Marginalized communities normally lack resources. Palestinian women citizens of Israel, been tripled marginalized over, have the awareness on the importance of networking. This awareness has helped us to establish a solid network in the field of ECCD and Women Empowerment. Through our engagement in different forms of networking on a local, regional, national, and international level we are able to reach significant achievements and offer synergy to several initiatives. We participate in conferences (as lecturers and participants), study days and other activities at the local and regional level. Furthermore, we assist in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating different initiatives and projects.
We are committed to strengthening international networks and in advancing the joint work of civil society organizations for the benefit for Palestinian women in Israel as a priority, but also for Women worldwide.
Through our participation in different networks and coalitions we are able to promote visibility on our work locally and internationally.
The different networking groups we are active members of are:
The Working Group on the Status of Palestinian Women in Israel together with other five leading NGOs. This working group was formed in June 1996 and is a national network of Palestinian women’s rights issues from various perspectives and fields of expertise. This working group has submitted two reports to the CEDAW Committee in 1997 and 2006 and is preparing for the 43rd session that will take place in January 2009.
The Personal Status Working Group aims at ending discrimination against Palestinian women on issues of personal status and to influence social norms by promoting changes in attitude and behavior. The Working Group is a coalition based in Nazareth, initiated by human-rights and women's organizations. In its first years the Working Group dedicated itself to promoting a single issue: the Amendment to the Family Court Law aimed at enabling Arab women to be entitled, to file suits in family courts on matters of custody and alimony rather then be obligated to appeal to the Shari'a or ecclesiastical courts. After the amendment was passed, the Working Group expanded its mandate to include other personal status issues of Arab women.
The Political Participation of Women Network is formed by 6 leading NGOs and aims at increasing women involvement and representation as representatives and decision-making bodies. This network is active in advocacy and organizes study days, meetings with political parties, among others.
Aisha is a regional Arab network of feminist organizations that aims at improving the situation of Arab women through advocacy and regional cooperation. This is a network of more than 15 Arab organizations from different countries including: Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, among others.
Mubadara Coalition is an initiative by 12 Arab organizations facilitated by Shatil that was established during the war with Lebanon in 2006. After its immediate interventions and emergency aid delivered during the war, the Mubadara Coalition developed its mandate to provide support and relief to the Palestinian community in Israel in times of crisis and conflict (external and internal).
1325 Coalition is a network of Palestinian and Jewish women organizations who work together to address the issues of Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Israel and advocate for positive change.