Final Evaluation: AMAN - Combating Sexual Violence in the Palestinian Society (State of Palestine)

Elham Zaqout

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.


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