According to ActionAid, Gaza is one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a woman right now due to the unprecedented levels of violence experienced by women and girls in the besieged territory.
The international non-governmental organization ActionAid has said that women in Gaza are facing unprecedented levels of violence, rendering the besieged territory one of the world’s most dangerous places for women, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Sunday.
“Women and girls in Gaza are experiencing unprecedented levels of violence, making the besieged territory one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a woman right now,” ActionAid said in a report this week.
The figures presented by ActionAid paint a picture.
“Two mothers are killed every hour in Gaza and seven women every two hours,” the report reads, adding:
“Overall, women and children make up almost 70% of the total death toll.”
“Almost every woman and girl will have lost someone – whether it is their child, their husband, their parent, sibling, relative, neighbor or friend.”
The dire situation extends to pregnant women in Gaza, with approximately 50,000 women expecting.
“Around 50,000 women in Gaza are pregnant and, each day, 180 are risking their lives to give birth without adequate medical care,” the report says, adding:
“That includes undergoing cesareans and emergency operations without sterilization, anesthesia or painkillers.”
On Saturday, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza revealed that Israeli snipers positioned around Al-Awda Hospital in northern Gaza have killed and injured several pregnant Palestinian women on their way to the hospital to give birth.
Al-Qudra stated that pregnant women in northern Gaza have been prevented from accessing the maternity service at Al-Awda Hospital, leading to their death along with their unborn children.