1. Women's Studies Center (WSC)
The Women's Studies Center (WSC) is an independent, Palestinian non-governmental organisation that strives for the realisation of equality between women and men. It seeks to mobilise the efforts of all women committed to the principle that women's rights are indivisible from human rights. The WSC's objectives are:
* to lobby toward change and the development of alternative perspectives that promote the role and equal participation of Palestinian women in all levels of society;
* to collect and document research studies by Palestinian and Arab women to serve as a resource from which to learn and devise strategies;
* to promote the creative potential of Palestinian women and invest in opportunities for them to flourish;
* to breed a young generation of leaders (men and women) of the social concepts related to gender and willing to support the Palestinian women's movement;
* to develop audio and video materials on women's issues and gender;
* to monitor and respond to media materials in to order to promote a positive image of Palestinian women and the principle of gender equality; and
* to network with progressive Arab women's movements and Palestinian women's institutions that share WSC's vision.
Languages: Arabic, English
Mailing Address: Dahiet al-Barid, Jerusalem, P.O. Box 54071
Tel: (972-2) 234 7229
Tel/Fax: (972-2) 234 8848
2. Maiti Nepal: Crusading for the Prevention of Girl Trafficking, Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of Traffic Victims
The word Maiti has a sentimental value for Nepali women. It refers to the family one is born to. But in Nepal, family ties are severed when a woman marries for she loses all rights to her parents and their property. She becomes an outsider belonging solely to her husband and his family. Maiti Nepal's crusade is to protect Nepali girls and women from domestic violence, trafficking, child prostitution, child labour and various forms of exploitation and torture. Clients include sexually abused girls, abandoned children, destitute women, prisoners' children, returnees from Indian brothels, girls and children infected with HIV and Hepatitis B. Rescuing girls forced into prostitution and helping them find economic alternatives are a major strategy. Survivors are also trained to develop income-generation skills. The group's other services are counselling and education and basic literacy. Established by socially committed professionals including teachers, journalists and social workers, Maiti Nepal also seeks to bring justice to abused girls and women through legal channels.
Fax: (977-1) 489 978
3. Feminist Majority Foundation
Founded in 1987, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) focuses on advancing the legal, social and political equality of women with men to counter the backlash to women's advancement, and on recruiting and training young feminists to help develop the future leadership of the feminist movement in the United States. It engages in research and public policy development, public education programmes, grassroots organising projects, leadership training and development programmes. It also participates in and organises forums on issues of women's equality and empowerment. A sister organisation, the Feminist Majority, engages in lobbying and other direct political action, pursuing equality between women and men through legislative avenues.
Mailing Address: 1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 801 Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Tel: (703) 522-2214
Fax: (703) 522-2219