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General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW)

GENERAL UNION OF PALESTINIAN WOMEN (GUPW)

Organization created in 1965 within the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). It is the umbrella group for Palestinian women's organizations in Palestine and abroad, including refugees. It is headquartered in Ramallah. Like the other Palestinian General Unions, it is represented on the PLO's governing body, the Palestine National Council, and its main focus is the Palestinian national struggle. The GUPW organizes women toward this end, and also toward the goal of raising the Palestinian women' status; it maintains relations with women's organizations in other countries and has established homes for orphans as well as vocational training centers, nurseries, and kindergartens in refugee camps. It has also organized literacy campaigns and training programs in such subjects as first aid and civil defense

SEE ALSO Palestine Liberation Organization; Palestine National Council.

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