My name is Enas AbdAl-jwad. I am a Palestinian women’s rights defender working at the Advocacy Desk for the Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD). I have a particular interest in working with the Women, Peace and Security agenda through various international instruments and frameworks such as CEDAW and UNSCR1325.
I am also a member of the Women’s Coalition for Justice and Equality (ERADA) that recently led the adoption of civil rights for women by the Palestinian Prime Minister. Through this coalition, we carry out lobbying and advocacy campaigns. Our goal is to encourage decision makers to adopt changes in law that are in accordance with the principles of justice and equality, using different tools for advocacy such as legal petitions, media and awareness campaigns.
We work to ensure the adoption of civil rights for women. We want an amendment to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 years, and we want our laws for separation and divorce to adhere to international conventions— like the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
Palestinian women are subject to oppression stemming from patriarchal societies, and gender-based violence in public and private spaces. But, another type of discrimination that we face is the Israeli Occupation. This year, 2018, marks 70 years in a constant state of war.
But through all of this violence that women experience, there are people like me who believe that peace is possible. And Palestinians will not lose hope.
My passion is to be a human rights defender. When your life is threatened—as I see in my day-to-day life—it is not only important to continue this work, it is the only position that I can imagine myself in.