In 1994, a round-table discussion was held with leading Palestinian women activists in Lebanon to discuss current pressing development issues confronting the Palestinians in Lebanon, particularly women. Since the beginning of this century,
political issues have been at the center of Palestinian communallife. This is especially true now, as the neglect of social, educational, medical and economic services for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon approaches a crisis point. For Palestinian women, this struggle has become increasingly frustrating and
exhausting. In order to understand what these women have to cope with, one needs to briefly review the history of their situation.