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Kayan

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Country/TerritoryIsrael
Website http://www.kayan.org.il/en/
Founded1988
In their own words“Kayan was founded by Arab feminist women with the goal of advancing the status of Arab women in Israel and protecting their rights [and] issues that tackle the tension between nationality and gender…as it relates specifically to Arab-Israeli women.”  Kayan “works to bring about social, legal and economic equality for all Arab women in Israel.”

Funding

Activities

  • Kayan aims to “Develop[] and Institutionaliz[e] the Grassroots Movement of Arab Women in Israel” and allow them to consider lifestyle choices different from the “traditional role in the domestic sphere.”
  • Kayan provides “legal consultations and representation in individual cases,” most of which deal with family law for low-income women. Kayan also works to “foster employment” among Arab women by providing information and encouragement on benefits and rights.
  • In a project called “Women Demand Mobility,” in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and supported by the Hadassah Foundation, Kayan campaigned to bring public transportation to Arab towns and villages in Israel.
  • Kayan also provides information on the Ecclesiastical courts that preside over the Christian community in Israel and advocates for their “transparen[cy] and equal jurisdiction.”
  • In 2005, Kayan submitted a joint report with Ittijah to United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The report blamed underemployment of Palestinian women on Israeli actions which constitute “violation of international human rights law.”
  • Kayan co-authored a report with Physicians for Human Rights-Israel which characterized Israel’s Nationality Law as “racist.”
  • Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) originally included Kayan as a signatory on a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund calling “upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.” According to Kayan Development Coordinator Dr. Bettina Suleiman, “We had no memory of having signed the petition, nor does this petition fall within our mission or usual scope of activities…our name had been added by mistake.”

2012-2013 Grants Received

FunderAmountYear(s)
CFD-Switzerland NIS 304,2202013
NIS 211,6832012
New Israel FundNIS 91,0192013
NIS 78,3772012
Haifa MunicipalityNIS 18,0002013
NIS 18,0002012
Norwegian Church AidNIS 223,1062013
HEKS-EPERNIS 40,0002013

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