The Palestinian Council of Ministers issued Decision No. 18 of 2013 on the national referral system (NRS) for women victims of violence and published it in the Palestinian Official Gazette on 5 January 2014. The System became effective and binding for all relevant institutions as of that date. As the NRS is still in its initial stages (about two and a half years), an assessment is needed to evaluate the experience to date and to learn lessons about the achievements, opportunities, challenges, and risks surrounding its implementation. For that purpose, the Enhanced Palestinian Justice Program (EPJP), and in cooperation with Women Media and Development (TAM), conducted this study of the NRS to ensure more effective implementation of the System and relevant initiatives aimed at combating gender-based violence (GBV). This study presents a holistic assessment of the NRS in the West Bank that will assist implementation and provide information necessary to combat violence against women, including protection for women, preventive measures, and the prosecution of perpetrators of crimes.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.