Women’s Associations

Along the varied landscape and along the villages of the five governances the trail passes through, the Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil works with 17 women’s cooperatives in various stages of development. In addition to mapping and waymarking the trail for hikers’ recreation, the Masar Ibrahim supports these women’s cooperatives, keeping in mind a two-fold goal: highlighting cultural heritage and supporting local economies.

From the Masar Ibrahim’s northernmost point in Jenin through the five governances to Hebron, the women’s cooperatives along the trail provide both food products—such as shadeah, za’atar, yogurt, butter, pickles and jams, and handcrafts embellished with traditional Palestinian embroidery.

Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil aims at activating and empowering women’s role in the Palestinian society. To further support and promote their products, the Masar Ibrahim staff have been visiting these women’s cooperatives. The visits include interviewing the women, observing them at work on a particular project or food preparation and making short videos of these conversations and worksites.

The Masar continues to promote and assist the women in selling their products, by providing trainings and seeking to understand how continued support can help them in the development of their products and enrich the life of each community of women.

The Masar Ibrahim staff is proud to showcase their work and welcomes comments and questions about the work and products of those women’s cooperatives.  We look forward to your support of their work.

Meet the Women’s Associations on the Masar Ibrahim

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  • Bethlehem women’s associations
  • Hebron women’s associations
  • Jenin women’s associations
  • Jericho women’s associations
  • Nablus women’s associations

Adh-Dhahriya Women Club

In the village of Adh-Dhahriya, in the alleys of the old city, the atmosphere of the Palestinian family prevails, where the women of the club meet, begin to help each other prepare breakfast before starting work as a team. The Executive Director says that if women unite, they can achieve the impossible. As a result,

Bani Na’im Women Charitable Society

Bani Na'im Ladies Society was founded in 2005 which focuses on women and children by taking care of the role of women, educating both and raising their awareness. It contributes to empowering women by improving their economic and social status through supporting small and income-generating projects such as Project bees and Zatar where they participate

Cooperative of Rural Development- Aizarieh

Due to the fact that women of al- Aizarieh village are suffering Economically and Socially, the women of Cooperative of Rural Development have been working on enhancing and changing the situation of the women in the village. They are happy to meet new people, to share their stories and to show and sell their special

Dura Cooperative Association for Agricultural Production

Along the busy streets, close to Hebron you will come upon the Dura Cooperative Association for Agricultural Production in the local market and you will see the long shelves with their products which include maftoul (cous cous), yogurt products (labaneh, cheese, dried yogurt), raisins, diebs (grape syrup), grape jam, dried herbs, and za’tar. They have

Nabd Women Center- Bethlehem

Their main activities: food processing- pastries, trainings on handicrafts and Palestinian Labor Law Their products: Pickles, Jam, Pastries, Desert Palestinian food, Handicrafts (embroidery, and straw) Facebook Page Samerah Odeh/ Head Women Telephone Number:0598321720 Email: popw.bethlehem@gmail.com Practical Info LocationContactLocation Bethlehem Region Contact Samerah Odeh/ Head Women Telephone Number:0598321720 Email: popw.bethlehem@gmail.com

Arab Women’s union – Beit Sahour

Products: Food products, foods and hand products,carpet weaving, paper recycling and use as colored and decorated cards Visit their website And Their kitchen Contact: Basma Jacaman 2772022/0598225190 Email: albasma@womenunion.ps Practical Info LocationContactLocation Beit Sahour, Bethlehem region Contact Contact: Basma Jacaman 2772022/0598225190 Email: albasma@womenunion.ps

Adh-Dhahiriya Women’s Association

In the last stage of the Masar, the trail takes hikers from the busy streets of Hebron through agricultural fields surrounding the city and picturesque valleys rich in natural beauty and archeological sites when reaching the village of Adh-Dhahiriya. A well-conserved fortress from the Hellenistic or early Roman period can also be found in this

Arraba Society for Women Development

The Arraba Society for Women Development is located in the Old Palace of the village in the beautiful rural countryside on the outskirts of Nablus. The dedicated women at this cooperative are working hard to guarantee its survival.  While the municipality has given them the use of a spacious room for their meeting room in

Dar Salah Women’s Association

Focusing on women and community empowerment and targeting children, youth, poor people and special needs, the women’s center of Dar Salah have been networking with other women centers, cooperating with many local authorities as well as centers for special needs to make a change in the society.  It has been arranging a number of activities

Shawawreh Women’s Association

When reaching Shawawra village, located east of Bethlehem, make sure that you will pass by the women cooperative in which visitors are always welcome. The women offer special breakfast containing al Duqqa that contains wild thyme which is seasonal. The women at the cooperative say that “is found in each house in the village for

Tuqu’ Women’s Center

They meet together in their office space on the second floor of the municipal building in Tuqu’ and proudly open their doors to visitors. Around the room many different handcrafts are displayed. Among the various embroidered dresses, shirts, purses and pillows, a display of handwoven rugs catches your eye. The rugs are made by women

Kafr Malek Alatá Women’s Center

Taking Initiative’ may best describe the actions of these women at the Alatá Women’s Center in Kufr Malek, a small village on the outskirts of Ramallah. Messada Mua’di, contact for the Center, relates the story of the Center’s modern building with modest pride.  The 3 storey building is a visible result of the women’s strong

Burqin Women’s Association

Visitors to Palestine and hikers on the Masar Ibrahim may stop and visit women at the Center as they pass through Burqin and arrange to a meal of local cuisine ready for them as they visit the Jarrar Palace.   The Ladies Center Society in the village of Burqin is fortunate to use the the

Women of ’Arab ar-Rashayida

Driving through the mountainous desert region of the Jordan Valley you come upon the Bedouin village of ‘Arab ar-Rashayida, a little over 7 miles (12 m) east of Jerusalem.  Some of the women there formed a cooperative in 2011 to support each other and help generate income by the sale of their products. Despite their

Awarta Women’s Association

Awarta, one of Nablus villages, is famous for its well-known olive oil in addition to its almonds, grapes and lemons. Although it’s a conservative community, the women of Awarta are strong enough which gives them a big role in the society. The five members of Awarta women committee established this center aiming at social and

Al-Ubeidiya Sabaya Center

In their workroom located in the village of Ubeidya, Bethlehem, a group of local Palestinian women create beautiful tunics with traditional design motifs embroidered using cross stitch and tahriri (or rishiq) stitches. As many as eight women currently work from their homes embroidering the designs on rectangular pieces of cloth.  The embroidered pieces of cloth

Al-’Auja Women’s Association

A few kilometers south of the center of Jericho is the Women’s Association Center in Auja. President of the Center, Lubna Massaid will gladly meet you at the offices of the Sultan Company for Fresh Fruits where she also works.  At her offices there Lubna explains with enthusiasm the various projects and products of the

Artas Women’s Committee

When visiting Bethlehem, take the opportunity to explore the beautiful verdant Artas Valley and visit the women at Artas Women committee for a taste of the culinary treats traditional to the region and sourced from the local agricultural community that works to reveal cultural heritage through education, make sure to keep Palestinian folklore alive and

Aqraba Women’s Center

As part of the Aqraba municipality, the main activities of this Women’s Center are awareness workshops, creating job opportunities for local women, and sponsoring summer camps. The village of Aqraba is located in the rural outskirts of Nablus, surrounded by small farming enterprises in the beautiful green countryside. Sharifa Nassar  spreads before the visitor a

Aqbat Jaber Women’s Center

Intisar Akras warmly greets you as you enter the gates of the Women’s Center in the Aqbat JaberRefugee Camp.  She is the coordinator and is soon closely followed by other women from the Center. Outside in the courtyard you will see the impressive “Mud House”, a guest house built in the traditional manner of houses

Sanur Women’s Club

Sanur Women’s Club is located at the southern entrance to the village and in a fair distance to its center. Aiming at marketing their handmade products, preserving their culture and reflecting a good image of their community, Sanur Women’s Club existed to make the change and to reflect the situation of women in the village