Sawa Fight­ing Prej­u­dice

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Sawa, is a Pales­tinian NGO work­ing to sup­port women and chil­dren who have been sub­jected to all types of vi­o­lence. It aims at spread­ing a cul­ture of un­der­stand­ing and gen­der equal­ity in lo­cal so­ci­ety by ad­vis­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers in com­plete con­fi­den­tial­ity. It does so through aware­ness-rais­ing pro­grammes and work­shops. The or­gan­i­sa­tion goes a step far­ther by tar­get­ing men who are the in­sti­ga­tors of such in­jus­tices by turn­ing them to part­ners and con­trib­u­tors for the cause. Sawa also trains var­i­ous pro­fes­sion­als to deal with vic­tims of sex­ual vi­o­lence. Sawa’s most re­cent pro­ject goes un­der the name: ” Early Mar­riage… De­stroyed Mar­riage.” Part of it is a cam­paign made to trig­ger aware­ness among male and fe­male stu­dents in schools, next to tar­get­ing par­ents and work­ing closely with teach­ers in schools. The cam­paign, com­prised a set of il­lus­tra­tions by Pales­tinian artist Husni Rad­wan, holds pre­con­ceived ideas, words and sen­tences, which usu­ally cir­cu­late around early mar­riage within the com­mu­nity. Th­ese se­ries of vi­su­als are de­signed to shed light on the phys­i­cal, moral and so­cial ef­fects of early mar­riage for girls. To ex­tend its reach and in­crease ex­po­sure about the mat­ter, Sawa used so­cial me­dia where it seemed, ac­cord­ing to the peo­ple at the or­gan­ista­tion, that the pub­lic in­ter­acted pos­i­tively from day one the cam­paign was launched on Face­book, via Arab and Pales­tinian pages. It even raised con­flict around the sub­ject, as a heated de­bate surged and is still go­ing on, prov­ing that much more than a one-hit cam­paign is needed to change long-es­tab­lished tra­di­tions and so­ci­etal con­vic­tions.

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