United Nations Special Rapporteur Dubravka Simonovic is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories for the next ten days to promote women’s rights and to investigate issues of violence against women and girls.
“I am confident that my visit will help strengthening the authorities’ capacity to respond to acts of violence against women and girls, and to better protect and promote women’s rights, Simonovic said.
She added that she hoped her visit would help in the battle against gender based violence in both Israeli and Palestinian societies.
During her trip that ends on September 22, she will be speaking with women victims of violence and visiting shelters for victims of domestic violence.
She will be traveling to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beersheba, Haifa, Nazareth, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho and Gaza.
Simonovic is expected to present her findings to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2017.
The UNHRC’s 33rd session is slated to open in Geneva on Tuesday and run through September 30.