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 engineer brings affordable biogas technology into every home

It can be difficult for Palestinian communities to secure dependable supplies of energy for cooking and lighting. Palestinian engineer, Amer Rabaya, thought about this problem and invented a machine that uses organic waste to produce cooking gas for homes. Making gas from waste products is not something new, but until…