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Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
In their own words“Dedicated to the advancement of Palestinian women in Israel.”  They seek to “eliminate gender based violence”; advance “equal rights, and democracy among all citizens and all sexes”; and “address discrimination faced by Palestinian women living in Israel.”


  • In 2006-2009, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $1,116,500 to WAV (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
  • WAV does not list its funders. According to the EU, WAV receives a €390,821 grant (2009-2012) for “Women and Employment.”
  • Received a grant of €299,966 from the European Union (European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument) for a project (2017-2019) titled “The Working Group for Equality in Personal Status Issues.”


  • Addresses “institutional oppression in the state, and the role the institutions of the state play in preserving the inferiority of women and intensifying patriarchal values,” and “unjust financial policy towards women in general and Arab women in particular.”
  • Works “within Knesset and in the public realm to raise awareness regarding the status of Palestinian women in Israel.”
  • Established a “Shelter for Battered Women and Their Children, the Shelter for Young Women in Distress, and the Crisis Center” to serve “Palestinian women in Israel.”
  • Co-founder and director Aida Touma-Sliman received an award from NIF in 2008 for “her courageous work in the field of race.” The video dedication also noted her work on “new legislation and campaigns against family honor crimes, child marriage, and polygamy within her community.”
  • WAV has also held workshops for men to help foster “A New Notion of Manhood Based on Equality between Sexes.”
  • WAV and Mada al-Carmel organized a seminar in 2009 entitled, “Anti-Racialized Feminism,” which compared Israel to Canada as a “colonialist racist settler society, which was established on antagonism to the native Aboriginal people and depriving them from property and rights.”
  • WAV and two other NGOs (Mada al-Carmel and the Arab Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health) were partners in the international “One Day One Struggle” campaign, titled “My Land, Space, Body and Sexuality: Palestinians in the Shadow of the Wall.” Publicity included a poster portraying an Israeli soldier reaching suggestively toward a Palestinian woman, alongside the caption: “Her husband needs a permit to touch her. The occupation penetrates her life everyday!”
  • Together with other NIF grantees, WAV wrote to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund and called “upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.” This letter accused a number of Israeli and international corporations of “provid[ing] specifically designed equipment for the surveillance and repression of Palestinian population through restrictions of movement and collective punishments.”

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