The Mehwar Centre - Good Practices from the Occupied Palestinian Territory for Recruiting Anti-Violence Centre Personnel

Authors/editor(s): Author: Flora Salman; Editors: Fabrizia Falcione, Elena Gentili, Iman Qassis

Across the globe, violence against women threatens to destroy the social fabric of societies and communities. It is a manifestation of unequal power relations between men and women, and the need to exercise control over women's lives. In the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), this imbalance is compounded by cultural and social norms and traditions, as well as the ongoing Israeli occupation - all of which are used as ground to justify various forms of violence, including sexual abuse, home imprisonment, forced marriage, and so-called "honour" killings. The need to establish a space, where women victims of violence feel safe and have access to services needed to deal with their trauma led to the establishment of the Mehwar Centre in 2008.

Specialized, professional, motivated, and talented staff should constitute the real capital of anti-violence centres, as is the case with the Mehwar Centre. These recruitment guidelines offer practical support to organizations and instutions responsible for managing of anti-violence centres, and provide guidance in the selection of appropriate personnel that demonstrate proven professional capacities and personal qualities needed to carry out their job functions. Funded by the Italian Cooperation, the Mehwar Centre is the first specialized anti-violence centre of its kind in the oPt, combining prevention, protection, empowerment, and community awareness activities, and offering social, psychological, and legal counselling services to women and children victims of violence.

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Geographic coverage: Palestine, State of

Subject area(s): Anti-violence interventions; Domestic violence/interpersonal violence; Service delivery

Resource type: Best practices

UN Women office involved in publication: Palestine Country Office

Publication year: 2012

Number of pages: 112

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)