UN cancels Marathon because of Hamas’s exclusion of women

An annual Gaza marathon organised by the United Nations has been cancelled after a Hamas decision to ban women from competing alongside men.

 

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa) issued a statement on Tuesday cancelling the race on 10 April and expressing its disappointment at the new and intractable position of the Gaza authorities, which have permitted women to run alongside men for the past two years.

 

Chris Gunness, Unrwa’s spokesman, said: “It is with sadness and regret that we have been forced to make this decision. But our work in Gaza is based on UN values, standards and codes of conduct and we could not go ahead with an event from which women were barred.” ‘


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/05/gaza-marathon-cancelled-hamas-bans-women

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