RAMALLAH – West Bank
Palestinian society is strongly marked by a conservative organization of relations between men and women. Men have unchallenged powers over their families. They exercise a patriarchal control in particular by restoring family honor on the behavior of girls (sexual purity), thus making any denunciation of sexual violence, although very widespread, extremely difficult. In the Palestinian family, any conflict is dealt with internally, without resorting to an external intervener (police, social worker, mediator, etc.).
Domestic violence is widespread but never or very rarely denounced, and women and children do not know who to turn to for help.
The counseling center in Ramallah was created in 2012, as a result of the collaboration between the SURGIR Foundation and its local partner.
- Welcome of women in difficulty 6 days out of 7, with or without appointment
- Listening and individual follow-up by a psychologist
- Organization of support groups for particularly vulnerable women
- Training of volunteers on issues related to sexual violence and to conducting awareness workshops.