Child Safety Education – Women Becoming Agents of Change in Arab Society
There is a clear correlation between socio-economic living conditions and child safety incidents. Most of Arab society in Israel is classified as a low socio-economic population. The child safety incident rate among children from low socio-economic backgrounds or Arab populations is higher than the national average rate because, in general, both environments have inadequate or impaired physical infrastructures and lack suitable conditions for raising children in a safe manner, hence exposing them to a greater danger.
In Arab society, women are the main caretakers of the children. In the Child Safety Education project women, from designated Arab cities and small communities across Israel, are recruited to undergo a training program to qualify them as child safety advocators. The women advocators are educated with regard to child safety issues and incorporate domestic safety with child safety. The women then return to their communities to pass on to other women the information they have acquired, carry out house visits for the purpose of locating hazards and guide parents on arranging the house in a safe manner. During the house visits they also distribute safety devices and provide counseling regarding child safety to reinforce the concept that child safety issues are as much a part of parental responsibility as are health issues, education, school etc., as opposed to the commonly held belief in Arab society that children's injuries and deaths are predestined