Invisible disasters: the effects of Israeli occupation on Palestinian gender roles

Karam Dana, Hannah Walker

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Women's participation in the First Intifada allowed for increased gender equality in Palestine. However, the weakness of the Palestinian Authority, established by the Oslo Accords, created space for non-state actors (dominated by the Islamist political organization Hamas) to emerge and gain popularity. Likewise, during the post-Oslo period conservative positions on gender resurged. This paper re-examines the structural factors that facilitated increased gender inequality and argues that the nature of the occupation itself serves as the greatest force for gender inequality in Palestine. To develop and test our theory, we draw on original, large-n survey data and in-depth interviews.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-504
Number of pages17
JournalContemporary Arab Affairs
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Israeli occupation
  • Palestine
  • colonialism
  • gender inequality
  • social structure

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