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YWCA Palestine Launches an Awareness Campaign on Cybercrime within “Shamal” Project

YWCA Palestine Launches an Awareness Campaign on Cybercrime within “Shamal” Project

The YWCA of Palestine has launched an awareness campaign, today Wednesday 9 February 2022, on cybercrime, especially blackmailing and harassment women and girls are exposed to through social media, under the slogan “Safe Online”.

The campaign comes under “Shamal” project implemented by the YWCA through funding from UN Women Palestine, and in partnership with Ibda' Cultural Center  in Dheisheh refugee camp - Bethlehem, The Phoenix Center in Al Arroub Refugee Camp - Hebron, and the YWCA Community Center in Jalazone refugee camp - Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate. “Shamal” aims to promote the protection and reintegration of women and girls subjected to violence as well as survivors in marginalized areas in Palestine by targeting refugee camps, namely Dheisheh, Al Arroub, and Jalazone. 

Phase one of the project included training for female lawyers, journalists, and social workers with the aim of increasing their knowledge of protection mechanisms and the referral system as a way to promote the protection of women and their reintegration, and to develop their ability to provide psychological, social and legal support to women and girls who are survivors of violence. This is in addition to strengthening their counselling and  documentation skills. The participants were also trained to design and lead awareness and advocacy campaigns related to women’s issues. 

The young women who participated in the training will organize workshops and meetings with women and girls in the targeted camps during phase two of the project , and will provide legal and psychological  support to women and girls who are survivors of violence or those who need counseling. This is in addition to providing safe spaces for girls and women in  community centers and clubs. 

The awareness campaign includes organizing media activities and events, conducting interviews, workshops, and meetings with decision-makers, mobilizing partners, such as community centers, human rights organizations, women’s organizations, psychological and legal counseling centers, and the Palestinian police, especially Family and Juvenile Protection Unit, journalists, and influencers. 

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