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Young women exercise in gym, part of the women's associations with strong religious connections becoming increasingly predominant across Gaza. With a crippled economy and government under siege--the women's associations are offering relief to the community where others cannot--including daycare, orphan assistance, teaching of crafts, beauty salons, and spaces to exercise.<br />
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Though it is a religious organization, believing in segregation between unmarried men and women, they acknowledge the limited space for women to explore and be healthy.<br />
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Fully dressed in traditional "jilbab" as they work out, the women say they are covering at gym, as they have no privacy in the pubic sphere due to limited economic options. They cannot afford private gyms and are tired of being cramped in the home.