Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip have experienced multiple and recurrent human rights violations due to Israel’s military occupation, blockade, and ongoing military aggression. As a result, women experience persistent, inter-generational, and long-term mental and physical outcomes that manifest throughout their lives. They have felt threatened, were injured by the Israeli military, lost family members, and faced varied restrictions due to Israel’s blockade.
Together with the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), we conducted a study on the consequences of Israeli human rights violations on the physical and mental health of more than 400 women who participated in the study. The study, the result of a 2-year joint project between PHRI and GCMHP focusing on Palestinian women in Gaza, shows a clear link between exposure to human rights violations and psychological distress.