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UN: 37 Palestinian mothers killed every day in Gaza

Friday 8-March-2024


An estimated 9,000 women have been reportedly killed by Israeli forces in Gaza to date, UN estimates revealed on Women’s Day.

As the war on Gaza approaches its five-month mark, Gazan women continue to suffer its devastating impact. While this war spares no one, UN Women data shows that it kills and injures women in unprecedented ways.

Every day the war in Gaza continues, and at the current rate, an average of 63 women daily will continue to be killed, the UN data showed.

As the UN warns of a looming famine, an estimated 37 mothers are killed every day, leaving their families devastated and their children with diminished protection.

More than 4 out of 5 women (84 percent) report that their family eats half or less of the food they used to before the war began, with mothers and adult women being those tasked with sourcing food, yet eating last, less, and least than everyone else.

4 in 5 women (84 percent) in Gaza indicate that at least one of their family members had to skip meals during the past week. In 95 percent of those cases, mothers are the ones going without food, skipping at least one meal to feed their children.

Gaza’s entire population of 2.3 million people will be facing acute levels of food insecurity within weeks—the highest ever recorded, as Gaza is on the verge of starvation.

Nearly 9 in 10 women (87 percent) report finding it harder to access food than men. Some women are now resorting to extreme coping mechanisms, such as scavenging for food under rubble or in dumpsters.

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