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.

Shereen Alakhras: Accountant

Shereen is a 38 year old woman from Gaza. Here she shares her experience as a professional woman ahead of #InternationalWomensDay   As a Palestinian woman living in Gaza, I have many ambitions and dreams and want to prove to myself and others that I can overcome challenges to achieve.…

Sondos Al-Qutati: Social Worker

Sondos is a 23 year old Social Worker in the Gaza Field Office. Here she discusses her experience as a Gazan woman ahead of #InternationalWomensDay Whilst struggling under the heavy load of my final semester at university I tried to balance my academic commitments with the pressure of finding a…

Life as a refugee: A woman's perspective

Displaced Palestinian and Syrian women living in Lebanon’s refugee camps and informal gatherings are vulnerable to exploitation, poverty, ill-health and violence on a daily basis. And yet, the challenges they face are often missing from the discourse on the ‘refugee crisis’, as is the incredible resilience that they show in…

CASE STUDY: A Carer's Need

In the run up to International Women’s Day, we would like to celebrate the strength and resilience of Palestinian women the world over. We would like to share with you the story of Saeda Shaladan, a 35 year-old mother of five from Gaza. Saeda lives with her five young children…

Palestinian refugee schoolgirls invent an electronic sensor cane for the blind

14 year-old Aseel Abu Aleil, Aseel Alshaarand Noor Alarada from Nablus have invented an beeping walking stick for visually impaired people. The stick has a downward-pointing sensor to warn of pot-holes and stairwells, helping blind people find their way in the refugee camps. “The idea of the stick came to us from watching…