Jerusalem Center for Women

Aforementioned project

The Jerusalem Center For Women implemented the aforementioned project in the period between 1/05/2020 – 30/06/2020, with funding from the government of New Zealand in Egypt.

Project description
It was supposed to implement various activities to raise awareness and accountability in Bedouin communities that suffer greatly from the lack of services and essentials for a decent life, which affected them negatively and denied their access to resources. However, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the activities were converted to be awareness sessions for women. The activities were carried out in marginalized communities, in order to discuss various health topics and explain how to take preventive and safety measures. Humanitarian assistance was also provided to them, for example, medical, sterilization, and disinfection equipment were provided. Awareness sessions and medical kits were provided to breast cancer survivors.
Where the activity took place
Project activities targeted marginalized Bedouin communities in East Jerusalem, "Khan Al-Ahmar Al-Kasarat gathering, Abu Ghalia community" and in Hebron Governorate, Susiya Bedouin community and Al-Butm people, given that these gatherings witnessed and recorded the highest rate of violence against women based on the statistics of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
The objectives of the activity (i.e. the need, problem, opportunity addressed, and who the beneficiaries were).
The aim of awareness meetings in general was to raise awareness of women in Bedouin communities that suffer from violence and are constantly exposed to it, as well as shedding light on gender-sensitive services. Afterwards the need arose to shed light on the health conditions that the State of Palestine is going through in general. Therefore, training and awareness sessions were given on how to maintain good health, prevention and self-protection from covid-19 pandemic.
The target group was mainly women, but sometimes men also participated in the meetings. Women’s awareness has been raised on many issues, thus we have achieved the goal of protecting and providing them with adequate health care.
The measurable outcomes/results of the project and how they will be sustained now that the activity has ceased.

  • Medical kits were delivered to the beneficiaries of the project
  • Beneficiaries were provided with training on various topics such as gender concepts, mechanisms of dialogue and communication
  • Providing care packages to 23 beneficiaries of breast cancer survivors
  • Providing first aid courses and health education courses to 100 beneficiaries
  • Distribution of milk and supplies for the targeted mothers’ children.

What lessons were learnt from the activity?
  • We should have sent a notification to decision makers in the Palestinian governmental institutions in order not to make unfulfilled promises to women, as that contributes to losing the credibility of our Center.
  • the beneficiaries need more sessions, more effort for everyone separately
  • The beneficiaries need more financial support
  • more time was needed, one month was not enough to conduct the plan and then measure and asses it
  • in the future we would include adaptability to epidemics in risk assessments as covid-19 hit Palestine hard and resulted in restriction of movement.

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