March 8, 2011 marks the Global Centenary Year of the International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This day dawned on women in the Gaza Strip with them continuing to face a multitude of difficulties and extreme challenges.
Women in the Gaza Strip face great hardship. There are more than 1,645 girls or women who are disabled. This figure represents 37.4% of the total number of the disabled in the
Strip. Conversely, statistics show that the number of female students in education are on the increase numbering about 11,9513 (or 52.4%) compared to the total number of 22,7908 students. Unfortunately due to the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip being as high as 80% with per capita income being less than £400, the average university fees of about £300 per semester is beyond the means of a great majority of young women.
Add to this is the growing number of widows who make up 6.4% of the female population. Given the abysmal economic situation in the Gaza Strip, widows face great difficulties both economically and psycho-socially.