|Carry consultation workshops in the WB and Gaza Strip and Jerusalem related to the NAP development
||Ministry of Women's Affairs
||MoWA launched the process for developing the 2nd-generation NAP on WPS (2020-2023), as the most important accountability framework to further WPS commitments, in March 2020. The process included thorough discussions with members of the HNC and members of the NC; non-members of the HNC, including the Ministries of Education, Environment and Agriculture, were also involved in the consultation process. More than 15 consultation workshops and 10 bilateral consultations took place in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza with the participation of around 60 civil society, governmental and non-governmental WPS actors and experts. MoWA had also ensured the inclusion of actors from the diaspora. Some of the key civil society actors that participated and informed the NAP development process such as GUPW and Al Muntada are chairs/leaders of civil society coalitions/network which have 30-40 members each. Thus, their perspectives and insights are representative of their members.
In the West Bank, three sub-committees were formed to follow up on the development of the NAP under each of the three identified strategic priorities (prevention/protection, accountability, and participation). Recommendations were finalized by each sub-committee after four meetings. In the Gaza Strip, and during July 2020, MoWA held a high-profile workshop on the NAP which was attended by more than 30 representatives from civil society and women’s organizations. During the workshop, the first draft of the NAP was presented and discussed, and priorities related to women affected by conflict in Gaza were highlighted. Additionally, human rights experts and women’s rights organizations presented their recommendations for NAP revisions during 3 subsequent meetings.
It is anticipated that further review, including by external independent consultants, INGOs and CSOs in both Gaza and the West Bank, will take place ahead of the final adoption. A final review of the NAP ahead of publication will be undertaken by a WPS consultant/expert.