So Thota became an anesthesiologist and opened a pain-management clinic, although he admitted that it was a challenge treating the chronic pain of people who were at risk of becoming addicted to powerful painkillers.
Residents in the "unrecognized" villages are continuously under threat of home demolitions by the State.
Such social tensions in a traditional patriarchal society underpin discrimination against vulnerable members of the community, which typically manifests as domestic violence, with the victims having limited support systems.
We contribute to building a just and democratic society that ensures to all of its members equality, especially women, through the realization of their fundamental human rights.
Our work based on humanitarian principles, human rights, and dignity, as enshrined in the international human rights treaties and documents.
Through cooperative advocacy, strategic litigation, and awareness rising, Ma’an works with the women from the Arab-Bedouin community so they can participate and contribute to society as equal citizens.
Our work enhances cooperation between civil society actors advocating gender equality, and provides legal leverage for the enforcement of domestic and international law relating to women’s rights.
With an unemployment rate of c.89% for Bedouin women, paying for legal aid is not a realistic option.
In addition, women are not allowed to leave their villages unescorted by a man, which makes it even harder for women to get legal aid (which is unavailable in the villages).
As a grassroots Arab organization based and founded in Beer Sheva in 2001, and led by Arab women activists, Ma’an is rooted in the community that it serves.
It is uniquely qualified to support, work with, empower, and advocate for Arab Bedouin women and women’s rights activists, and to lead the design and implementation of project activities to empower our core beneficiary group.
Ma’an is nonpartisan, working with many groups and organizations, and we aim solely to improve the lives of Arab-Bedouin women living in the Naqab.