Women’s Studies Centre and Palestine Federation of Women’s Action Committees
The Women’s Studies Centre is a human rights organization that actively promotes gender equality and women’s rights in Palestinian society. Its work promotes social change, equality and justice in the midst of strong social and political oppression. Since its establishment in 1989, the WSC has been promoting gender sensitive laws and policies on a national level, and engaging in program implementation on a community-level, to transform prevailing social attitudes on the status and rights of women and the female child. The WSC is steadily making progress on its goals of social change, equality and justice despite strong social and political barriers in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Advancing the status of Palestinian women in a patriarchal society requires social change and empowerment through persistent and effective strategies of awareness raising, empowerment, lobbying and advocacy. Over the years, the WSC has focused its efforts in different areas that aim at advancing women’s rights and gender equality within the Palestinian community.
PCPD: Palestine Centre for Peace and Democracy,
PCPD was established in 1992 by a group of progressive politicians, academics, journalists and civil society activists within the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.
The establishment of PCPD came as a response to the changes following the Madrid Conference in late 1991 where a political solution through the negotiations between the PLO and the Israeli government seemed to be on the horizon.
Thus we at PCPD work toward a modern, democratic state that respects human rights and the rule of law, granting full equality to its citizens regardless of color, sex, or political affiliation. Thus all democratic and human rights principles stipulated in the Palestinian Declaration of Independence (PDI) of 1988 shall be implemented on the ground. It is for this reason that we actively support actions and laws that guarantee social justice and protection for the poor and marginalized. These are the target groups with whom we work, who we feel are the power for change in Palestine.