PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
Every Arab woman has the right to realize her full potential, participate fully in the workplace and influence her society. Our efforts are meant to ensure that all 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.
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
Training professionals to combat violence against women
AWC works with community leaders in various neighborhoods with low socioeconomic statuses to coordinate action against domestic abuse and to ensure support for the affected women and girls.
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.
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.
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.
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.