End Violence Against Palestinian Women in Israel

by Kayan - Feminist Organization


Hello from Kayan! We are reaching out for your support for our 3rd annual 16 days of activism to end violence against women campaign, which is part of a global initiative that aims to end all forms of violence (e.g. sexual, physical, emotional, economic, and political violence) against women through social activism, including public activities and media work. We will hold the society accountable, and put out a new pro-women's rights discourse to ensure the security of Palestinian women.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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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Organization Information

Kayan - Feminist Organization

Location: Haifa - Israel
Website: http:/​/​www.kayan.org.il
Project Leader:
Zoe Katzen
Haifa, Israel

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