[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1425208659796{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column][well anim=”flipInX”][tblock title=”Woman Support and Empowerment Program”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][tblock anim=”wobble” title=”Introduction “][vc_column_text]Palestinian society continues to suffer from profound abuse by the Israeli military occupation accompanied with unprecedented& catastrophic on-going internal split results in two parallel structures in West Bank& Gaza Strip. Within such circumstances and fragmentation, justice remains in lack of responsible, comprehensive, and contextually sensitive socio-legal formal and informal systems of intervention where Palestinian women and girls are still the most disadvantaged group in an unequal social justice system. The failure to defend women and girls, and wider society, from broken political and socio-legal systems not only violates their right to access justice but also entrenches a gender-discriminatory structure and mores  enabling the  abuse and traumatization  to continue for present and future generations of women. Until this systematic phenomenon is acknowledged, confronted, and transformed, Palestinian women and girls in oPt will continue to find their access to justice denied, and the repercussions to Palestinian society generally will be felt for generations to come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/well][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1425208659796{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column][well anim=”flipInX”][accordiongroup][accordion title=”About the program”]The program works for promoting the values ​​and practices of gender equity, supporting women development to actively participate in decision making process enjoying their rights, improving their capacities towards required knowledge and skills. Furthermore, providing women in need with professional support services on the psychosocial and legal levels. All of such accompanied with advocacy efforts to develop and amend legislations, laws, polices and executive procedures that assure women’s rights and protection.[/accordion][accordion title=”PCDCR experience in women field”]Since its establishment in 1998 and till 2015, PCDCR has been implementing more than 34 projects with budget approximately $3,260,410 in the field of women, HRs, gender based violence and equality, women rights and empowerment with generous partnership of NPA, NRC, UNRWA, UN-WOMEN, EU, UNDP, Welfare association, and other donors.

At the beginning of the work, PCDCR dealt with women as one of the target groups and beneficiaries of the services, then in 2006 it dealt with women as part of its strategic plan with specific objectives and results for them, and since 2012 it has as a specific program for Women Support& Empowerment.

 

PCDCR targets women through social empowerment, economic empowerment, political empowerment, information bank and advocacy efforts relies on: its Strategic Plan, National Strategic Plan for Combating Violence against Women, International laws and convections related to women rights such as CEDAW and 1325 resolution,….  

Social & Legal Empowerment:  

PCDCR significantly contributed to combat violence against women in WB& GS through: 

 

Improving wellbeing of women victims of  different forms of violence (physical, psychological, social, verbal and sexual) through professional support services: legal aid, psychosocial support & family forum.

  • Legal aid provided to 40-50 women victims of violence monthly including consultations, mediation, arbitration ,raising lawsuits, representing women before courts and follow up the judicial procedures to enable women to get their legal and legitimate rights
  • Psychosocial support services provided to almost 45-50 women victims of violence monthly including individual& consultations, group therapy and recreational activities and open days.
  • Family forum service provided to 5-10 separated couples and divorcees monthly enabling them to see their children in a safe and comfortable environment.
  • Female Prisoners: 120 legal interventions, 40 lawsuits, 140 women got social support & group therapy

 

Increasing public awareness regarding all forms of violence against women and their rights as outlined within International conventions

  • almost 50,000 men and women were reached in GS & WB.

 

Improving skills and experiences of professionals working on women’s issues  through advanced training courses

  • almost 550 professionals (women leaders, activists, university fresh graduates, social figures, police officers, youth groups, law graduates) got training courses about violence concepts, types and mechanisms of protection, gender, women rights, advocacy, alternative conflict resolution, legal protection mechanisms, penal procedures and personal status laws

 

Holding capacity building programs institutionalizing traditional interventions of Mukhtars, Imams and reconciliation committees towards adopting modern trends in handling women issues that guarantee safe re-integration of victims of violence to their social  environment

  • Build the capacity of male& female Mukhtars team(as a part of customary justice ) qualifying them on mediation services and HRs especially women legal rights.
  • Exclusive experience in gender mainstreaming in civil work, first time women are Mukhtars practicing social reconciliation compromises, intervening in solving domestic conflicts.

[/accordion][/accordiongroup][/well][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1425208659796{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][well][tblock title=”Economic Empowerment”][accordiongroup][accordion title=”Small source of income”]E1Lunching pilot economic projects supporting 6 women victims of different forms of violence in GS and WB providing them with a small source of income (Sewing Machines).[/accordion][accordion title=”Minimum Wage Law”]e2Influence decision makers at ministries of PNA in WB towards adopting minimum wage law to defend the rights of working women in some careers (textile and sewing industry, general services(secretarial), agriculture business, kindergartens business.)[/accordion][accordion title=”Young Women Leaders”]e3Training courses for young women and fresh university graduates in English, IT, & life skills and empolying them. [/accordion][/accordiongroup][/well][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][well][tblock title=”Political Empowerment”][accordiongroup][accordion title=”1″]p1Involvment of women to work for social peace through establishing a team of women leaders who implemented several activities and initiatives to exert pressure on political parties to achieve national and social reconciliation[/accordion][accordion title=”2″]p2Empowerement of women capacity to increase their participation in legislation and political process.[/accordion][accordion title=”3″]p3Increase women awareness about elections and legislative process[/accordion][/accordiongroup][/well][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1425147680220{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column][well anim=”rollIn” class=”client-section”][tblock title=”Information Bank/ Access to information”][vc_column_text]PCDCR is considered a reference organization in regard to information on violence against women where it developed database and statistics, carried out many public opinion polls, researches, studies and manuals about women issues.[/vc_column_text][tabgroup][tab title=” Data base” icon=”fa-database”]Development of credible and regularly updated database and statistics regarding thousands of women provided with psychosocial and legal support services as victims of violence[/tab][tab title=”Researches, studies and public opinion polls ” icon=”fa-search”]

  • Public opinion poll “measuring women knowledge and satisfaction about the services/assistance provided to women by NGOs in Hebron”
  • 3 researches (The compatibility of the Palestinian legislations with the international standards and resolutions regarding protection of women from violence; The relation between economical and educational level, residency place, marital status of women and the level of violence against women; Sexual harassment within the family, reasons, effects and solutions).
  • 21 Cases studies in GS and WB about women cases
  • Tens of thousands of Publications and training manuals: brochures, posters, booklets, calendars, newsletters

[/tab][/tabgroup][/well][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1425147680220{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column][well anim=”rollIn” class=”client-section”][tblock title=”Advocacy Efforts”][vc_column_text]PCDCR actively contributes in GS& WB to the development and amendment of legislations, laws& regulations and policies related to women’s rights through lunching many campaigns using different advocacy tools such as media, roundtables, local and national based conferences, networks.

Networks and Alliances: PCDCR is an active member in the following networks and alliances:

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