WCLAC's Capacity-building Unit works to build capacity in OPT to provide services to women victims of violence and to counter negative gender-based practices which remain as vestiges of patriarchy.
Capacity-building with state service providers.
WCLAC works closely with key line ministries including the Ministry of Justice (legal reform), the Ministry of Social Affairs (emergency protection for women victims of violence) and, of course, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
Cementing a strong relationship, since 2010, WCLAC has had a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Social Affairs, in line with which, WCLAC is working closely with MOSA to train staff working in MOSA protection shelters and safe homes, drawing on the experience and expertise WCLAC has accrued during years of providing emergency protection to women victims of violence.
Volunteer mobilisation to promote women’s rights across the West Bank.
WCLAC supports teams of volunteers working in 5 locations across the West Bank. Volunteers – a mix of male a female young professionals, typically with law and social work specialisations – organise and lead awareness-raising and advocacy events including information-sharing workshops on women’s rights and gender issues and organising thought-provoking cultural events.
Capacity-building with grassroots partners providing legal and social counselling to underserved and isolated communities.
WCLAC has institutional partnerships with two grassroots partners:
- Women for Life (in Bidya, Salfeet Governorate)
- Al-Najdeh Tulkarem (The Tulkarem Branch of Al-Najdeh Palestinian Women’s Development Society)
The aim of the partnerships is to extend, improve the provision of legal and social services to women in underserved and isolated communities. Partnerships include providing training in administration and financial management using experiential learning and accompaniment in the management of grants. This is in addition to professional support and supervision for lawyers and social workers providing legal and social counselling and, following a similar model to WCLAC’s, promoting women’s rights to men and women through awareness-raising workshops with community leaders and women’s groups.
Working with the grassroots partners has helped to create two new service providers rooted and well-reputed in their communities and able to serve women who are being increasingly isolated. This isolation comes as a result of Israel’s occupation practices including the checkpoints and roadblocks, illegal settlement expansion and its accompanying infrastructure and the obstructive route of the wall, which stifle economic and social opportunities for Palestinians and which reduce women’s security and access to justice through reducing mobility.