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The Rural Women’s Development Society (RWDS) is a Palestinian non-governmental organization working in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Its origins date back to 1987, when it began as a women’s group within the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC). Today RWDS is a separate entity, independently registered with the Palestinian Authority under registration number: RA-287-C.
RWDS has a strong and respected presence among grassroots rural communities, with over 3,000 female members that form a network of 58 women’s clubs. It is this unique structure, geographic breadth and large core of dedicated volunteers that distinguish RWDS from other Palestinian women’s organizations.
We advance the rights of rural women by fostering empowering and supportive spaces within their local communities. This is achieved through clubs, which highlight women's invaluable contribution to Palestinian society, and through designing innovative projects on the topics of economic empowerment, political and social participation, and the prevention of violence. We use education and community participation, as well as mobilization, skill-building, and advocacy as tools to develop women into strong, committed and able leaders.
Since 2009, RWDS has formed and continues to work with 6 women’s cooperatives in the West Bank that make products which are marketed under the name Al Hakoura (“home garden”).Get Started
RWDS’ works in three program areas: Economic Empowerment, Political and Social Participation, and Violence Prevention. The programs and their affiliated activities have been developed through analyzing our past experiences and reviewing the existing needs of women in rural areas, with direct input and participation women in the communities where we have clubs. Through these program areas, we work with women as active partners, not just beneficiaries, and support them to become leaders and decision makers.Get Started
Our Women’s Clubs are at the heart of our work. Since 1987, RWDS has established 60 clubs in all geographical areas of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip that offer unique spaces for women to gather, learn, organize, and work together. Each RWDS club is a semi-autonomous community based organization (CBO) with its own operational structure and system. All the clubs work on activities that are unique to the needs of women in the local community, while being in the RWDS network creates opportunities for clubs to participate in larger projects and political campaigns.Get Started
The Rural Women’s Development Society (RWDS) is a Palestinian non-governmental organization working in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Its origins date back to 198 ... Read more
RWDS completed the construction of the five-year strategic plan 2019 2023 in line with the Society’s objectives, mission and work developments in it.
As a result o ... Read more
Is equality between women and men, boys and girls in Palestinian rural areas in accordance with the Palestinian Declaration of Independence and i ... Read more
RWDS is composed of a general assembly of 57 members, and a board of directors composed of 9 members elected every two years. In addition toadministrative, executive and ... Read more
“I Never Thought Anyone Would Help Me” Basita is a 47-year-old woman from Deir Abu Day’if village in Jenin Governorate. She and her husband have six children and her three eldest children (Muhannad, Shua’a and Inas) have cerebral palsy due to oxygen deficiency at birth. They are now between the ages of eighteen and twenty three years old. It took the doctors three ...Read more
RWDS designs innovative projects under our three program areas
This project was designed as an extension of previous work RWDS has done around Violence Against Wom ... Read more
In 2012, the Swedish Organization for Individual Relief (SOIR) – Palestine invited RWDS to design a ... Read more
The overall goal of Honey for Palestine is to reduce economic and social vulnerability of women in 2 villages in the West Bank through community-based business opportunit ... Read more
Olive Oil Soap, Pickles and Maqdus (pickled eggpla ...Explore more
Freekeh (roasted green wheat), Burghul and Mushroo ...Explore more
RWDS’ works in three program areas: Economic Empowerment, Political and Social Participation, and Violence Prevention. The programs and their affiliated activities have been developed through analyzing our past experiences and reviewing the existing needs of women in rural areas, with direct input and participation women in the communities where we have clubs. Through ...Read more
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Today, Monday, 8/31/2020, a closing ceremony for the project "Reducing Violence against Women by Forming Support Groups in Their Communities" was held ... Read more
The Association for the Development of Rural Women in the Gaza Strip celebrated the graduation of the first batch of "Pioneers of Cooperation" for 13 ... Read more
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