Advancing the Rights of Vulnerable Palestinian Women and Children in East Jerusalem

Within the politically, economically, culturally and socially deteriorating situation of East Jerusalem’s communities, especially women, youth and children, among them specifically girls and children with disabilities, are marginalised. Gender-based violence is widespread and women are especially vulnerable to economic degradation. The vast majority of children live under the Israeli poverty line, grow up in a very unstable environment and suffer from anxiety and stress related to the ongoing tensions and violence. This project aims to provide support for vulnerable women and children in East Jerusalem and raise public awareness for their situation. It attempts to improve their social, psychosocial, economic and cultural opportunities and well-being, with the long-term impact of enhancing the human rights of the Palestinian population.

Partners/ implementing agencies:


  • Support for victims of gender-based violence through counselling offers
  • Capacity building for community-based organisations working with women and children
  • Awareness raising campaigns on the rights of all children
  • Display challenges facing children and women through artistic performance of East Jerusalemite youth

Expected results:

  • Protection mechanisms to women and young girls’ victims of gender-based violence are established
  • Quality of and access to creative psychosocial support services and leisure activities for children and women are improved
  • Sustainable cooperative microenterprises and access to local markets of female micro-entrepreneurs are developed
  • Vulnerable youth’s professional, artistic skills and capacity to express themselves creatively are improved


  • Awareness on the adverse situation of marginalized groups in East Jerusalem and the promotion of their individual and collective rights among community members, civil society leaders and international actors raised.
  • Capacities of CBO’s and NGO’s working with vulnerable groups from East Jerusalem in the promotion and protection of human rights strengthened

For further information on the activities, please visit the website of War Child and Sawa.

This project will be implemented between 2014 and 2017 and is supported by the European Union with 3 M €, awarded under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.