Violence against Palestinian women is an urgent issue. A study in Kayan's legal department found that 80% of women who came for free legal aid had been subjected to violence, and the number of Arab women murdered in the name of so called "family honor," is rising yearly in Israel. A major factor that perpetuates violence against Arab women is the silence surrounding the issue, as it is a taboo subject. Now there is an urgent need for women to publicly break the silence, and demand their rights.
This project will empower grassroots Palestinian women in Israel to hold a major public campaign to challenge gender-based violence. Women from 17 different villages and mixed cities will work together to hold ongoing public activities that will target women, men, youth, and politicians. These women-led activities will educate the public, and promote a feminist discourse. We will also work through the media to raise further awareness and to put out content that challenges a violent status quo.
Campaign activities attract 1,000s of women, men, youth, and local politicians. These activities give rise to important discussions about gender-based violence, are often the first instance such issues are discussed openly, and allow for a new pro-women's rights discourse to emerge. As all activities are women-led, they challenge traditional gender roles, and promote women's leadership. Finally, this campaign will promote social and political accountability for upholding women's rights.
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