The Rural Women Association is a non-profit founded in 2015 that aims to raise women’s voices in marginalized villages of South Hebron Hills.
Our Association works to empower women both economically and socially by encouraging farming and Bedouin women to work together as equals in unity. In creating small scale projects initiated by the women of the area, the Rural Women Association intends to provide a pathway to sustainable income for women. We believe that this is possible by augmenting existing agricultural and professional skills. We work with the women in this area to decrease vulnerability by increasing work opportunities, by providing children with activities and spaces to learn and play and by supporting the emotional wellbeing of those who live under occupation.
The Association works in the communities of the South Hebron Hills such as: Susiya, Umm Fagarah, Umm al Kheir, al Hathaleen, Jinba, Tuba, Qawawis, and At-Tuwani.
Originally self-sustaining communities, the Association is able to organically foster their three goals in specific projects that:
- Develop an active role for women economically, socially and culturally.
- We foster a concept of citizenship and advocacy for every woman in the region as farming and Bedouin women work together.
- We promote personal development in areas of hygiene, children’s health, self-confidence and parenting skills.