Security Reasoning, Spatial Politics, Patriarchy and the Economic Rights of Palestinian Women in Israel

Palestinian women and girls account for over half of the Arab population in Israel, which makes up approximately 17% of the Israeli population. Palestinian women and girls are marginalized on two fronts: as women in Arab society and as Palestinians in Israeli society. This situation affects the economic status of Palestinian women, as seen, for example, in the feminization of poverty, low female labour force participation and high female unemployment.

This grant will allow MADA al-Carmel (the Arab Center for Applied Social Research) to undertake a comprehensive investigation of Palestinian women's economic situation in Israel, with particular focus on the policies and processes that affect their ability to obtain an education, find a job, start a business, and participate in the formal or informal economy. The research results will be used to inform an evidence-based policy dialogue on the economic status of Palestinian women. Building the capacity of junior Palestinian researchers to conduct research and engage in public policy dialogue will be an important aspect of this project.

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Start Date

Sunday, February 15, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


36 months

IDRC Officer

Baksh, Rawwida

Total funding

CA$ 379,800


Israel, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Project Leader

Nadim Rouhana


MADA AL-CARMEL Arab center for applied Social Research (R.A)

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