Programs for all women in need
Our mission is to help every Arab woman realize her full potential, increase participation in the work place and in society. Help women have a say in everything from what happens to their bodies to what happens to their daughters.
Women’s Rights Center: Since 2016, this walk-in center has helped hundreds of women – including single mothers, women with no legal status, and Jewish immigrant women – to receive help accessing the rights they are eligible for and entitled to, including social security, public housing, municipality services, education, legal counseling, and more. This center recently added a hotline to serve women in Lod, Ramla and Jaffa.
Girls for Girls: One of our most successful and vital programs; young women volunteers ages 18 and above receive training to mentor girls between the ages of 11-14. The young women learn to provide emotional support for the girls as they reach adolescence, a confusing and tough time for all girls, but one that can be especially difficult for girls who must deal with wildly conflicting expectations and relationships with their bodies, their families and communities, and their futures. The volunteers are also trained to identify situations of potential or actual domestic abuse at an early stage.
Women’s Advocacy and Parliamentary Lobby: AWC monitors legislation and discussions in the Knesset in the areas of education, welfare, labor, and housing. The lobby has, in the past, exerted influence so that the needs of Arab women in Israel are addressed, and it has specifically brought the issue of femicide up for discussion in Knesset committees.
Community Leaders Against Domestic Abuse: AWC works with community leaders in various neighborhoods with low socio-economic statuses to coordinate action against domestic abuse and to ensure support for the affected women and girls.
Training professionals to combat violence against women: AWC provides training to professionals outside the Arab community who work with Arab women. These professionals include social workers, police officers, and health providers who must learn to bridge the cultural gap that often renders such assistance ineffective in meeting the needs of Arab women.
Gender Education: This education initiative aims to raise awareness among both boys and girls on the topics of sexuality, relations between males and females, and gender relations within the community and cultural frameworks. We have developed a program specifically for high-school boys that aims to promote gender equality and eliminate domestic violence in the next generation.
Support group for victims’ families: AWC runs a support group for families of murdered women. Since it is often a family member such as a brother or father who commits the murder, and the perpetrator is often freed, the psychological, legal, and financial aftermath of these crimes can be atrocious.
“Together” for Learning and Mutual Support: AWC establishes women’s groups and workshops on women’s issues, such as health, education, financial independence, emotional support, and family relations. Many of these are led by women who have undergone life changes through their membership in AWC and have been inspired to help others.
Threads of Change: This program markets traditional handiwork produced by women from central Israel and Palestinian women from the West Bank, thus promoting their economic empowerment and strengthening the ties between the women in these geographically separate groups.