Sidreh is a Bedouin women’s association based in the Naqab, southern Israel, which was officially registered as a non profit organisation in 1998. Through the work of Sidreh, numerous Bedouin women have achieved literacy, employment and driving licences. Sidreh developed the first women’s newspaper in the Negev, which now distributes 11,000 copies per month to more than 50 villages. It also works to tackle violence towards Bedouin women and promotes young female leadership.
Founded by Sidreh in 1991, the Lakiya Negev Weaving Project involves women using the traditional, home-made ground-looms of their Bedouin culture. Coloured wool is woven into patterns in order to create unique carpets, pillowcases and handbags. These products are then sold within Israel as a means of generating a sustainable income for Bedouin women. Soon, customers will also be able to order online from abroad.
Participating in Lakiya has enhanced the self-esteem and confidence of the women involved, and has provided a plethora of role models for women growing up in contemporary Bedouin society. The Lakiya project is proud of its role in advancing the progress of Bedouin women, and in sending out its products to an increasingly diverse and widespread audience.
7 July 2015
The education revolution among Bedouin women has opened up opportunities previous generations could never have imagined. But tribal traditions that limit their freedom - including polygamy - still prevail. Today, most Bedouin girls finish high school, and more than 500 women are enrolled in higher education programs. Most of those women attend Ben-Gurion, which—thanks to the efforts of American Jewish philanthropist Robert H. Arnow—has provided financial, logistical, social and academic support for Bedouin students, especially for women, since 1997.
24 March 2015
Representatives of the Joint List of Arab parties and social activists plan to start a four-day march Thursday from unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev
4 July 2012
Khadra Alsanah, managing director of the Sidreh NGO that campaigns for Bedouin women’s rights in the Negev, has been awarded The International Alliance for Women