CFTA is a founding member and host
to the Wissal Network, a Gaza wide coalition of nearly 40 community-based
organizations who came together in 2008 to work for a Palestinian society free
from violence. The Network seeks to ensure the protection of women and girls
within the framework of the United Nations Resolution 1325, to fight violence
against women more broadly, and enable women to play an active and influential
role in Palestinian society.
Wissal Network activities include
legal and psychological counseling services for women, advocacy for female
leadership ,education and awareness raising through traditional and social
media, festivals and other community outreach activities, training for local
organizations in using Resolution 1325 to create a culture of protection;
monitoring, collecting and disseminating data on the status of women in the
Gaza Strip; and ongoing networking and advocacy with Palestinian organizations
and decision makers as well as international partners. The Network is supported
by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Highlights in 2014
- Wissal Network worked with
young women to document real-life stories of women subjected to GBV. 13 young
women were trained in field research, documentation and writing and then
conducted series of interviews and meetings with victimized women. A
booklet of the stories was published in October 2014.