Resource: The impact of the siege on women in Gaza

A report by Gisha addresses the effects of Israel’s policy toward Gaza’s workforce from a gender perspective. It focuses on women who managed to break through the glass ceiling only to be met by the concrete ceiling of the Israeli-imposed closure.
The report examines the specific ways in which the closure on Gaza affects women from different professional fields: consultancy, banking, hi-tech management, civil society organizations, education, and entrepreneurship. Each one of the women interviewed has overcome social obstacles and limitations but is still faced with the severe Israeli restrictions on movement in and out of Gaza. These restrictions affect both their personal and professional advancement, and the possibility of contributing to the development of Gaza’s economy.

Gisha is an Israeli non-profit organization founded in 2005 whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents.