Working to strengthen the status of marginalized women and combat gender-based violence in central cities of Israel
Na’am-AWC is completely independent, and relies on the support of volunteers, donors and non-governmental foundations. With a grass-roots, local, feminist approach, Na’am has built ties to the communities and to those fighting for equal rights across the region. For example, a women’s rights center and hot line was recently established in collaboration with the Israel Women’s Network.
We recognize the fact that women’s issues are complex — they begin with families and extend to the law-makers as well as its enforcers. Women who want to define, for themselves, what it means to be a Palestinian woman living in a mixed-Jewish-Arab city in Israel often face resistance at home, prejudice in society and discrimination in the workplace or in obtaining municipal services. Na’am, therefore has set up an ambitious set of programs to address all of these issues. From gender education and extending help to individual women, to creating a crafts cooperative that helps women obtain financial independence, to lobbying in the Knesset.
Founded in 2009 by Samah Salaime, a social worker who has become an award-winning, outspoken spokeswomen Palestinian women’s rights, for the past decade, Na’am has been the source of help and hope to hundreds of women, teens and girls.