WFP and UNFPA to support gender-based violence survivors in Palestine
JERUSALEM – The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will support more than 5,300 vulnerable women in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, using the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) electronic voucher platform.
UNFPA will use WFP’s existing cash-transfer platform to provide every woman with US$100 loaded onto an electronic card. They can use the card to buy diverse food, personal hygiene and household hygiene products from WFP’s 300 shops across Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In Gaza, 4,000 women will benefit from this intervention in addition to 1,300 in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The assistance will target the most vulnerable women and girls, including many who are at risk of gender-based violence, contributing to ensuring greater protection and enhancing their livelihoods and dignity.
Many families are forced to make difficult choices to deal with the financial and emotional stresses they are under. They sometimes resort to selling their assets or reducing the number of meals they eat. This assistance helps to alleviate some of these stresses. It comes at an opportune time as the recent hostilities witnessed across Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem have exacerbated the already challenging socio-economic situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.