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English Title: Check points and barriers: Searching for livelihood in the West Bank and Gaza. Gender dimensions of economic collapse
Author/Creator: World Bank
Type of publication: Other Publication
Bibliographic reference: World Bank 2010, Check Points and Barriers: Searching for Livelihood in the West Bank and Gaza. Gender dimensions of economic collapse, World Bank, Downloaded on 10/03/2014, Available at:
Abstract: An important dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and one that has been extensively documented, concerns Israel’s control over the movement of Palestinian people, goods, and resources. Over time, however, the apparatus of control itself has gradually become more sophisticated and effective in its ability to interfere in and affect every aspect of Palestinian life, including job opportunities, work, and earnings. Extensive and multilayered, the apparatus of control includes a permit system, physical obstacles known as closures, restricted roads, prohibitions on entering large areas of land in the West Bank, and most notably the Separation Barrier. This report assesses the impact of the movement and access regime in the period 2000–07 on the economy and the working lives of Palestinians, exploring the gender dimension of restrictions on labor force participation, and how new tensions in the arena of work resulting from movement and access restrictions have affected relations between women and men. The findings of this study are based on an analysis of data covering the years 2000 to 2007 and examine the long-term impacts of restrictions on movement and access. The most effective way to improve economic opportunities for Palestinians men and women in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem is to lift movement and access restrictions which disadvantage women in specific gendered ways. The report concludes with recommendations related to creation and support enabling environments for safe and decent work, enhancement of trade unions, support of quality of education and youth employment, and facilitation of family and social cohesion.
Original abstract of the author: No
Field of science: All/General
Relation with Gender and Science topics: Underlying Causes and effects
Policies on Gender Equality
Geographical coverage: Palestine-administered areas
Time coverage: 2000s
Methodological approach: Conceptual
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