UN Women, with support of the Government of Japan, recently opened the first international seminar on “Gender-Based Violence in the humanitarian context of the Gaza Strip”. For the first time in Gaza, more than 250 national and international representatives from civil society, humanitarian, development organisations and donors are convening for 2 days to discuss prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV) in the Gaza Strip. In the presence of Dr. Haifa Al Agha, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Dubravka Šimonovic, Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, and Mr. Hiroyuki Kajita, First Secretary/ Head of Economic Cooperation – Representative Office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, the seminar opened with a strong reminder of the responsibility of all actors towards protecting the life and rights of Palestinian women and girls and the need to speed-up progress. “The Seminar comes at a right time” said Dr. Haifa Al Agha in its…