The Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC) was established in 1992 in Ramallah as a coalition of women’s grassroots committees and organizations. It strives to empower women sociopolitically with the aim of achieving social justice in accordance with the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, the Palestinian Women’s Rights Bill, and international rights conventions. The WATC has twenty-three full-time and four part-time staff as well as volunteers. We work in Jerusalem, Gaza (where there is a branch), and the West Bank. Our general assembly includes sixty-five women, most of them members of Palestinian women’s grassroots committees. Every three years thirteen of these women are elected to the board of directors.

Our priorities are the following. We promote participation and partnership with affiliated organizations and wider communities as well as open, multidirectional communication for the purpose of eliminating all forms of discrimination...

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