Within the 16-day Campaign for Combating Violence against Women:
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution conducts a Round Table entitled “The Dilemmas of Applying 19/2009 Resolution about the Divorced retention of Child Custody after Legal Age as the resolution related to widow”
November 28th, 2016
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution conducted yesterday a round table entitled “The Dilemmas of Applying 19/2009 Resolution about the Divorced woman retention for Child Custody after Legal Age as the Resolution Related to Widow” within the activities of ‘Steps towards Change’ project implemented by the Center in partnership with the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) with the participation of Dr. Omar Nofal, Head of Shari’a Court of Appeal, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, the project coordinator, Mrs. Samar Hamad, Advocacy Specialist, Community based Organizations, Community Activists, Lawyers and a number of the Center lawyers. This took place at Al Salam Abu Hasira restaurant in Gaza.
Mr. Ahmad Hasouna, a lawyer in the Center, started the meeting by welcoming Dr. Omar Nofal and the guests, and showed the importance of this meeting since there are a lot of divorced women suffering of being deprived from extending the custody age or asking for their children’s custody after getting rid of the custody deprivation reasons when the divorce happens. Moreover, the 19/2009 resolution gave the widows only the right of extending custody age. Therefore, this meeting aimed to equalize between the divorced and widow women regarding the custody age extension as there is a large number of divorced women suffering from this humanitarian and legal issue.
On his turn, Dr. Omar Nofal highlighted that there are many resolutions issued by the Legitimate Supreme Judicial Council especially during the previous years when a quantum leap happened in many issues related to women and children. He added that this issue is debatable between specialists and the Human Rights associations have to raise the voice and recommendations to the professional authorities seeking for a better change. Finally, he focused on the balance between men and women interests including the society interest which should be taken into consideration by the associations that conduct such activities.
Finally, the meeting ended with some recommendations including equality between divorced women and widows in asking for the right of child custody, heading to the reform committees before heading to the courts regarding child custody and focusing on the child interest as we take into consideration the woman ability to fulfill her children’s needs financially and her family acceptance for having them when she gets the right of child custody.