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The Association for the Improvement of Women's Status Lakia - Desert Embroidery

The Association for the Improvement of the Status of Women was founded in 1996 as the first Bedouin women's organization in the Negev, one of the poorest regions in Israel.  Better known as Desert Embroidery, the Association is committed to advancing the status of women through the education and empowerment of Bedouin women.

Founded and run by Bedouin women. The organization works to improve the economic and social status of Bedouin women and advance the educational achievements of Bedouin children and youth while combating the patriarchal attitudes of Bedouin society.

Major goals include the empowerment of Bedouin women through the improvement of their economic and social status; the advancement of education in the Bedouin community; and the empowerment of the next generation of Bedouin youth through leadership training for community commitment and development.

The Association works in partnership with other organizations in the Arab Israeli community as well as with mainstream Israeli organizations for dialogue, cooperation and coexistence.

Among the Association’s major accomplishments are the development of a thriving home-centered embroidery industry, the establishment of a Bedouin cultural and tourist center, the operation of a Mobile Library for over 1,000 children in Lakia and the surrounding unrecognized villages, as well as youth leadership and educational projects which have raised the awareness of the community to genetic diseases caused by kinship marriage, the importance of education for women and female children, pre-natal care, home economics, and more.

 
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The Association for the Improvement of Women's Status Lakia: Desert Embroidery
The Desert Embroidery Project addresses issues of the low status and employment of Bedouin women by focusing on the need for developing alternative sources of income through the creation of an industry based on traditional skills to restore the contr ...
Economic Development, Education, Employment, Health, Jewish-Arab Relations, Negev Bedouin, Women, arts, empowerment, the Negev, youth
Desert Embroidery: Visitor Center
Over two hundred tour groups from Israel and abroad visit the traditional Bedouin tent located at Association headquarters in Lakia every year. These include groups of retirees, educators, church and synagogue groups, high school and college students ...
Economic Development, Employment, Jewish-Arab Relations, Media and Culture, National Identity, Negev Bedouin, Women
Desert Embroidery: The Mobile Library
Recognition of the importance of reading in the cognitive and social development of children coupled with the lack of public and school libraries in Lakia led the Association to establish the first mobile library in the Negev over a decade ago. Today ...
Education, Negev Bedouin
Desert Embroidery: Youth Leadership
The Association’s youth leadership programs provide support and educational enrichment for teenage girls in Lakia and the unrecognized village of Owajan. Programs include a series of meetings with a social worker, access to educational courses ...
Economic Development, Education, Employment, Health, Jewish-Arab Relations, Negev Bedouin, Women
Desert Embroidery: Community Education and Enrichment
The Association runs after-school educational and enrichment classes for high school students for preparation for the matriculation exams in English and Mathematics. Classes in spoken Hebrew and reading and writing in Arabic are also offered. Each su ...
Economic Development, Education, Employment, Health, Jewish-Arab Relations, Negev Bedouin, Women
CONTACT INFORMATION
The Association for the Improvement of Women's Status Lakia - Desert Embroidery
P.O.B 1013
Lakia 84991
Israel
Phone: 972-8-6513208
Email: rikma@lakia2.org

Website: http://www.desert-embroidery.org/