About  Jerusalem Center for Women

A non-governmental organization, founded in 1994 and located in East Jerusalem. The center aims to empower Palestinian women and enhance their capabilities to become an active member of society. The Jerusalem Center for Women seeks to spread the culture of human rights and acceptance of the other, in order to ensure the realization of Jerusalemite women's rights and enhance their role in the social and economic fields. The center's main goals are to raise awareness at the local and international levels of the human rights violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces against all Palestinians, with a special focus on the consequences of this occupation's use of military force and security restrictions, which are a major reason for the lack of security and safety among women. The center’s organizers believe that empowering women and educating them about the necessity of their participation in maintaining a healthy environment in their surroundings through what is available in their hands from the daily consumption of food, whether food or consumer waste, contributes to building a healthy and healthy society. Within the 2019 strategic plan, the Jerusalem Center for Women is working on several development projects in the field of environmental development and recycling, and the bread recycling project is among these projects. The Jerusalem Women's Center is the leading and main outlet for the bread recycling project. The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Golden Wheat Mills Company and the Joint Services Council for Solid Waste Management. The fact that the Jerusalem Center for Women believes in the necessity of networking and strengthening partnerships with local institutions and the private sector in order to better implement pilot projects and achieve greater impact and sustainability in the local community.


Jerusalem Center for Women aims to empower marginalized women in Jerusalem. Our mission is to create a community of Palestinian women who are resilient change makers, through providing them with the needed resources and developing their own potential and that of their families and communities

Mission

We envision an empowered Palestinian society where women are standing strong and united, able to develop their potentials and contribute to a free and egalitarian Palestinian society alongside men.

Vission

  • To protect Palestinian women’s rights and status.
  • To Empower Palestinian women and enhance their participation in      community activism and politics.
  • Strengthening the role of women and youth to become positive change makers.

Goals

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JCW strongly believes in the importance of women’s role in developing communities, therefore we equip women with education, training, and practice to sharpen their skills set and practice critical thinking.JCW assists women to become effective leaders who can bring sustained structural change and influence their families, organizations, and communities.For this purpose, JCW’s Capacity Building and Empowerment Program work to:
* Empower women to participate in the workforce, public forums, and civil society.
* Increase women’s skills and confidence in order to prepare them to become agents of change, active participants in the peace and negotiations processes, and powerful advocates for their community and against the Israeli occupation.
* Train a new generation of young leaders dedicated to advancing women’s rights and creating a culture of human rights and democracy in Palestine



Over the course of the past year, the Occupied Palestinian Territory saw a dramatic rise in substance abuse as a result of trauma and violence relating to the current occupation of its territories by Israel. The overall goal of the project is to prevent risky behaviors and substance abuse among Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem. The project will be launched by JCW in tandem and aims to implement a three-year program on prevention of drug abuse in the Government of East Jerusalem with a special focus on prevention of women and youth. This program will be ongoing for three years, starting January 2019.
3 years’ Budget: $210,420

The Advocacy and Human Rights Program aims to monitor the implementation of international law standards in a local context, and educate women of East Jerusalem and the West Bank about their rights in order to change policies that undermine human rights and work towards rights-based alternatives.
On that account, JCW has established a human rights and democracy education project that works in tandem with our Legal Aid and Counseling Unit, to raise women’s awareness to their rights, educate women about International Law, and provide women with legal aid and counseling on a wide range of issues, including preparing marriage contracts, property and inheritance rights, home demolition and eviction, domestic abuse, divorce, and custodial law. In the same context, JCW works to defend human rights, and prevent Human Rights violations by raising national, regional, and international awareness to violations of Palestinian women’s rights by using varied advocacy techniques, including the use of new media, social networking, lobbying, researching, documenting, and disseminating information to key outlets and decision makers.

In a time of heightened violence and insecurity for all Palestinians, JCW believes that women are key agents to achieve peace, social cohesion, and political legitimacy. Therefore, promoting women’s role in peace-building and conflict resolution was a founding concept of JCW. Even when the peace process was stagnant, JCW continued to provide advanced training on conflict management and negotiation to equip women with innovative approaches to peacemaking, such as non-violence communication skills, change management, and inclusive dialogue techniques in order to secure effective participation of women at all levels of conflict resolution ,and to achieve gender-responsive outcomes.
JCW works in partnership with civil society organizations, social activities, and private sector, among others, to increase women’s participation in peace-building through providing expertise to support gender mainstreaming across decision making bodies; and supporting the development of local networks of women leaders and women activists. In addition, JCW serves as a platform where women’s experiences, challenges, contributions and efforts to promote peace can be highlighted.
On that account, JCW has established a human rights and democracy education project that works in tandem with our Legal Aid and Counseling Unit, to raise women’s awareness to their rights, educate women about International Law, and provide women with legal aid and counseling on a wide range of issues, including preparing marriage contracts, property and inheritance rights, home demolition and eviction, domestic abuse, divorce, and custodial law. In the same context, JCW works to defend human rights, and prevent Human Rights violations by raising national, regional, and international awareness to violations of Palestinian women’s rights by using varied advocacy techniques, including the use of new media, social networking, lobbying, researching, documenting, and disseminating information to key outlets and decision makers


According to the report of the United Nations Organisation for food and agriculture (FAO), nearly 3.1 billion tons of food is wasted each year and negatively affecting the economy, the environment and the biodiversity. It is estimated that the food wastage in Palestine is about 300 billion US $. The Jerusalem center for women launched (khobzeh) Project in cooperation with the Golden Wheat Mills and Joint Services Center (J.S.C) for solid waste Management. This project aims to empower women and to involve them in the process of positive change. This can be achieved through reducing the phenomenon of wasting bread in Palestine and raising awareness about the importance of recycling, starting from the bread material and turning it into a healthy, non-hybrid food for livestock and sheep, as it contains a high nutritional value.




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