Why are we healing our homeland?
We know investing in women and children is essential to achieve liberation. Societies that prioritize, elevate, and empower women and children create resilient communities, just societies, stable economies, and long-lasting, positive change.
Liberation is Required
Why are we focused on Gaza right now?
For the past 15 years, the Israeli apartheid regime has placed the Gaza strip under siege. The Gaza strip has been enclosed by an apartheid wall and the city is blocked by land, air, and sea. Their freedom of movement – among many other rights – has been completely stripped away. In 2021 alone, the merciless and illegal occupation forces murdered 248 Palestinians, including 61 children, and injured 1900 people in Gaza. At least 1200 homes and buildings were destroyed and another 15,000 were partially destroyed. Over 100,000 Palestinians in Gaza were displaced in 2021. In 2014, Apartheid Israel murdered over 2,250 Palestinians in Gaza, 500 of whom were children and left 11,000 wounded. At least 20,000 buildings were destroyed by the Apartheid state. This describes only two of the many attacks on the indigenous people of Palestine since 1948. The bottom line, the people in Gaza are being suffocated and too many are suffering. The empathy, resources, and support to heal their minds, bodies, and souls is long overdue.
Peace starts within our own hearts and minds, the world around us will never reflect peace unless we have it within us.
Malak Mattar, a Gaza based artist & the creator of the masterpieces you will find throughout our website.
Why does our Healing Unit focus on women & children?
There are one million children living in the world’s largest open-air prison – the Gaza strip. Every child that is 14 or older has experienced four major attacks that left thousands dead and countless injured and traumatized. These are generations of children who are growing up with no security and never having the chance to plan for their future. They need safety and hope. There is no doubt that the children of Gaza need ongoing psychological and social support.
Palestinian women are faced with systemic and structural violence by the ongoing occupation and discrimination. They are denied basic human rights such as freedom of movement, access to education, economic opportunities, and reproductive health. Women in Gaza are disproportionately impacted by displacement and poverty as a direct result of the apartheid regime.
Palestinian women face gender-based violence at the hands of Israeli apartheid forces and from Palestinians themselves. While gender-based violence impacts women globally, we know that gender-based violence rises with colonial violence. And there is no shortage of colonial violence in occupied Palestine.
The disproportionate impacts on women under apartheid requires more than just prayers for change but action to resist the attempt to destroy our indigenous social and political life.
We are committed to empowering women and children to realize their full potential and become capable leaders for future generations.
Articles to reflect on
- How Palestine is a critical feminist issue | Middle East Eye.
- Let’s Talk About How the Media Covers Gaza | The Nation.
- Gaza’s Mental-Health Crisis and the Trauma of Permanent War | The Nation.
- Suicides spike as Gaza’s youth-driven to despair | The Electronic Intifada.
- A nightmare journey | The Electronic Intifada.
- How Israel slowly suffocates Gaza | The Electronic Intifada.
- Love that transcends prison walls: Palestinian women tell stories of defiance | Middle East Eye.
- Israel-Gaza Conflict Takes Toll On Pregnant Women | HuffPost null.