About  Jerusalem Center for Women

The Jerusalem Center for Women (JCW) is a feminist organization, established in 1994 as a part of a collaborative feminist effort with Bat Shalom known as the Jerusalem Link. The Jerusalem Center for Women aims to reduce hostilities between Palestine and Israel, as well as advocacy for womens rights in both areas.


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

  1. To protect Palestinian women’s rights and status.
  2. To Empower Palestinian women and enhance their participation in community activism and politics.
  3. Strengthening the role of women and youth to become positive change makers.
  4. To promote human rights through advocacy for change and protection.

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What we Do

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


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