields, such as engineering and construction, by encouraging USAID partners to include approximately 140 women engineers on USAID projects.
- USAID trained approximately 110 female staff and female judges in the Palestinian justice sector and legal professions to develop their skills on how to reduce barriers and increase access for all women to the justice system.
- Improving the efficiency of women-owned businesses by providing training to about 180 female small business owners.
Last updated: April 07, 2015