The SWG (Society of Women Graduates) carried out a workshop entitled “Gender-Based Violence” at the Women’s Program Center Association - Rafah, in partnership with the African Women Development Fund. The workshop is part of the “Women Have Power 2” project, which aims to increase women’s access to legal and psychosocial support services.
With the participation of about 30 women, the workshop covered many important topics related to violence against women and causes of violence. Ms. Basima Abu Zaher, a legal consultant within the project, spoke about the importance of contributing to raising legal awareness among women and providing protection and legal care for survivors of violence. She also addressed the causes of violence (economic reasons - political reasons - cultural reasons - legal reasons - social and environmental reasons), in addition to Implications for the individual, family and society, and how to address them. Ms. Abu Zaher also clarified the concept of gender-based violence and its different types.
The participants expressed the extent to which they benefited from the topic of the meeting and the discussions that took place during the meeting, recommending the importance of such awareness-raising meetings and their urgent need to activate the role of women’s and human rights institutions and all civil society institutions in order to reduce the phenomenon of gender-based violence.
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.