United Nations reports 9,000 women killed in Gaza conflict, urges immediate humanitarian action

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2nd March 2024 – (United Nations) According to UN Women, approximately 9,000 women have lost their lives in Gaza since the outbreak of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians on 7th October, 2023. However, this figure is likely an underestimate, as many more women are believed to have perished under the rubble. UN Women, a UN agency dedicated to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, expressed deep concern over the continuous killings in Gaza. At the current rate, an average of 63 women, including 37 mothers, are being killed daily, leaving families devastated and children without proper protection.

The agency highlighted the dire situation faced by women in Gaza, with more than four out of five reporting that their families now consume half or less of the food they had prior to the conflict. Mothers and adult women, responsible for sourcing food, often eat last and receive the least amount of food. UN Women revealed that 84 percent of women in Gaza reported that at least one family member had to skip meals in the past week, with mothers sacrificing their own meals to feed their children.

The entire population of Gaza, totalling 2.3 million people, is on the brink of severe food insecurity. Some women have resorted to extreme measures, such as scavenging for food among the rubble or in dumpsters. Despite the crucial role played by women’s organisations in providing emergency response services, less than 1 percent of the funds raised through the 2023 Flash Appeal have been allocated to local women’s rights organisations.