Ma’an (‘together’ in Arabic) is the umbrella organisation for Arab Bedouin women’s organisations in the Negev. The organisation was founded in 1999 by Arab women from different organisations to promote the rights of the Arab Bedouin women by creating one voice initiating joint projects.
Ma’an offers Bedouin women vitally needed advocacy services and emotional support, which is freely available to Bedouin women in the Negev who urgently need help regarding issues of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. The vast majority of the women who call Ma’an’s Crisis Hotline suffer serious domestic violence.
Ma’an aspires to bring a lasting and significant social change to the Negev region regarding the rights of Bedouin women and gender equality in general. Ma’an contributes to building a just and democratic society that ensures to all of its members equality, especially women, through the realisation of their fundamental human rights. They work with the women from the Bedouin community so they can participate and contribute to society as equal citizens.