Against the Odds

In the sections below we take a look at many brave men and women who are trying – against all odds – to build a future for Palestine.

'My disability became my motivation': Abeer's Story

‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m-possible”! …So says Abeer Abu Shahma, drawing upon Audrey Hepburn’s famous quip. Abeer is a Gazan woman who, #AgainstTheOdds has fought to empower women with disabilities in the Gaza Strip. At an impressive 49 years of age, this determined matriarch never loses hope.…

IWD: What it means to be a woman in Palestine…

In celebration of #InternationalWomensDay on Wednesday 8th March 2017 our female colleagues in Gaza have made an acrostic of the word ‘women’. See the resilience of women in Palestine through the eyes of our team in Gaza…

Dana El-Tanna: Communications Assistant

Dana joined the Communications Team at the Gaza Field Office in 2016. Here she shares her stories about growing up as a girl in Gaza ahead of #InternationalWomensDay   My name is Dana El-Tanna and I’m 26 years old. I work as a Communications Assistant at the Interpal Gaza Office.…

Sahar Abu Shaaban: Communications Assistant

Sahar joined our Gaza Field Office as a Communications Assistant in 2016. Here she shares her experiences of growing up as a woman in the Gaza Strip and the challenges she faced ahead of #InternationalWomensDay   I was the youngest daughter in my family, the pampered daddy’s girl. Just like…

Shatha Al Essawi: Communications & Public Relations Officer

Shatha is our Communications and PR Officer in Gaza. She has overcome many obstacles and shares her wisdom ahead of #InternationalWomensDay   My mother used to say to me, ‘whenever you experience injustice, take it as an opportunity to improve yourself’. As a Palestinian woman injustice comes in many guises;…