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Sabaya Center
Sawsan Salama, Chairwoman.
Opposite the building of the local council, Anata, Jerusalem

The need for a body that provides women with greater opportunities to integrate into society as productive members was born out of the marginalisation of Anata's women, their exclusion from decision-making and policy-planning, and their limited participation in the social and cultural activities in the village. After a woman had reached the position of a local council member for the first time, the need for such a body became even more clear.         

The erection of the Shu'fat checkpoint, which separated Anata from Jerusalem, increased the need for a women's organisation as the women of Anata, like all residents, were detached from their main urban centre in Jerusalem which includes the main organisations and the centre for the provision of services. Additionally, the separation diminished employment opportunities for women due to the restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation on their freedom of movement and the lack of actual opportunities in the village itself. As a result, the majority of Anata's women, an estimated 10,000, are housewives who are unable to assume leadership positions in the community. This is despite the fact that an estimated 60 per cent of Anata's women are either university graduates or on their way to receiving an academic degree. Henceforth, a group of women from Anata established the Anata Sabaya centre in 2006 with the aim of fostering women's participation in the political, social and economic life in the village and helping solve problems faced by all villagers.  

The centre stresses its independent nature.  Its location in the local council's building does not infringe upon this independence. On the contrary, the local council ensured the independence of the centre and helped create it.

Empowerment and capacity building.

The women of Anata are socially, economically and politically empowered as entrepreneurs and leaders in the society.

The Centre creates projects designed to empower women politically, socially and economically.

  1. Drawing the highest possible number of women and girls from Anata to participate in the centre's activities.

  2. Establishing a workshop for weaving and cloth designing.

  3. Building and equipping a women's gym.

  4. Developing the food manufacturing project, adding new equipment and drawing on a larger participation of women.

  5. A course to raise women's awareness of their rights.

  6. Organising regular meetings to educate women politically.
Volunteer Opportunities:

The Centre seeks volunteers in the recycling fields, preferably fluent Arabic and English speakers.

Wish List:
  1. A course in weaving and design.

  2. Training in project writing.

  3. Workshops in secretary work, archiving and public relations.

  4. Training on how to study and determine needs and priorities.

What We Have to Offer:
  1. Training in knitting and embroidery.

  2. Training on food manufacturing

  3. Training in financial management in organisations.
Programmes and Projects
  1. The psychological support project: It began in 2010 in collaboration with the centre for psychological counseling, and provided individual and group sessions for women.

  2. The food manufacturing project: The course began in 2010 in collaboration with Ma'an Association for Development. Currently, Sabaya is collaborating with three schools on this project.

  3. Workshops on knitting and embroidery.

  4. Courses for political empowerment in collaboration with the Agricultural Federation and the Federation of Arab Paramedics.

  5. The project of school canteens: A continuity of the food-manufacturing project and it includes workshops on financial management, writing reports and drafting project.

  6. Developing the health care sector.