NSDL conducted 20 legal awareness workshops in Rafah city on personal status code in cooperation with a group of CBOs in Rafah city including (future Generations Benevolent Association, Rafah Farmers Association, The Assembly Benevolent of operation, public Aid Association For Canada neighborhood, al jenoub society for Woman’s Health, Al batool charity Rafah governorate, Palestinian Center For Organic Agriculture, Benevolent Palestinian child’s Friends Association, Al-Naser charity society, Mojaddoon development charity, kidney patients friends charity Association, Benevolent society For care of Rural Family, Al Sahel society, Al Asdiqaa Association for people of special Needs, Muslim Girls society, Al Mawasi Area committee-Rafah, Al Rihana society for Women &children, society for the care of cancer patients, the Assembly Benevolent of operation, Hawwa Future Society.)
The workshops targeted 646 individuals; 28 males and 618 females. They were within the framework “Provision of Legal Aid Services to Vulnerable Women in Rafah” project, under Sawasya II, UNDP/UN Women/ UNICEF joint programme: Promoting the Rule of Law in the State of Palestine 2018-2023.
The legal clinic team concentrated on issues of marriage, engagement, women’s financial rights such as alimony and deferred dowry in case of divorce and husband’s death; since it is considered as a debt on the husband even after his death and they explained the ways of getting it. Moreover, they addressed issues like house of obedience (a term used to refer to a house prepared for disobedient wife), legal separation, gold issues and problems. They discussed divorce and its consequences as well as the procedures followed before shariah courts.
At the end of the meetings, the attendees were given the opportunity to raise their inquiries, which were answered and discussed; and a set of recommendation were made up. Moreover, the attendees called for more informative legal awareness workshops.