The Jerusalem Center for Women is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1994 and located in East Jerusalem. The center aims to empower Palestinian women, as well as to enhance their capabilities for them to become active members and resilient agents of change within their own community. The JCW wishes to do so by spreading the culture of human rights, gender equality and acceptance of the other, this to ensure the full realization of Jerusalemite women's rights and enhance their participation and visibility in all aspects of the Palestinian society. The JCW also works on raising awareness at the local and international levels of the human rights violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces against all Palestinians. It aims to highlight the consequences of the occupation's use of military force and security restrictions, main reasons for the lack of security and safety in Palestine, from which women are the first victims. Nevertheless, at the JCW we also believe in the importance of women’s involvement in realizing a regional peace based on justice, and through the establishment of local and international networks as such, the JCW stresses the necessity of networking and strengthening partnerships with local, regional and international (private or public) institutions, in order to better implement pilot projects and achieve long-term sustainability in Palestine.
The 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, by providing them with the needed resources to develop their own potential, and that of their families and communities as well.
We envision an empowered Palestinian society where women are standing strong and united side alongside men, able to develop their potentials and contribute to a free and egalitarian Palestinian society.
To protect Palestinian women’s rights and status.
To empower Palestinian women and enhance their participation in community activism and politics.
To strengthen the role of women and youth to become positive change makers.