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Showcasing Gazan women's crafts

Female entrepreneurs and workers in Gaza took part in the eleventh "Our women's product" exhibition, showcasing their handiwork.

Sixty-six women's organisations and dozens of independent projects also took part in the exhibition which was organised by the Women's Affairs Centre in Gaza City.

It marked International Women's Day and the upcoming Mother's Day, and was held in support of the women who carry out small income generating projects.

It is the largest exhibition in terms of the number of participants and the most varied.

Thousands of Gaza residents came to the exhibition on its opening day. Food stands, tapestries, crochet, wood crafts and painting on glass, clothes and accessories and silver items, were all on display to showcase the women's creativity.

Participants said they were happy with the turnout as events like these help increase their customer base.

Poverty, the siege and the loss of their husbands are all factors which have led to an increase in the number of women who are forced to provide for their families in Gaza.

In her opening speech, Amal Siyam, director of the Women's Affairs Centre, welcomed the guests and said the fight against poverty and the economic empowerment of women is the way to improve society as a whole.

Images by MEMO photographer Mohammed Asad.

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