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First women-run dairy factory opens in Gaza's Rafah

Women who are the sole breadwinners of their families are working in the newly-opened women-only dairy factory in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip.
Ayadi Tayyiba

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — A group of women in the Gaza Strip are producing dairy products from sheep and cows in the enclave’s first factory with an entirely female workforce. The factory in Rafah, called Ayadi Tayyiba (Kind Hands), opened Feb. 22 with the support of the Japanese nongovernmental organization the Pacific Asia Resource Center’s Interpeoples’ Cooperation.

The ongoing Israeli siege has caused high rates of poverty and unemployment in the Gaza Strip, especially among women. A report issued by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics in February showed that the unemployment rate among women in Gaza reached nearly 60%, amounting to 225,000 in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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