About CWP

The Coalition of Women for Peace is a feminist organization against the occupation of Palestine and for a just peace. Founded in November 2000, after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, CWP today is a leading voice in the Israeli peace movement, bringing together women from a wide variety of identities and groups. CWP is committed to ending the occupation and creating a more just society, while enhancing women’s inclusion and participation in the public discourse. CWP initiates public campaigns and education and outreach programs, working to develop and integrate a feminist discourse on all levels of society.

CWP is known for its clear and principled stances, including its unwavering support of the right of return of Palestinian refugees and the endorsement of universal jurisdiction.

Among CWP campaigns in recent years:

A campaign against anti-democratic legislation and the “Anti-boycott law”, solidarity with women in Iran, a campaign to end the siege of Gaza,

mass demonstrations against
the Second Lebanon War and against the Israeli assault on Gaza, a coalition of 20 women’s organizations  protesting sexual violence by Israeli officials in the government and military, and local and international campaigns demanding accountability for war crimes committed by Israel, an ongoing campaign against house demolitions.

Throughout the years, CWP has been a leading feminist voice within the Israeli anti-occupation movement and Human rights community, leading us to work intensively to confront issues of sexual harassment in political groups.

CWP supports, empowers and assists human rights activists and organizations, particularly women’s and youth groups. Every year, CWP organizes a variety of capacity-building workshops and seminars for peace activists, including media outreach, planning and organizing public campaigns, internet campaigning, and legal counseling for activists. CWP also aids independent and new peace and social justice initiatives by providing organizational and fundraising assistance, thereby creating meaningful partnerships and solidarity networks.

In 2010 CWP’s opened an activity center, which is available for use by activists and groups and hosts a wide range of meetings and activities. The activity center holds lectures and courses for the general public on issues that are at the focus of our work, such as feminism and gender, social activism, culture and politics, international law, and economic justice.

CWP also leads international campaigns for peace and justice, in cooperation with human rights organizations and women’s movements around the world. For example, CWP has initiated an appeal to the British government, signed by 100 organizations around the world, to not limit universal jurisdiction for war crimes; and CWP’s cooperation with Norwegian civil society organizations has led to the largest European public pension fund’s divestment from companies that are involved in the occupation.

Who Profits from the Occupation”

Who Profits was founded in 2007 as a research project of the Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) , in order to investigate economic involvement in the occupation. By exposing companies and corporations that profit from the occupation, we hope to promote a change in public opinions and corporate policies, leading to an end to the occupation.

Alongside various political, religious and national interests, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights is also fueled by corporate interests. Israeli companies and multinational corporations lead real estate deals, develop the Israeli infrastructure and settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories and the Golan Heights, contribute to the construction and operation of an ethnic separation system, including checkpoints, walls and roads, and design and supply equipment and tools used for the control and repression of the Palestinian civilian population.

The project’s character was shaped through the consistent and devoted work of many activists in CWP and the cutting-edge feminist agenda of this organization, which constituted an empowering habitat.

After more than six years, in which Who Profits became a very well established and professional research center, Who Profits registered as a separate association.

CWP and Who Profits work and collaborates as sister organizations.

As Israeli activists, we feel obligated to use our privileged access to information and locations in order to expose corporations that profit from the occupation and to demand corporate accountability.

We hope that this information will stimulate a candid public debate about the costs and benefits of the occupation to different parts of the Israeli society, about international and local economic interests that play a role in the occupation, and about how these interests influence political decision-making.

The Research centers website: http://www.whoprofits.org

Coalition of Women for Peace is still committed to promoting activities, as well as mainstreaming the discourse regarding the economic interests of the occupation.

“FORA” is an organizing of Russian-speaking activists that used to be a part of CWP, promoting social and political change within the Russian-speaking public in Israel. FORA exposed Russian-speakers to feminist and critical perspectives regarding militarism and the occupation, human rights, and sexism and homophobia

Among the major campaigns CWP has initiated in recent years: A campaign to end the siege of Gaza, mass demonstrations against the Second Lebanon War and against the Israeli assault on Gaza, a coalition of 20 women’s organizations  protesting sexual violence by Israeli officials in the government and military, and local and international campaigns demanding accountability for war crimes committed by Israel.

CWP supports, empowers and assists human rights activists and organizations, particularly women’s and youth groups. Every year, CWP organizes a variety of capacity-building workshops and seminars for peace activists, including media outreach, planning and organizing public campaigns, internet campaigning, and legal counseling for activists. CWP also aids independent and new peace and social justice initiatives by providing organizational and fundraising assistance, thereby creating meaningful partnerships and solidarity networks.

In 2010 CWP’s opened an activity center, which is available for use by activists and groups and hosts a wide range of meetings and activities. The activity center holds lectures and courses for the general public on issues that are at the focus of our work, such as feminism and gender, social activism, culture and politics, international law, and economic justice.

CWP also leads international campaigns for peace and justice, in cooperation with human rights organizations and women’s movements around the world. For example, CWP has initiated an appeal to the British government, signed by 100 organizations around the world, to not limit universal jurisdiction for war crimes; and CWP’s cooperation with Norwegian civil society organizations has led to the largest European public pension fund’s divestment from companies that are involved in the occupation.

Alongside the ongoing public campaigning and advocacy, CWP operates two long-term projects:

“Who Profits from the Occupation” is a research project that provides a unique and comprehensive online database of international and Israeli companies that directly profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan Heights. The project, launched in 2007, serves as a central and reliable resource regarding corporate and economic involvement in the occupation, and responds to the needs of international and Israeli campaigns and human rights organizations working on corporate accountability and labor rights.

The project’s website: whoprofits.org

“FORA” is an organizing of Russian-speaking activists in CWP, promoting social and political change within the Russian-speaking public in Israel. FORA exposes Russian-speakers to feminist and critical perspectives regarding militarism and the occupation, human rights, and sexism and homophobia, and aims to create a radical change in the discourse of the Russian-speaking media in Israel and to enhance and encourage the involvement of Russian-speaking women in social and political activism. Contact: fora@coalitionofwomen.org

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