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Conflict, Civil Society, and Women’s Empowerment: Insights from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Ibrahim Natil
Dublin City University, Ireland

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13 Apr 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
140 pages - 152 x 229mm
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Women in conflict zones face steep challenges, and nowhere is this clearer than in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, regions that face reduced foreign aid, foreign occupation, violence, instability, ingrained social conservatism and perpetual political crisis. Yet the stereotypical view that women are unable to act politically in the socially conservative contexts of the Middle East is a long way from the truth. 

Here Ibrahim Natil shines a spotlight on how young Palestinian women work through civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve their communities’ and their own resilience and empowerment. He first outlines the impact of CSOs upon peaceful struggle, human rights and community development relief assistance, highlighting how CSOs respond rapidly to the needs of the population by delivering social, health, cultural and educational services to all sectors of society during humanitarian crises. He then asks how empowered Palestinian women contribute to CSO missions and how CSO missions reciprocally contribute to Palestinian women’s empowerment. Ultimately, young Palestinian women’s engagement with CSOs proves to strengthen cooperation, communication and cross-fertilization between CSO groups, which in turn increases these young women’s agency. 

Conflict, Civil Society, and Women’s Empowerment: Insights from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is a little-known success story, one that makes for required reading for scholars of development, peace studies, conflict resolution and conflict strategy, and which will inspire women’s rights activists around the globe.
Chapter 1. Introduction 
Chapter 2. History of Civil Society Organisations: Activism, Intervention and Shifts  
Chapter 3. Leadership of Civil Society: Culture and Constraints 
Chapter 4. Challenges of Violence to Participatory Civic Engagement 
Chapter 5. Internationally Sponsored Programs: EU Aid and Women Empowerment 
Chapter 6. Women’s Grassroots Peacebuilding Engagement 
Chapter 7. Grassroots Non-violent Activism and Engagement 
Chapter 8. Conclusion
Ibrahim Natil is a Research Fellow at Institute of International Conflict Resolution and Re-construction, Dublin City University, Ireland. He is the Co-cove nor of NGOs in Development Study Group, DSA-UK, and winner of Robert Chamber Best Overall Paper, selected by DSA Ireland (2017).
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