Roles for Social Change Association – ADWAR

Occupied Palestinian Territories

Roles for Social Change Association – ADWAR was established in 2010 by a group of students from Hebron universities who wanted to close the gender gap and promote women’s participation in public life. ADWAR works with girls and women to improve their understanding of gender relations, violence and rights. It seeks to improve self-esteem and self-confidence and increase their knowledge of socio-political issues. The organisation works to modify school curricula to promote positive, non-stereotypical images of women and girls. It also engages with parents and school staff to prevent early marriages and reduce school dropout rates. ADWAR also provides girls with psychological support services and works to expand their access to non-traditional jobs by building their capacity through workshops and training sessions. ADWAR addresses the declining participation of Hebron women in civilian and democratic life by raising their awareness on national and political matters, particularly in the areas of law and elections. It does this via campaigns and advocacy activities in partnership with local and international coalitions. ADWAR is also lobbying for legislative changes to promote and defend the rights of women and girls. Working in a difficult environment, ADWAR has successfully reached remote and dangerous areas of the Palestinian Territories to reach over 3,800 people.