'Durek - Your Turn' Women's Participation in Local Politics

Arab women’s widespread exclusion from Israeli local councils has led to the absence of Arab women’s needs on local political agendas, and is indicative of an ongoing status quo in which Arab women are relegated to the domestic sphere and are expected to fulfill social roles based on patriarchal traditions and religious norms. Thus, by empowering and supporting Arab women to partake in the political sphere we will create a socio-cultural change that will not only change the political sphere, but the very fabric of gender-relations so that women become active, and take on leadership roles in the society.

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16 Days of Activism To End Violence Against Women Campaign 2017

Kayan's 2017  "16 days of activism to end gender-based violence campaign," was coordinated by the Jusur Forum and its local women's groups. The 2017 campaign took our work to end all forms of violence against women in Israel to the next level, as this year we expanded our definitions of violence to include political violence, sexual violence, physical violence, emotional violence, social violence, and sexual violence. This expansion was possible due to our previous work in the society, as through ongoing awareness-raising and community organizing, the society was ready to delve into these more complex and often taboo-laden understandings of the broad range of forms that violence against women takes. The campaign featured intensive media work, social media campaigning, and daily workshops, lectures, rallies, memorials and other creative public activities organized by grassroots Arab women activists in the field. 

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Women in Return Activism (Raja'a)

Empowering Palestinian women to raise-awareness about the Nakba and right of return within their communities.

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Personal Status Rights Campaign (2016)

Kayan's 2016 personal status rights campaign was aimed at raising awareness about issues related to personal status (e.g. marriage, divorce, child custody etc.). The campaign targeted the Palestinian society in Israel and featured activiites in the field (such as workshops and lectures) as well as intensive online and media work. Key subjects highlighted in the campaign included domestic violence, and gender-discrimination  within the legal system (e.g. unjust divorce and child custody laws).  The campaign aimed to open honest discussions about these taboo subjects, and to bring key issues related to personal status to the social agenda. 

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16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women Campaign 2016

A grassroots campaign coordinated by the Jusur Forum and local women groups that seeks to raise-awareness about ending all forms of violence against women. 

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Sexual Harassment Is a Crime Campaign 2016

Kayan's 2016 "Sexual Harassment is a Crime Campaign," worked to break open taboos that inhibit open and honest discussion about the prevelance of sexual harassment, frame sexual harassment as a literal crime, and put ending sexual harassment on the social agenda. The campaign featured daily lectures and workshops amongst diverse target groups, online and social media content and discussions, and intensive media work. 

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Equality and Justice in the Ecclesiastical Courts

This 2015 campaign was to put key issues related to women’s rights in the Ecclesiastical courts on the public agenda. In particular Kayan focused on (1) a lack of gender-sensitivity in the courtroom (2) a lack of clear and published laws and procedures, and (3) exorbitantly high court fees that are unaffordable for women. The campaign was successful in raising-awareness and led to ongoing cooperation with court officials to address these issues.

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Arab Women and Youth Working to End Violence Against Women (2015)

In this 2015 campaign, Arab women from Kayan and youth from Baladna Youth Association worked together in order to take a stance against gender-based violence. This was the first time that grassroots Arab women activists were active leaders in the effort to end gender-based violence. The campaign included a national conference, and the first ever grassroots Arab women-led rally to end violence against women. The rally was organized by the Jusur Forum, and featured 150 grassroots Arab women from villages represented by the Jusur Forum. Other elements of the campaign included wide-spread workshops with women, youth, men, and decision-makers, videos, a research report, and more.  

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