On March 8, 2022, GCMHP organized a workshop to flag and discuss
the negative social impact on women with mental health disorders, their
accessibility to MHPSS services and the role of CBOs in promoting awareness on
social misconceptions and negative cultural heritages that affect women and the
service delivery to them.
workshop, attended by 165 participants from HR and MHSSP organizations, was
started with presenting success stories of three women who come from different
social backgrounds within Gaza Context.
The second part of the workshop was designed to review and
reflect on women’s psychosocial issues, through sharing experiences of
organizations working in the field of mental health and human rights. The
papers presented by these organizations were: ‘Mental Health Services Offered
for Women: Accessibility and Challenges’; ‘CBO’s Role in Raising Awareness
about Misconceptions Related Mental Health Disorders, especially among women’;
‘Cultural Heritage and its Impact on Women’; and ‘The Conditions of Women with
Following four presentations, the space was opened for the
attendees, representing CBOs and NGOs, to have a discussion with the four
panelists and raise their questions.
The workshop resulted in a set of recommendations listed as
1. The necessity of
undertake serious efforts to promote awareness on women’s social, psychological
and physiological needs, especially of
those who suffer from mental health
2. The community needs to have a better understanding of
socially supporting working women, especially those with disabilities, through
integrating this concept in the advocacy and campaigning efforts.
2. Mass media need to play a consistent and sustainable role, as
opposed to occasional, in flagging the issues of violence against women and
stimulate a social change on the stereotypes and cultural misconceptions.
3. facilitating Women’s accessibility to the appropriate MH
services through encouraging them to seek these services and orienting the
community as a whole about the referral system.
highlighting the importance of early detection of women with mental health
challenges so as to thwart any further deterioration.