After school program: Weekly Activities

SVF continues After School Program activities for this week in cooperation with the Woman Activity Center – Khanyounis attended by 60 students their age between (12 – 15) years.
The program conducted several workshops daily as follows:

1. Democracy, Good Governance and Rule of Law Corner: several workshops were conducted daily, several activities were applied such as ” rub your mind “, ” child rights and duties “, ” the moral and the law “, ” happened in my life “, ” identified convention concepts: theater sketch, through asking some questions related to law aiming to enhance student awareness of his rights and duties.

2. Parents and sons Dialogue Corner: Several workshops were conducted aimed to reach an understanding and dialogue conditions between parents and sons to enhance the friendly relationship and cooperation inside the family.

3. Educational Support Corner: the children were supported and aided through provided the children with educational support stressed on the difficult subjects and the problems facing them, aimed to improve the student learning and to simplify difficult course in the Palestinian curricula including English, Math and Science subjects.

4. Recreational Corner: the children were activated through practicing entertaining activities such as the hunter man, the teacher said and drawing, aimed to enhance the social relationship among children, the friendship, and the cooperation and promote the free of expression.

· Empowerment Women Political and Socio-economic Participation Program


“Promote women’s steering capacities and democratic civil participation project” Stop Killing women Campaign”

1. SVF held a public meeting in cooperation with “Al.HAyat for Familial progress Association – Khanyounis “on “The Islam and the law view on women killing on social background” on February 18, 2008.

Mr. Mohammad El.Salmy said that due to recent media attention, the problem of “women killings” has come under increasing global scrutiny. In various countries throughout the world, particularly in the Palestinian community, women who bring dishonor to their families because of sexual indiscretions are forced to pay a terrible price at the hands of male family members. Clearly, the prevailing view that devalues and belittles women is derived from socio-cultural factors that are justified by a distorted and erroneous interpretation of religion, especially of Islam.

Unfortunately, the legal safeguards to protect women and men from indiscriminate and unlawful enforcement of presumed Islamic injunctions have been forgotten. Indeed, the legal system and law enforcement agencies including police officers have been implicated in the perpetuation of the problem by their willful lenience towards men who have carried out an assault in the name of “honor” and by their abuse and denigration of women who stand accused.

Mr. El.Salmy called the Muslims to reject this distortion of Islam that is used to violate the most basic Islamic rights of human decency, integrity and justice.

He said that to confront the problem of “women killing on social backgrounds” and other crimes that disproportionately affect women requires a change in attitude that pervades all levels of society where such attacks occur, Muslims leaders can taking an unequivocal stand against behavior that is in direct violation of Islam. In addition, legal reform must occur with the intention to protect the victims and punish the perpetrators, all totally possible within a legitimate Islamic legal framework. Concomitant attention must be paid to meeting basic human needs and solving problems stemming from poverty and illiteracy that are often at the root of disturbing social trends that seek out the most disenfranchised to serve as scapegoats.

2. SVF held a public meeting in cooperation with “Al.Adham Charitable Association – Beit Hanoun “on “The judiciary authority’s role to stop violence against woman” on February 18, 2008, attended by 51 participants of women and graduates.

Mrs. Wafa’ Al.Ashqar, (the lawyer from the Alquods Center – Beit Hanoun provided a definitions for domestic violence, physical domestic violence, psychological family abuse and sexual domestic violence, and the reasons lead to violence dissemination against women included the security tumble, the absence of law and the cultural factors contributes to increasing violence in all its forms. She pointed to the absence of the judiciary role at defending woman rights and issues.

She referred to the problem of violence against woman as one of the urgent issues in the world; special concern is raised by the constant increase in cases of violence against women. The general perception of violence is that it is a private issue. There is a lack of social and legal mechanisms of protection for victims of violence.

Mr. Al.Ashqar called the responsibilities to take serve actions toward providing equal rights and opportunities for persons of both sexes in social, political, economic, cultural, and other aspects of human life and to protect women against discrimination on the basis of sex.

She focused on the need of intensify authority efforts to combat violence against woman, the need to address root causes, protection of victims,, the need to increase the related capacity of police and the judiciary, and the need to raise public awareness.

She recommended that awareness-raising campaigns targeted at women be undertaken to enhance women’s awareness of their rights and to ensure that women can avail themselves of procedures and remedies for violations of their rights.

3. SVF held a public meeting in cooperation with “Sharek Association – Al.Maghzi – Middle Governorate” on “After Women killing…the causes and the consequences” on February 19, 2008, attended by several of women and graduates.

Mrs. Sana’ Tabasha said that violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace. Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms. He pointed to the long-standing failure to protect and promote those rights and freedom in the case of violence against women is a matter of concern to all States and should be addressed. The term “violence against women” means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.

Mrs. Bassma Abu Is’aid referred to Violence against women which derives essentially from cultural patterns, in particular the harmful effects of certain traditional or customary practices and all acts of extremism linked to race, sex, language or religion that perpetuate the lower status accorded to women in the family, the workplace, the community and society. Violence against women is exacerbated by social pressures, notably the shame of denouncing certain acts that have been perpetrated against women; women’s lack of access to legal information, aid or protection; the lack of laws that effectively prohibit violence against women; failure to reform existing laws; inadequate efforts on the part of public authorities to promote awareness of and enforce existing laws; and the absence of educational and other means to address the causes and consequences of violence.

At the end, the participants demanded the Government, including community organizations, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, the public and private sectors to:

– Enact penal, civil, sanctions in domestic legislation to punish and redress the wrongs done to women and girls who are subjected to any form of violence, whether in the home, the workplace, the community or society.

– Work actively to ratify and/or implement international human rights norms and instruments as they relate to violence against women.

– Ensure that women with disabilities have access to information and services in the field of violence against women.

– Support initiatives of women’s organizations and non-governmental organizations all over the world to raise awareness on the issue of violence against women and to contribute to its elimination.

– Develop programs and procedures to educate and raise awareness of acts of violence against women that constitute a crime and a violation of the human rights of women.