Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC)

Profile

Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitehttp://www.watcpal.org/watcpal/en/
Founded1992
In their own words“We endeavor to build women’s framework and mobilize their energies to advocate for the rights of Palestinian women and monitor commitment with such rights in a manner consistent with national references and international covenants.”

Funding

Activities

  • WATC rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
  • Releases videos regularly on the WATC Youtube Channel glorifying resistance and condemning Israel.
  • In the April 2020 edition of its Voice of Women magazine, WATC published an interview with the wife of the late Palestinian terrorist Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad).  Abu Jihad was responsible for the 1978 “Coastal Road massacre” in which 38 Israeli civilians were murdered, including 13 children. During the interview, WATC refers to Abu Jihad as “one of the leaders of the Palestinian revolution, whose last words were ‘no voice rises above the intifada‘” (emphasis added).
  • In May 2017, WATC inaugurated a youth center for girls in the town of Burqa, near Nablus. As reported by Palestinian Media Watch, the center is named after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who in 1978 murdered 37 civilians, including 12 children. Funding for this building was provided by Norway, UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), and Palestinian Authority Ministry of Local Government.  Upon learning that the center had been named after a terrorist, the Norwegian government and the United Nations issued strong condemnations.
  • In September 2014, WATC, alongside MIFTAH, Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD), Oxfam Novib, and Women for Women in Sweden, participated in meetings held at the 27th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to discuss “war crimes in Gaza and ongoing human rights violations in Occupied Palestine.”
  • In November 2012, WATC called for participation in a protest to “raise our voice against the Israeli aggression and demand the trial of war criminals.”

BDS

  • On March 8, 2016, WATC was a signatory to the “Palestinian Women’s Call for Worldwide Women’s Endorsement of BDS,” which called on women and feminists to join BDS campaigns because the “the Israeli regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid has for decades denied the Palestinian people our inalienable right to self-determination.”
  • On July 19, 2014, WATC published an ad calling for a boycott stating, “I boycott the Israeli malls and the products of the settlements. Do you? For Al-Aqsa. For the Shahidim [Martyrs]. For the prisoners. For Palestine.”
  • Signatory to the 2005 “Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS,” which calls for an end to Israel’s “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands.”

Partners

Lists partners as: Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP),Bank of Palestine, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Diakonia, United Nations, CONEMUND, and the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Partial List of Grants

Donor20132014201520162017
DiakoniaSEK 355,950SEK 382,950SEK 382,950SEK 382,950
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat $530,000
European Union- Partnership for Peace€468,545
European Union- European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument€499,735 
Care International$191,104
Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI)- Equality and Justice$74,950
Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI)- Core Funding$113,043
NGO Development Center (NDC)$115,672
Norwegian Church Aid$17,003
UN Women- Spring Forward$51,216
UNDP$16,500
Women Learning Partnership (WLP)$39,783
Biladi Association$80,552

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