Apr 13, 2021

Shedding Light on the Phenomenon of Femicide in Arab Society

Kayan's press conference on its femicide report
Kayan's press conference on its femicide report

Dear Friends,

Thank you again for your support of Kayan Feminist Organization as we continue to work to address the needs of Palestinian women during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As we have mentioned in previous reports, the Covid-19 crisis caused cases of gender-based violence to skyrocket dangerously. Unfortunately, the number of femicides also increased during the crisis; a staggering number of 15 Arab women were murdered last year. Yesterday, we held a press conference in Haifa to present a report we are publishing on the topic, “Femicide: A grim reality and possibilities for resistance.” Almost 100 people attended, including many members of the media; in addition, 35 people participated via Zoom and over 2,000 people were reached through video broadcast over Facebook. This groundbreaking report addresses and analyzes previously unexplored perspectives, including the viewpoints of victims’ family members; attitudes of state authorities such as the police; and Israel’s level of compliance with international treaties on violence against women.

This report is based on an extensive research project we completed last year, the first ever of its kind investigating this phenomenon in Arab society in Israel. We conducted a thorough investigation process into 14 femicide cases, which included field interviews with relatives of the victims and social workers, freedom of information requests to the police, and media analysis. We also performed extensive legal follow-up with the state authorities, especially the police, due to their non-cooperativeness. Through our research, we have seen clearly that femicide is a reflection of societal-level problems that are deeper than individual motives. Our analysis of media, the police, and societal reactions all showed that femicide is not taken seriously enough and that there is an unfortunate tendency to blame the victim instead of recognizing the root of the problem. We have seen that it is important to continue documenting each case of femicide and to engage in advocacy work to demand accountability from society, police, and other institutions such as the media.

We are proud of contributing a report that integrates many previously unaddressed aspects of a heartbreaking phenomenon, which will be an important contribution to the existing body of research on violence against women and help to impact future actions against femicide, and against all gender-based violence. Please follow us on our website or through social media to read the full report when it is published later this week. Thank you for supporting us in this important work and for supporting Palestinian women throughout the crisis. We hope you continue to stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

The Kayan Team

P.S. We are happy to share that our 2020 annual report is now available! Check out the link below!

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Feb 9, 2021

"Don't Leave It in Your Heart" - Continuing to Speak Out Against Gender-Based Violence

Women Participating in the 16 Days Opening Rally
Women Participating in the 16 Days Opening Rally

Dear Friends,

We continue to appreciate your support during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, which has disproportionately affected the lives of Palestinian women, including creating a parallel crisis of violence against women.

At Kayan, we have continued working very hard to address the needs of Palestinian women facing sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV), including through our legal and emotional support hotline. We are proud to report that we successfully launched our annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (November 25th – December 10th 2020). The slogan of our 2020 campaign was, “Don’t leave it in your heart,” a message of empowerment to encourage all women to speak out against violence. In cooperation with a coalition of a dozen other feminist and human rights NGOs, and with the hard work and community organizing of our grassroots network of women activists, we are proud to say that, despite all of the challenges presented by the pandemic, our partners and we were able to safely host almost 40 public events in this year’s campaign.

This year’s 16 Days Campaign included a wide variety of unique and creative activities targeting different types of audiences. Our campaign launched with a series of public rallies that took place at the same time across six different Arab localities. In these rallies, people marched to protest violence against women, while distributing masks with our campaign slogan. The masks symbolized many layers of meaning: first, to encourage public health and safety; second, to serve as a visual metaphor for society's silencing of women; and finally, to inspire women to overcome the silence and use their voices to speak out against violence. We passed out several thousand masks in two weeks!

Other activities included anti-violence-themed art workshops and public art galleries; awareness-raising workshops for youth; lectures by professional researchers on topics such as domestic violence and sexual harassment; and more. We also presented an online media campaign to further raise awareness about the different forms of gender-based violence, which included sharing eight videos of real stories of women who have escaped the cycle of violence. Thousands of people joined us both on the streets and online to raise awareness about the important issue of gender-based violence, which has only gotten worse during the time of Covid-19.

Supporters, like you, helped us accomplish all of this important work, and ensure that we can continue supporting Palestinian women through this ongoing crisis. We hope you are staying well and safe, and thank you for helping Palestinian women to also be safe, empower themselves, and take action to claim their rights.

Sincerely,

The Kayan Team

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Dec 14, 2020

Continuing to Support Palestinian Women in the Covid-19 Crisis

Opening Rally of the 16 Days Campaign
Opening Rally of the 16 Days Campaign

Dear Friends,

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to challenge us all, we continue to appreciate your support during these difficult times, which have disproportionately affected the lives of Palestinian women.

At Kayan, we have continued working very hard to address the needs of Palestinian women in this crisis. Our expanded legal and emotional support hotline continues to provide crucial holistic support during this time of uncertainty and pressure. Calls during the crisis have covered an expanded variety of needs, including economic, personal status, workplace rights, or safety at home issues. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have helped 70% of our consultees to take follow up action of some type.

These past few weeks, we have been busy with our annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (November 25th – December 10th). The slogan of our 2020 campaign was, “Don’t leave it in your heart,” a message of empowerment to encourage all women to speak out against violence. In cooperation with a coalition of a dozen other feminist and human rights NGOs, and with the hard work and organizing of our grassroots network of women activists, we are proud to say that, despite all of the challenges presented by the pandemic, we were able to safely host over two dozen public events in this year’s campaign.

This year’s 16 Days Campaign included a wide variety of unique and creative activities targeting different types of audiences. Our campaign launched with a series of public rallies that took place at the same time across six different Arab localities. In these rallies, people marched to protest violence against women while passing out masks with our campaign slogan to symbolize the fact that we are continuing to fight violence through the Covid-19 pandemic. We passed out several thousand masks in two weeks!

Other activities included anti-violence-themed art workshops and public art galleries; awareness-raising workshops for youth; lectures by professional researchers on topics such as domestic violence and sexual harassment; and more. We also presented an online media campaign to further raise awareness about the different forms of gender-based violence, which included sharing eight videos of real stories of women who have escaped the cycle of violence. Thousands of people joined us both on the streets and online to raise awareness about the important issue of gender-based violence, which has only gotten worse during the time of Covid-19.

Supporters, like you, helped us accomplish all of this important work, and ensure that we can continue supporting Palestinian women through this ongoing crisis. We hope you are staying well and safe, and thank you for helping Palestinian women to also be safe, empower themselves, and take action to claim their rights. 

Sincerely,

The Kayan Team

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