Palestinians in the southern West Bank have experienced loss of land and livelihoods, displacement, restrictions on movement, lack of basic services, and destruction of infrastructure as a result of the Israeli occupation. Within this context, women’s opportunities and freedoms are further limited as a result of patriarchal social and cultural norms.
The project supported women in the region by facilitating network building between women’s rights, organisations and other coalitions, and by providing training on women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health. Women were also supported with mentoring around employment opportunities, and funding to help them establish new means of making a living.
Many women’s groups were established, and 85 women were trained as community leaders to raise awareness of, and campaign for, their rights. When supported in this way, women will continue to lead positive change within their families and communities.