Network of networks / Association

Women' s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling

Member since 19.05.2015

Country

Palestinian Authority

Mission and objectives

The Women' s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) is an independent Palestinian, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that seeks to develop a democratic Palestinian society based on the principles of gender equality and social justice. Established in Jerusalem in 1991, the organization has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. By forging a feminist vision based on equality and social justice, WCLAC plays a prominent role in addressing gender-based violence in Palestinian society in both the public and private spheres. As a leading defender of women' s rights in Palestine, WCLAC is proud of its uncompromising commitment to provide legal aid, social counselling and protection services to women in an environment where human rights abuses are rampant and women' s issues are regularly overlooked.

Main activities related to gender equality and women's rights

WCLAC has a wide variety of activities related to women's rights and dignity. To women with immediate needs, WCLAC provides direct legal- and social assistance through free counselling and court representation. Included to women with immediate needs is also an emergency shelter for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) or women whose lives are in jeopardy. To combat GBV, gender- inequality and discrimination, WCLAC monitors and documents violations of women's rights - both domestic within the Palestinian society or as a result of the Israeli occupation. WCLAC also aims to change the societal attitude on women's rights and gender equality through awareness-raising by empowering local protection committees, partnering with grassroots organisations and establishing local volunteer groups.

Working themes

Types of Violence
Civil and political rights
Economy / Employment

Target group(s)

Victims of violence, Employed women, Youth (under 25)

Specific years of work experience in gender equality

+10

Contact

Address : 23 Wadi' a Shatarah Street, Batn Al-Hawa, 54262 ,Palestinian Authority
Telephone : +972 2 295-6146
Adress email : hiban@wclac.org
Website : http://www.wclac.org/english/index.php