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“After Oct. 7, There Are No Longer Any Women”: Gazan Women Struggle to Survive on IWD

HeadlineMar 08, 2024

Today marks International Women’s Day. Rallies and other actions are planned across the globe. But in a makeshift camp in southern Gaza’s Rafah city, displaced Palestinian women say they are not celebrating this year as they struggle to survive amid war, hunger, illness and grief. These are some of their voices.

Iman Zakout: “Women’s Day is outside of Palestine. In Palestine, we do not have Women’s Day, especially in Gaza. Women have been wiped away; they no longer have (an identity) here. Before October 7, women here had a good quality of life in their homes. They were secure and happy. They had everything. After October 7, there are no longer any women.”

Umm Ahmed Zakout: “Women cannot hold onto their children. The houses have been bombed. This is a war of extermination. This is not just a war. These are people. They have all been destroyed. Every generation is killed. Every generation grows up and is then killed. Are they not humans? You bring up your child with your heart, and within moments, within minutes, he is gone, and the house he is in is gone.”

Aya Al-Madhoun: “We suffer from violence, from sadness, from injustice, from humiliation, from the hardest forms of torture at the hands of the occupation. … My wish on International Women’s Day is for this war not to get repeated.”

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