In the Absence of Justice: Embodiment and the Politics of Militarized Dismemberment in Occupied East Jerusalem

Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University

Monday, December 5

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Columbia Law School

Jerome Greene Hall

Join us for the UN Women launch at Columbia Law School recognizing the new report by Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian on womens' and girls'  access to justice in occupied East Jerusalem and featuring Dr. Katherine Franke and Dr. Lila Abu-Lughod.

This program is co-supported by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, and UN Women.

UN Women's Palestine Country Office has supported a series of publications on Palestinian women's access to justice. The first publication in this series, Access Denied (2014), examined the socio-political and legal context of access to justice for Palestinian women in the occupied West Bank. The study focused on the ordeals faced by Palestinian women in Area C and H2, which make up approximately 60 per cent of the West Bank and remain under the full civil and security control of Israel and the Israeli military. In these areas women are limited both physically and procedurally from accessing justice and security institutions.

Access Denied's recommendations included the call for similar research on women's access to justice be carried out in East Jerusalem, which is part of the occupied West Bank, but was unilaterally annexed by Israel in 1967 in contravention of international law. Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem live in uncertainty of evictions, residency revocations, demolitions, movement restrictions and violent encounters with Israeli security forces and settler groups. Palestinian women and girls in East Jerusalem and their access to justice are limited by the interplay between on the one hand the discriminatory multiple legal regimes of the Israeli occupation and on the other the internal mechanisms of patriarchal control within Palestinian communities. In these circumstances women's access to justice in East Jerusalem faces challenges that are unique not only to the occupied Palestinian territory, but to the world in general.

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