Taking action to combat gender-based violence


We advocate for human rights regardless of gender, origin, age, beliefs or gender orientation. We support local feminist organizations that fight for the protection of human rights of women from Palestine, Israel and Jordan. Surgir is a Swiss Foundation, apolitical, non-confessional and committed activist for more than 20 years against all forms of gender-based violence.

Mission and values

Our vision is that of a world where no person is discriminated against because of his/her identity, gender or gender orientation. Both in the South and in the North, we defend values of solidarity, social justice, diversity, equality and commitment.

Victory for Sabrina and her mother

December 2021


Victory! Sabrina was finally reunited with her mother in Switzerland, where she now lives her life as a child in complete safety.


It is with great enthusiasm and emotion that we are able to inform you today of the success of Sabrina's rescue. Thanks to your convictions, thanks to the tenacity and courage of Sabrina and her mother, and thanks to your help, we were able to overcome all the obstacles encountered during these 18 months of hard fighting and to restore justice to this family. Sabrina has arrived in Switzerland, where she will be able to spend the holidays with her mother and thrive in safety. Without you, this would not have been possible. A huge THANK YOU for your precious support, which allows us all to end this year on a high note.

Support our programs

We work in collaboration with women’s rights organizations to establish programs to combat sexual assault, crimes committed in the name of honour and to combat all forms of gender-based violence.

News from Palestine

SAWA’s Crisis Line received more than 37.000 calls in May

In May, the number of calls rose as a result of the conflict and the bombing of Gaza. The calls mainly concern panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, child protection issues or domestic violence. The Reuters devoted an article to the work of our partner and a short video that can be watched on our website.

Our achievements


1200 children of Palestine participate in violence prevention workshops.


90000 persons called in 2020 the Crisis Lines in Palestine and in Jerusalem managed by our partners.


45 women suffering from extreme violence were provided with international protection.


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