Empowering Women amidst Conflict and Contesting Power in Chaos: Palestinian Women, Local Councils, and Democracy on the West Bank and Gaza

Islah Jad, Associate Professor and Director, Women's Studies Institute, Birzeit University, West Bank, Palestine, and Campbell Scholar, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Islah JadIslah Jad2013–2014 Campbell Resident ScholarIslah Jad2013–2014 Campbell Resident Scholar

Classic literature portrays local governments as an important path for decentralizing the often centralized state power, thus involving people at the grass roots level to share power. Women, in this context and according to women’s rights universal conventions, can be seen as better served and more empowered. However, the context of persistent insecurity and conflict which overshadow Palestinian women’s lives means women are unable to wield any real political power and implement the improvements within their communities which they hoped entering politics would allow them to do. This book project, which draws on extensive qualitative and quantitative data collection, contributes to the debate on democratic governance in a conflict situation and its gender impact.

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