The 1975-85 United Nations Decade for Women will culminate with the world conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, Duly 15-26, 1985. Over the objections of the U.S. and other members of the Nairobi planning bodies, the subject of Palestinian women has been placed on the Nairobi agenda, under item 7. A Report of the Secretary-General (SG Report), entitled "The Situation of Women and Children Living in the Occupied Arab Territories and Other Occupied Territories," is the documentation on which basis the subject will be considered.
At the request of the Jacob Blaustein Institute, Dr. Mala Tabory, a legal scholar and social scientist, undertook a study intended to provide participants in the Nairobi Conference with another perspective beside that contained In the SG Report. Concerned about the situation of women worldwide, the Institute felt that it was important for the conference attendees to have a document that contributes to a balanced and constructive view of the controverted subject of Palestinian women. Dr. Tabory drew in her research for the full study from both Arab and Israeli published sources as well as on the documents of several UN agencies. Most important, she visited factories, vocational schools and health centers in the West Bank and Gaza to interview Palestinian women about their situation.
A convenient digest of Dr. Tabory's findings follows. It is divided in keeping with the main headings in her text: demography and vital statistics; employment; working conditions; education, including vocational training; health; and environmental sanitation.
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Tabory, Mala. Perspectives On Palestinian Women: Information for participants in the World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women. American Jewish Committee (AJC). July 1985: