In September 2014, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung-Ramallah & Jordan (hbs) Office has launched the EU-funded project “Advancing the Rights of Vulnerable Palestinian Women and Children in East Jerusalem” together with the five partners Right to Play (RTP), War Child Holland (WCH), Sawa, The Arab Center for Agriculture Development (ACAD) and ArtLab. The project was envisaged because of the human rights violations Palestinian residents in East Jerusalem still face and their marginalization when it comes to social inclusion, employment and access to healthcare and education.
It focuses on two particularly disenfranchised groups, children and women, especially members from minorities such as the African and Domari communities in East Jerusalem. As the leading partner, hbs oversees the implementation and supports the other project partners through management and capacity building measures.
The project activities include a wide array of activities, including youth trainings on visual arts, support for female entrepreneurs and micro-businesses, workshops to raise awareness for violence against women, psychological relief work with children, and the promotion of child safety policies. The project runs until 2017 and is also designed to strengthen the target groups’ capacities to defend their own human and political rights.
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