WCLAC and Jericho Women’s Charitable Society (JWCS) held an event on the 25th of March to celebrate the International Women’s Day, where a survey about the level and type of gender-based violence (GBV) against women in the governorate of Jericho and the Jordan Valley was launched. The survey, that was funded by Drosos and done by Mr. Ziyad Othman in collaboration with WCLAC, questioned what types of violence women in the governorate suffer from and which services are available for them. The survey had four major findings; the first was the wrongly implementation of economic empowerment of women and concluded that there must be a larger focus on the individual next to a specific guideline on how to economically empower women. Secondly, the survey found that women are economically forced to work in Israeli settlements, and face unfair payments due to lack of Worker’s Rights that does not apply to Palestinians who work in settlements. The third finding the survey shed light on was the GBV within the socially clan-nomadic system in many places of the governorate. Women’s behaviour is strictly controlled, which often leads to wives being portrayed as a 'production tool’, denial of women’s right to inheritance and marrying of minor girls. Lastly, the survey expressed the lack of collaboration between media and the Women’s Institutions, which makes it difficult to change the status quo within the society.
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.