Jerusalem Center for Women


About Us

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.

Board of Director

Fadwah Khawjah

Head of Board

As a social and political activist with over 30 years of experience in the Palestinian development sector, Fadwa has contributed development of several women and social associations and attended several national and international conferences related to this sector. Read More

Samia Elwazer

Board Memeber

Mrs. Samia Elwazer MBA in Public Governance - Thesis about ” the Role of Palestinian women in enhancing the civil society” Worked at Bank of Palestine, Palestine Olympic Committee, Public Relations, Event planner Member in several organizations Read More

Nivine Sandouka

Board Memeber

is an activist aspiring to achieve social justice, peace and gender equity. She is an expert in the field of program development, management, peace building and gender issues. Currently, she works with the German Association for Development Cooperation – AGIAMONDO Read More

Amaal Abu Ghoush

Board Memeber

An architect and urban planner from East Jerusalem; she received her bachelor’s in architecture and master’s in urban planning from Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine. Amaal is currently teaches the architectural department at Al Quds University Read More

Rawan Dajani

Board Memeber

Excellent communication, interpersonal, strategic planning, financial analysis, organizational and leadership skills. Resourceful in resolving emerging problems Read More

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