Final Evaluation: AMAN - Combating Sexual Violence in the Palestinian Society (State of Palestine)
Location: State of Palestine
Grantee: Women’s Studies Centre
Grant period: January 2016 – December 2018
Grant amount: $460,000
Publication year: 2019
Implemented by the Women’s Studies Centre in the State of Palestine, the AMAN– Combating Sexual Violence in the Palestinian Society project sought to:
- strengthen the capacity of school-aged girls, female university students and community stakeholders to identify, address and prevent sexual violence in East Jerusalem, Nablus and Hebron;
- work with key stakeholders in education and social workers to empower school-aged girls and young women, including those living with disabilities, as well as their families, to identify, prevent and protect themselves from sexual violence; and
- engage community groups and media to enable them to better support survivors of sexual violence.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- 84 per cent of school-aged children reached by the project felt more empowered to protect themselves from sexual violence.
- In 67 target schools in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, project activities were institutionalized through collaboration with the Education Ministry so they are now implemented by school counsellors in the schools.
- 90 per cent of university students who participated in the project could subsequently identify referral bodies (such as NGOs and police) for reporting cases of sexual violence and services for survivors.
- Many of the stakeholders consulted during the evaluation considered the AMAN programme to be one of the most important extracurricular programmes adopted by the Ministry of Education as it tackled a taboo issue.