Kayan’s Legal Department recently examined the employment conditions of working Palestinian women in the private Palestinian employment sector in Israel. Kayan’s unique research highlights the core issues that surround the lack of basic employment needs, and reveals disturbing findings in regards to rights violations, showing that 88% of the 27 women we interviewed, received a salary lower than the minimum wage defined by the law.
Rights violations remain relevant today due to existing societal barriers, and a preconceived image of women as inferior, unequal housewives. Working Palestinian women face cultural and structural barriers, within their patriarchal society, but are encouraged to seek change on personal, societal, and political levels.
Attached is a short four-page summary of the research’s main findings and our recommendations. We at Kayan continue to work on this issue, addressing it on the level of awareness-raising, legal representation, and advocacy.