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Combating Violence against Women

Particularly in post-conflict regions, gender-based violence is a major problem. All partner-organizations of AMICA report an increasing number of clients who complain of abuse in the family and in their social environment. Three organizations in three regions set up a network during the next three years to effectively combat domestic violence in post-war areas.

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Activity in the Women's Center

Why We Get Involved - Hopelessness and Violence

Each day, the social workers treat clients who suffer from domestic violence. Not only women and girls, but also small children are affected. Perpetrators blame the difficult living conditions or their own traumatic experiences. Social tension in the narrow, crowded camps high. Most women do not have anyone they can turn to in times of crisis and distress. The victims of domestic violence remain silent and isolated.

What We Do - Breaking the Silence

For many years, the partner-organization of AMICA has provided seminars, workshops and support groups on topics such as "Mental Health", "Domestic Violence" and "Women's Rights". The local team is now part of the international project "Combatting Violence against Women".

The social workers visit women at home and encourage them to seek professional help. They take care of patients with psychosomatic disorders, sleep disorders and depression, offer individual counseling and manage support groups. On a regular basis, they pay visits to villages on the outskirts of Bethlehem where women also need help.

Networking and cooperation with police, judiciary and authorities as well as with religious leaders is essential to help women in crisis situations. Domestic violence must socially be discouraged. Therefore, the team organizes workshops and film movie screenings for pupils and students.

What We Achieve - Women are Getting Stronger

The project improves the psychological, medical and legal situation of women in the Palestinian territories. We are strengthening their position in society. Moreover, we create a network of professional organizations in the region and and combat violence against women.


The project has ended. It was financed by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and by donations to AMICA.

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