About 58 percent of women in the Palestinian territories were exposed to domestic violence in 2021, either physical or psychological.
by Sanaa Kamal
GAZA, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Hiba Mohammed, a middle-aged Palestinian woman in Gaza, has eventually managed to stand on her feet against the domestic violence she has been suffering for years.
A month ago, the 49-year-old registered in a mobile application called Our Space, which was recommended by her friend to seek help and put an end to her suffering.
"I have been suffering since I was 14 when my family forced me to marry a man about 15 years older than me," the mother of four told Xinhua.
For 20 years, the woman recalled, she was subjected to various kinds of domestic violence, either from her husband or his family who treated her as a maid rather than a wife or daughter-in-law.
In 2015, her husband died from cancer. Yet her suffering did not stop there, as her brothers forced her to leave her children to marry a new elderly man in her family home.
"Since returning to my family home, I have been deprived of seeing my sons while my brothers beat me from time to time ... and I became a new maid of my brothers' wives who did not respect me," she whined.
In an attempt to escape from her tragic life, Hiba tried to commit suicide more than once by taking doses of medicinal pills, but all failed and only led to more abuses.
In partnership with 14 women's nongovernmental organizations, the app provides psychological, economic, social, and legal support, as well as shelter for women who suffer from domestic violence.
About 58.2 percent of women in the Palestinian territories were exposed to domestic violence in 2021, either physical or psychological, according to a report issued by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics in March.