Gender-Based Violence

According to the UN, gender-based violence refers to an act perpetrated against a person’s will and based on their gender. It refers to threats of violence and coercion that can be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual in nature. Women across the world experience gender-based violence. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, in Palestine 60 percent of married or previously married women between the ages of 18 and 64 experienced violence at the hands of the Israeli military personnel or Israeli settlers and 27 percent of the same population experience at least one form of violence. Because GBV affects the lives of women and girls, PWWSD has made it one of the organization’s cornerstone themes. This thematic area is directly related to our second objective: “Eliminating discrimination against women and girls by combating gender-based violence within Palestinian society and promoting women’s peace and security in accordance with international human rights laws and agreements.” PWWSD provides support to rights-holders such as women, men, youth, local and international organizations. In addition to duty-bearers such as social workers and government and institutional officials. PWWSD has ushered in projects that provide women and girls with knowledge about their rights, avenues to protection, and gender equality. We also provide psychosocial and legal services to victims and survivors of GBV. PWWSD is a GenCap certified expert in the field of promoting gender equality in humanitarian actions, providing training to both rights-holders and duty-bearers. Finally, PWWSD participates in and leads campaigns that advocate and lobby for frameworks, legislation, policies, and procedures that protect women and eliminate discrimination and violence against women locally, nationally, and globally.


Program Goal: Palestinian women are empowered and live in a safer and more protected environment from gender-based violence.

Program Objectives:

  1. Palestinian women are more proactive in combating gender-based violence.
  2. Palestinian women exposed to gender-based violence receive high-quality social, psychological and legal services.
  3. Palestinian women are more effective in influencing laws, policies and procedures to eliminate discrimination against women in Palestine.
  4. Society is more aware and concerned with women's rights and against all forms of violence.




1) Phycological support and protection to women children and families/Gaza Strip.
Year: 2022-2022
Donor: Italian Agency for International Development/EDUCAID
2) Enhancing cooperation and networking between GBV service providers in the West Bank-Haya Project.
Year: 2022
Donor: UNODC
3) Combating Violence Against Women in the Southern Mediterranean Region.
Year: 2020-2021
Donor: European Feminist Initiative (EFI)
4) Preventing and Responding to Gender Based Violence in the West Bank-Gender Transformative Approach to Combat GBV
Year: 2021-2022
Donor: UNFPA
5) Integrated MHPSS Emergency Response in Gaza.
Year: 2021
Donor: CFD/Swedish NGO
6) Promotion of gender equity and the protection of Palestinian women in a situation of vulnerability in the southern West Bank, Palestine.
Year: 2019-2021
Donor: MPDL/Spanish NGO
7) Eliminating Violence Against Women-Haya Project.
Year: 2019-2022
Donor: UN Women
8) Emergency Gender Based Violence (GBV) Response in Palestine to address Consequences of COVID-19.
Year: 2021-2021
Donor: German Representative -Ramallah
9) Access to Justice for Women: Grassroots Approach-Sawasya.
Year: 2021-2022
Donor: UN Women
10) Enhancing the protection and Re-integration of Furthest Left Behind Groups of Women and Girls Victims and Survivors of Violence in Palestine-Shaml.
Year: 2021-2022
Donor: UN Women
11) CBOs Leadership Capacity Building (GBV).
Year: 2022
12) Counselling Programme-GBV.
Year: 2022
Donor: Palestina Solidaritiet
13) Counselling Programme-GBV.
Year: 2022
Donor: Committee France Palestine