In focus: The war in Gaza

Updated 16 April 2024

After the 7 October 2023 attack by Hamas on Israel, followed by the Israeli Armed Forces’ strikes on Gaza, UN Women has worked to analyse the differentiated impact on women, men, boys, and girls, to ensure adequate responses to their needs.

As the crisis passed its sixth month, more than 10,000 women have been killed in Gaza, and more than 19,000 injured. More than 4 out of 5 women (84 per cent) report that their family eats half or less of the food they used to before the war began, and 87 per cent report finding it harder to access food than men.

“We are witnessing a destruction and killing of civilians, UN personnel, humanitarians, and journalists at an unprecedented scale”, said UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous in a recent speech. UN Women calls for immediate implementation of the resolution adopted by the Security Council demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza,

“We call on the immediate and safe delivery of humanitarian aid across Gaza, the release of all hostages, an end to occupation, and for a return to a path to peace, a peace that is just and comprehensive and that is inclusive of the crucial voices and leadership of women”, Bahous said. “This is our only hope for the future we want.”

See below to read more from the women affected by the war and what UN Women is doing amid this humanitarian catastrophe. 

UN Women has been supporting Palestinian women since 1997 to achieve their social, economic, and political rights. We remain present on the ground to provide support and assistance and will do so for as long as it takes.

Latest on the crisis

Voices from Gaza

Resources

Gender alert: Scarcity and fear

Since the start of the war, UN Women has been documenting the experiences of women in Gaza in a series of gender alerts that look at various aspects of how the war is impacting the daily lives of women and girls, including food, water, shelter, health, and protection. This new alert is the latest in this series, and it focuses on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, which are integral to women’s health, dignity, safety, and privacy.

Gender alert: The gendered impact of the crisis in Gaza

This document provides an overview of the situation in Gaza and articulates UN Women’s work as part of its six-month multisectoral response to the crisis. 

UN Women Palestine 6-month response framework

This document articulates UN Women’s 6-month plan to respond to the needs across the Occupied Palestinian Territory, while reflecting the distinct and rapidly evolving realities on the ground in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

UN Women rapid assessment and humanitarian response in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

This document provides a preliminary analysis of the impact of the crisis on women and outlines UN Women’s humanitarian response to the crisis and provides asks and recommendations for key actors and the international community.