Palestinian Working Women Society

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The Palestinian Working Women Society PWSSD "is a Palestinian women developmental, secular and educational organization that seek to strengthen and empower women to participate in all political, social and economic fields, ensure equality in all legislation, regulations and procedures and involve women in the economic activity, put an end to marginalization, poverty and violence, confront occupation and paternal hegemony and fundamental thought with the aim of eradication of all forms of discrimination". [1]

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"The Palestinian Working Woman Society was founded in 1981 under the name “The Union of Palestinian Working Women Committees.” In 2001, the Society was officially registered by the PNA (Palestinian National Authority), as a non- governmental organization, under the name “The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development”. PWWSD is a non-governmental, independent, feminist organization, wholly integrated into civil society and an indivisible part of the democratic women’s developmental movement, locally, regionally, and internationally. The PWWSD headquarters are based in Ramallah and currently run five offices in Nablus, Bethlehem, Tulkarem, Jenin and Gaza City." [3]


They received NED funding in 1996 "to carry out workshops at four different locations in the West Bank to discuss and explain the Palestinian Women's Legal Charter. Each workshop will be attended by 25-30 women who will be trained as multipliers and will then meet monthly to discuss the results of their community education efforts. PWWS will also initiate a lobbying effort for women's rights, hold public panel discussions in five West Bank cities to raise awareness of women's rights, publish and print 1,000 copies of its quarterly 14-16-page newsletter on women's issues, and print posters and other material in simple language to disseminate the principles of the Legal Charter." [4]



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  1. About, Palestinian Working Women Society, accessed August 22, 2007.
  2. Board Members, Jerusalem Center For Women, accessed August 22, 2007.
  3. Palestinian Working Women Society, Palestinian Working Women Society, accessed August 22, 2007.
  4. Democracy Projects Database, NED, accessed August 22, 2007.