SVF Broadcasted 13 Radio Program on Women Empowerment

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From September 2013 to December 2013, SVF produced and broadcasted 13 Radio programs to educate women on different civic issues to improve their leadership orientation, social participation and contribution at all levels. SVF invited a number of civil society specialists and speakers to educate the listeners as follows:

 1- Role of Law in Promotion of the Marginalized and Vulnerable Women.

 SVF produced and broadcasted a radio program to discuss role of law in promotion of the marginalized and vulnerable women on September 3, 2013. SVF invited the lawyer Mrs. Islh Hassania from Bar Association and Mohammed Abu Hashm, human rights activist on September 3, 2013.

 2.  Women in the Labor Market

 SVF produced and broadcasted a radio program to discuss to reality of the Palestinian women in the labor market on September 11, 2013. SVF invited Mr. Nedal Ghaben , civil society activist and Ms. Wejdan Albayoumy, civil society activist to have a live dialogue in this regard.

 3. Violence Against Women

  SVF produced and broadcasted a radio program to discuss Violence against women on September 18, 2013. SVF invited Mrs. Zeinab Alghonaimy, civil society expert and Ms. Fatma Ashour, civil society expert.

4. Women’s Right of Inheritance

 SVF produced and broadcasted a radio program to discuss women’s right of inheritance on October 1, 2013. SVF invited the lawyer Samir Hassaniyeh who spoke about the importance of giving women the right to inheritance.

 5. Palestinian Women Workforce and Labour Market Challenges

 SVF produced and broadcasted a radio program to discuss the challenges facing Palestinian women workforce and labour market on October 9, 2013. SVF invited the civil society activist, Nidal Gaban and Ms. Magda Albalbisi, civil society activist to have a dialogue in this regard.

 6. Empowerment Women Community Participation

 SVF produced and broadcasted a radio program to discuss empowerment women community participation on October 23, 2013. SVF invited Sammer Hamad, civil society specialist and Marim Mslh, civil society specialist to have a dialogue in this regard.

 

 7. Inheritance and Social Culture Against Women

 SVF produced and broadcasted a radio program to discuss inheritance and social culture against women on October 29, 2013. SVF invited the lawyer Younis Al Tahrawi, legal adviser to have a dialogue in this regard.

 8. The Media’s Role in Promotion Women’s Issues

 SVF produced and broadcasted a radio program to discuss the media’s role in promotion  women’s issues on November 6, 2013. SVF invited the writer Hassan Jaber and the blogger Ms. Samia Zwydy to have a dialogue in this context.

 9. Women’s Rights in Domestic Law and International Conventions

 SVF produced and broadcasted a Radio program to discuss women’s rights in domestic law and international conventions on November 12, 2013. SVF invited the lecturer Mohammed Abu Hashm to have a dialogue in this regard. He talked about the reality of women in the laws and regulations of in Palestine and the importance of protection women by elimination of violence and discrimination against them.

10. Women’s Social and Economic Empowerment

 SVF produced and broadcasted a Radio program to discuss women’s socio-economic empowerment on November 20, 2013. SVF invited Dr. Alaa Abu Taha, a lecturer and Ms. Hanan Syam,  community activist to have a dialogue in this context.

 11. The Role of Civil Society Organizations in the Protection of Women From Violence

 SVF produced and broadcasted a Radio program to discuss the role of civil society organizations in the protection of women from violence on November 25, 2013. SVF invited the civil society activist, Dr. Mariam Abu Dakka to have a dialogue in this regard. She spoke about the reality of Palestinian women in the light of what they are suffering from violence and marginalization in social life as a result of political and social conditions of the current situation of the Arab societies. She said women represent half of the community energies  and should live without violence and to ensure full community rights and equality with men .

 12. Palestinian Women and lack of Jobs

 SVF produced and broadcasted a Radio program to discuss the difficulties facing women due to the lack of jobs on December 30, 2013. SVF invited the Lawyer, Fatma Ashour and Nidle Gaban, civil society activist to have a dialogue in this regard.

 13. Women and Civil Society Organizations

SVF produced and broadcasted a Radio program to discuss the women and civil society institutions on December 31, 2013. SVF invited the lecturer in the field of human rights, Mohammed Abu Hashim and the writer and researcher in political affairs Imad Mohsen.

SVF organized 15 Public Awareness sessions on Women Empowerment

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From September 2013 to December 2013, SVF organized 15 public awareness sessions to educate women on different civic issues to improve their leadership orientation,  social participation and contribution at all levels. SVF invited a number of civil society specialists and speakers to have a dialogue with the participants as follows:

 

1. The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Reeducation the violence against Women

 

SVF organized a public awareness sessions in cooperation with Al Sahel Association to discuss the violence against women in Rafah on September 4, 2013. Mr. Hussam Khlout facilitated the session that attended by graduates. Mr. Khlout welcomed the community activist Ms. Camellia Al Hams to talk about the violence against women. It is a phenomenon of violence against women, one of the strongest phenomena impact on the community building.  She also talked about the phenomenon of discrimination against women who suffer from a lot of communities.

 

2. The Role of Women in Social and Political Life

 

SVF organized a public awareness session in cooperation with the National Association for youth to discuss the role of women in social and political life on September 10, 2013. SVF invited Dr. Rami Koulab to have a dialogue with participants in this regards. Dr. Koulab called all institutions and decision-makers to activate the role of women in all levels of life. They should also promote the role and participation of women in political and social life and the exercise of their rights guaranteed under the Constitution and laws. He also called the political parties and civil society organizations to adopt the initiative in this regard. They should practices their words and consider in their lists of candidates for the general election and its various activities to support the achievement of women social and political participation.

 

3. Women’s right to inheritance between Shara, Customs and Traditions

 

SVF organized a public awareness session in cooperation with Talt Al Harmeen Association to discuss women’s right to inheritance between Shara, customs and traditions, in Gaza City, on September 16, 20. SVF invited the activist Iman Al Aqa to have a dialogue with participants in this regard. She talked about women’s right to inheritance, indicating that the Islamic religion did justice to women and gave them full legal rights, and these rights are the right to inheritance. However, there is a class of people violated the law of Sharia came in to prove this right, capturing its legacy claims ignorance void.

 

4.  Palestinian Women between Reality and Ambition

 

SVF organized a public awareness session in cooperation with Jablia Association for society development to discuss the Palestinian women between Reality and ambition on September 23, 2013. SVF invited the activist, Alaa Rajab to have a dialogue with participants in this regard. Mr. Rajab spoke about the circumstances of Palestinian women who live in a reality between deteriorating economic conditions and the socio-political, Women exercised their right to face any kind of violence by psychological support, either directly or indirectly, and thus be a joint work among team members. This requires effort and follow-up of women and for justice to work on obtaining the minimum rights.

 

5.The Role of Palestinian Women in Strengthening Social Cohesion

 

SVF organized a public awareness session to discuss the role of Palestinian women in strengthening social cohesion in cooperation with Dire Al Balah Women Activity Centre on September 30, 2013. Mr. Hassam Khlout also facilitated the session an invited Mr. Mohammed Ismail to have dialogue with young participants in this regard.

 

6. Violence against Women is not Practiced by Man Alone

 

SVF organized a public awareness session to discuss the violence against women in cooperation with Bint Al Reef Association in Beit Lahia on October, 7, 2013. Mr. Hassam Khlout also facilitated the session and invited Ms. Iman Aqa to have a dialogue with young participants. Ms. Al Aqan talked about the violence against women. She also defined the concept of violence as behavior of a prompt reaction to women based on the strength and intensity and coercion, and is characterized by varying degrees of discrimination and persecution , oppression and aggression.

 

7. Weak Participation of Women in Decision-making

 

SVF organized a public awareness sessions in cooperation with Al Tmoor and Nakeel Association to discuss the weak participation of women in the decision making process on October 10,2013. SVF invited Mrs. Rogia Abu Mandeel to have a dialogue in this regard with participants. Mr. Hassam Khlout also facilitated the session as well. Mrs Abu Mandeel spoke about the weak participation of women in decision-making. She mentioned a number of social, cultural, political and economic causes that prevent women from engaging the decision making process. Women should promote their effective participation in decision-making which it is still incomplete. The participation of women in decision-making measure the progress of society and bring order to ensure and promotion the presence of women in the political process in the community. Women should find mechanism to develop their participation of women in political parties and social movements.

 

8.  Palestinian Women’s Rights in Society

 

SVF organized a meeting to the Palestinian women’s rights in the society” in cooperation with the Palestinian Association for Youth Empowerment on October  23, 2013.  SVF invited Dr. Rami Koulab to have a dialogue in this regard with participants. Mr. Hassam Khlout also facilitated the session as well.

 

9. The Reality of Palestinian Women in the Current Circumstances

 

SVF organized a public awareness session to discuss the reality of Palestinian women in the current circumstances in cooperation with the Dire Balah women activity Centre on November 13, 2013. SVF invited Ms. Juliet Abu Shanb to have a dialogue with 36 participants.

 

11. Mechanisms of Promotion Women’s Social Participation

 

SVF organized a public awareness session to discuss the mechanisms of promotion women’s social participation in cooperation with the Union of Women’s Committees for Social Work on November 18, 2013. SVF invited Juliet Abu Shanb to have a dialogue with women in this regard.

 

11. The Social Reality of Women in Palestine

 

SVF organized a public awareness session to discuss the social reality of women in Palestine in cooperation with Women and Family Empowerment Centre in Nusirate on November 26, 2013. SVF invited Dr. Nasser Al Yafawi to have a dialogue with  participants in this regard.

 

12. Deprivation of Women’s Inheritance

 

SVF organized a public awareness session to discuss the deprivation of women’s inheritance in cooperation with the Lmst Wafa Volunteers Centre, Rafah on December 2, 2013. SVF invited Eitaf Jarbou to have a dialogue with participants in this regard.

 

13. The Challenges of Women’s Participation in the Labor Market

 

SVF organized a public awareness sessions to discuss the challenges of women in participation in the labor market in cooperation with Women and Family Empowerment Centre in Nusirate on December 5, 2013. SVF invited Dr. Nasser Al Yafawi to have a dialogue with participants in this regard.

 

14. The Role of the Media in Promoting Women’s Participation in Social Life

 

SVF organized a public awareness sessions to discuss the role of the media in promoting women’s participation in social life in cooperation with the Future Association in Khanouns on December 19, 2013. SVF invited Mr. Jehad Ahmed to have a dialogue with the 41 participants in this regard. Mr. Ahmed spoke About the role of the media in promoting women’s participation in social life, where Palestinian women actually contribute to the development of society in a positive and effective, and fatigue important role in supporting the interests of society through their role in society. He stressed the need to strengthen the role of women in Palestinian society , especially in the area of political and social through the media, which play a big role in spreading the cultures of the community.

 

15. The Role of Women in Social Participation

 

SVF organized a public awareness session to discuss the role of women in social participation in cooperation with Tmoor and Nakeel Association on December 30, 2013. Mr. Hassam Khlout also facilitated the session and invited Mohammed Khateeb to have a dialogue with participant in this regard. 

SVF Trained 450 Young Women Community Leaders in Gaza Strip

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SVF organized 15 training sessions to target 450 young leaders aged 20-30 years old who will show positive change in level of leadership knowledge, civic skills and democratic values – disaggregated by gender. The project is funded by MEPI. SVF aimed at developing the skills and abilities of women and enabling them to take their role and participation in nation-building and the promotion of self-confidence. In close cooperation with the local organizations, SVF selected the participants based on specific criteria to ensure the success of the target groups as follows:

 

  • Interested in civic and social work,
  • Volunteers at their CBOs
  • willing to transfer knowledge,
  • Under 30 years old
  • Committed to the values of the project,
  • Attended social sciences, journalism and politics classes.

 

SVF empowered 450 young women leadership knowledge and skills on practices on the principles and techniques of leadership, voluntary work, advocacy and implementing community initiatives. The training sessions conducted in close cooperation with 15 women grassroots organizations as follows:

 

1-  Khanounis Women Activity Centre – September 29, 2013 – October 03, 2013

 

2- Dire Balah Women Activity Centre – October 6, 2013 to October 10, 2013

 

3- Rafah Women Activity Centre – October 20, 2013 to October 24, 2013

 

4- Jabalia Women Activity Centre – October 27, 2013 to October 31, 2013

 

5- Beit Hanoun Women Activity Centre – November 3, 2013 to November 7, 2013

 

6- Shati Women Activity Centre  – November 10, 2013 to November 14, 2013

 

7- Gaza Al Darj Women Activity Centre  – November 17, 2013 to November 21, 2013

 

8- Afak for Development – Gaza-   November 24, 2013 to November 28, 2013

 

9- Al Twousl Association, Nusirate- December 1, 2013 to December 5, 2013

 

10- Maghazi Women Activity Centre – December 8, 2013 to December 12, 2013

 

11- Al Burj Women Activity Centre – December 15, 2013 to December 19, 2013

 

12- Zakr Women Development Association Gaza – December 29, 2013 to January 2, 2014

 

13- Gaza Association for Sohoul Kadra, Gaza, January 5, 2014 to January 9, 2014.

 

14- Melad Association for Young Women Development,  January 12, 2014 to January 16, 2014

 

15 Al Najada Charitable Association, Beit Lahia, January 19, 2014 to January 23, 2014

 

SVF sought to enhance their access to leadership positions and their contribution to the decision-making as an essential part and important part of the fabric of the society. The trainers also focused on women empowerment as one of the main pillars to complete the community with an emphasis on the intensification of efforts and actions to increase their civic engagement. They sought to help women in getting their rights in ways that sound far from violence and persecution. The trainers also delivered to develop the capacity of personal, professional and social to increase awareness of the role of women and the importance of civil society and work to fight violence against women with a high level of efficiency and participation as a model which is important and necessary for the advancement of women in Palestinian society.

Empowerment Young Women Leadership Program

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Society Voice Foundation (SVF) aims at empowering 450 young women leaders aged 20-30 years old from different areas of social sciences, education, journalism and public relations and media on the principles and techniques of leadership, voluntary work, advocacy and implementing community initiatives.

SVF will coordinate with women grassroots centers from different areas of Gaza Strip to empower women through which they will put into practice their newly acquired skills by forming 5 community forums. Young women leaders will also have the opportunity to get engaged in a community advocacy campaign with the objective of building a future democratic leadership. Women’s leadership skills gained are effectively utilized in Gaza Strip and maintained through community forums. The program will support civic culture that promote democratic values and the active participation of all individuals in social and political life. Public awareness on women’s rights through media coverage, website, radio broadcast are promoted.

This program is supported by MEIP.

Community Peace Conference in Nablus

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SVF held a conference to discuss community peace in the West Bank city of Nablus on June 23, 2013. More than 100 local youth and university graduates and representatives of local NGOs participated at the conference. The conference was funded by the European Union.

SVF’s representative, Hassan Alkhatuib, welcomed the participants, emphasizing on the need to continue the efforts of spreading concepts of community peace, tolerance , dialogue and reconciliation.

Alkhatuib ran the conference with the help of a paper work, produced by distinguished writer Imtiyaz Almaghreby, “Role of women in promoting culture of community-based peace”

Through her paper, Almaghreb maintained that Palestinian women continue to struggle for the sake of ending current political split and such a struggle has been yet represented in peaceful demonstrations. According to Almaghreby, Palestinian women also continue to struggle for the sake of a democratic society that is based on social justice, equality and non-violence.

She added that the political split has caused a great damage to the Palestinian social structure as Palestinians pay a price for the division. Almaghreby believed that women have a role to play in spreading community peace by means of their efficiency, wisdom and tolerance.

She praised women persistence in their struggle for community peace, calling on all parties, including decision-makers, to help organize some relevant campaigns for the best of culture of community peace, in which women can be broadly involved.

Islamic preacher, Zuhair Aldeby. presented a similar paper, saying that community peace rejects all forms of violence and incitement. He added that the Islamic faith had long ago preached tolerance and renounced extremism or violence.  Aldeby also maintained that an open religious would help sort out hatred or any other form of extremism among members of the local community.

He made clear that the Islamic faith respects pluralism and never dismisses others and rather encourages interaction, based on rational dialogue, tolerance and mercy.

The local preacher also believed that Islam has ever been based on a comprehensive vision that is void of partisan tendencies, saying that a well-structured society would lead to security and stability.

He maintained that non-tolerance would mean non-existence of a variety of thoughts or visions, because of the fact that there is a wide range of demagogic dialogues that prevent flow of variety of visions or thoughts. He believed that currently there are some attempts by some parties to abolish doctrines of others.

Irrespective to recent rapid changes around the world, Aldeb’y said that there are still some social trends or behavior that are outdated like taking revenge or tribal feuds. Through his paper, Aldeb’y expressed his sorry for the killings and injuries of people during political partisan conflicts, attributing such fights to the absence of tolerance and culture of dialogue.

From his part, media practitioner, Atef Sa’d produced a paper on media role in spreading culture of community peace. Sa’d maintained that media has ever been concerned about community problems and the suffering of a given community members, consequently influencing public opinion. He said that media could assume a certain role in spreading culture of community-based peace and averting all forms of violence, extremism or partisanship.

He noted that a genuine media work could serve the local community effectively for the best of community-based peace, once such media is backed by the law.

He maintained that community peace and defense of the national unity and stability could be secured once media outlets are based on neutrality, objectivity and independency. Sa’d also made clear that a real media role should be based on principle of justice and accountability in a region that is rather unstable.

During the second session of the same conference, ran by Dr. Fakhry Aldwaikat, of the Alquds Open  University, Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of settlements file in theWest Bank, produced a paper work in which he talked about popular peaceful resistance, adding that struggle, at the political, cultural and economic levels, is necessary.  He pointed out that the popular non-violent resistance, is the best means for the people as a clear future strategy.

In a different paper work, presented by priest Ibrahim Naiyrouz, peaceful Islamic-Christian coexistence inPalestine, is a fine model for dialogue among religions.

Nayrouz maintained that the city ofBethlehem, is a city of peace where Muslims and Christians live in a great harmony. He clarified that the Islamic-Christian coexistence in Bethelahem has been marked with suffering under occupation, suffering of prisoners and sacrifices of all other freedom fighters irrespective to the religious background. The priest also noted that both Muslims and Christians have united against all occupation attempts to transform the city.

He noted that such a historical coexistence between Muslims and Christians should be enhanced in a way that would allow mutual respect and reinforcement of dialogue and community peace among all members of the local community.

Participants, from their part, recommended the following :

  • Keeping up stability and community peace;
  • Expanding and generalizing idea of youth participation in social, economic , cultural and political development;
  • Adhering to public national  trends when it comes to media works including print, audio and television or electronic. This would guarantee peace and security of local citizens and remove all forms of incitement, hatred or split.
  • Reinforcing concepts of community peace and dialogue, away from violence and dismissal of others as well as finding new prospects for dialogue among youth, based on public interests, not on factional narrow ones.
  • Spreading culture of community peace among all members of the local community, especially youth.
  • Respecting political pluralism inside the Palestinian community, something that would raise level of democracy and help political parties and institutions succeed.
  • Increasing number of meetings and seminars regarding political rivalry at the internal level and spreading culture of community peace among local members of the community, in a way that would upgrade the Palestinian society.
  •  Opening to others and reinforcing culture of bilateral relations and respect of others’ opinions, exchange of thoughts and expertise for the sake of humanity.
  • Reinforcing culture of dialogue among members of the local community, given the fact dialogue is important for the sake of connectivity and mutual respect within the framework of the national interests.
  • Promoting supremacy of law, as being the safeguard of the community.

Summer Academy for Youth in Nablus

SVF completed a summer academy for youth in the West Bank city of  Nablus, funded by the European Union. The program aimed at enhancing concepts of dialogue and community-based reconciliation in cooperation with Almostaqbal local society of Nablus on June 16, 2013. More than 70 youth participated at the summer academy

All participants expressed various viewpoints towards a better future building and engaged in a civilized dialogue regarding some positive community values that would help build up a better civil Palestinian society.

From his part, Hassan Alkhatuib, coordinator of the SVF’s activities in the West Bank, maintained that the summer university program is a part of community outreach program for the reinforcement of dialogue  and community-based reconciliation across the occupied Palestinian territories, being funded by the European Union and aimed at reaching community-based conciliation and enhancing concepts of community peace.

Alkhatuib also emphasized that the summer academy was important for youth to meet up and reinforce among them some constructive thoughts and values that would in turn help them develop their various capacities towards a better future.

Alkhatuib pointed out that through some youth initiatives, implemented in Nablus-based villages, the SVF sought spreading the summer university idea as far and wide as possible, based on some practical and theoretical concept of community-based peace and dialogue. They also included, according to Alkhatuib, training youth on how to organize conferences and  engagement in voluntary works. Alkhatuib added that all well-qualified academics and trainers trained the participants.

In a related note, Alkhatuib made clear that the summer academy included implementation of some voluntary individual and collective campaigns like graffiti, media campaigning via social networking websites and reinforcement of rhetoric of dialogue and pluralism. All such campaigns have aimed at spreading culture of community-based peace.

Dr. Fakhry Dwaikat, a lecturer in one of the summer academy sessions, believed that the summer university idea itself is such a very distinguished one that targets an important category of the society and representing the community. He made clear that such an initiative help creating a new generation of young community leaders and open up new prospects for more youth innovation and creation.

Dwaikat added that the workshops implemented in the summer academy time, aimed at creating an efficient generation of Palestinian state building, based on values of tolerance and dialogue. The lecturer praised the diversity of activities, conducted during the summer university in a way that made the summer university itself,  alive and interactive.

Participants,  including Saner Abu Ghdaib abd Asala Hejazy, believed that such initiatives and new ideas greatly would reinforce concept of community-based participation among Palestinian youth and give them a broader scope for more creativity and connectivity inside their local communities.

Participants recommended the following :

  • Passing special legislations and policies regarding youth, in a way that would help them maintaining some well-established leadership roles and help them taking part in decision-making.
  • The need for respecting youth political rights and helping youth assume some leadership roles inside their political parties.
  • Enabling women to assume some high-ranking political posts including decision-making.
  • Urging other various institutions to follow the summer university initiative for the sake of experience exchange and embracing some concepts like culture of community-based peace. Setting up a strategic plan that would aim at reinforcing community-based peace and ensuring some basic material and managerial capabilities as well as holding some related training courses for the sake of community-based peace.
  • Adopting ways of proper social upbringing for the upcoming generations and finding ways to develop media in relation with women reality and ensuring a proper cooperation by some other relevant bodies like courts. All should aim at enhancing concepts of community-based peace in accordance with international standards.
  • Satisfy the need for respect of pluralism inside the Palestinian community as well as respect of others’ viewpoints.
  • Urging media outlets to help promoting political participation through some media programs or campaigning within the aim of reducing incitement towards violence or internal fight.

West Bank: Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Training

Society Voice Foundation in coordination with Coventry University and the Arab American University of Jenin, held an intensive course on conflict resolution and peace building. Training held on March 16, 2013, with the participation of 25 participants from different sectors.

 Abeer Qasem, SVF representative in theWest Bank, said that such a training is the first in a series of upcoming similar activities including training on  local initiatives , essay writing and holding debate sessions with decision makers. She added that such trainings aim at enhancing role of youth in disseminating concepts of peace and tolerance in the Palestinian society. SVF will organise a number of activities in theWest Bankand Gaza Strip. Currently, SVF produces and broadcast a weekly radio programs and spots to promote the values of dialogue, reconciliation, tolerance. SVF has been preparing to run a summer academy for 100 young leaders from the North of theWest Bank. The summer activities will include educational and cultural activities to discuss and promote the role of youth in community peace, dialogue and changing the society based on democracy and human rights. In addition, some youth will participate in organising community initiatives to enhance community voluntary work and the concept and practices of non-violence in the North of West Bank.

 Dr. Mofeed Qassoum, head of international relations of theArabAmericanUniversityemphasized on the significance of outreach among local NGOs with local Palestinian universities, saying that such trainings promote good values for the sake of a pluralism-based Palestinian civil society, on basis of peace and tolerance. He also appreciated the SVF’s role in helping coordinate such activities.

 Dr. Marwan Darweesh and Carol Rank ofCoventryUniversityparticipated as a trainers and gave trainings on various topics including dismissal of violence, promotion of peaceful means to resolve conflicts. They both appreciated all efforts that aim at promoting such values and raising awareness of young generations towards better involvement in their local communities.

From his part, Abdelhakim Shibany, representative of Human Society for Community-based Development emphasized  on the importance of community members’ involvement in such activities , calling for continuing holding them in the future, based on principles of tolerance, dialogue and respect of human rights.

At the end, this training is a part of intensive peaceful and non-violence intervention of youth to promote the culture of dialogue, tolerance and reconciliation in the Palestinian society. The second part of training will take place in June 2013 to empower the trainees’ theoretical and practical skills of non violence intervention and practices.

SVF launches a Gaza conference Women Political and Social Participation

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SVF launched on December 20,2012, aconference on women political and social participation in partnership withGazaUniversityand Center for NGOs development inGaza.

SVF’s Executive Director, Awni Alhaj, opened up the conference by welcoming more than 250 local participants including local residents, NGOs representatives and dozens of women.

First work paper of the conference was delivered by Majeda Albelbeisi, a local media figure. Albelbeisi titled her paper, sociopolitical reality of women and it’s impact on social and political participation of women.

Albelbeisi maintained that women have the right to involve in political life and even in decision-making but women continue to encounter a number of major obstacles towards that right, including social traditions and customs, which have made little of women compared with men.

She also said that women quota representation in parliament has been less than needed, despite the fact women quota reached about 17 seats by the 2006 elections.

Dr. Bahjat Abu Za’nouna, from his part, spoke of the role of media outlets to promote women political participation, saying that media outlets have considerably raised women awareness regarding political participation.

Reham Auda, a social activist, believed that that women role is that significant and that women should be involved in the development process for the local community, calling for selecting women who are well-educated and capable of engaging in such a development. Development for Reham could include education, health, sanitation and technology.

Mohammad Alnajjar, mayor of Maghazi municipality presented his own paper work , which focused on women leaderships within municipal councils , asserting that women should be enlightened towards their own basic rights for women have a great deal of strength points that need to be employed in the right direction. Alnajjar believed that women have maintained a great deal of success throughout their municipal work experiences.

Ibtesam Aza’aneen, a social activist, produced her paper work on experience of women in municipal councils, making clear that women participation in elections has marked a turning point in women political activity, leading women to positions within municipal councils.

She pointed out that women should be further promoted to partake in political life and women capabilities should be developed for the best of genuine women political participation.

Another speaker, Dr. Rami Wshah, said that all international conventions or laws, pertaining to women, have stipulated that women status should be upgraded and that there is a need for applying such laws across the region in order to allow women to smoothly participate in politics.

Participants of the conference recommended that women role should be further promoted in order to create a sort of balance and equality between men and women, something that is more than needed to achieve what they termed social justice. They also called for pushing forward wheel of community development to maintain a state of community-based peace and social security in which women could be an integral part.

SVF launches a Gaza conference Dialogue and Community Peace

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SVF organized a conference inGazacity’s Red Crescent society on reach-out and learning for the best of dialogue and community peace on September 30, 2012. SVF invited a number of professional to participate in the conference. The conference was attended by 185 youth and representatives of local NGOs inGaza. SVF organised the conference to review the impact of violence on the stability and peace and the role of 50 CBOs Network to promote peaceful education and non-violence actions. This conference documented by the media and the society voice newspapers.

Representative of the SVF, Awni Alhaj, opened up the conference by welcoming all guests and promoting some community-based peace conceptions that promote tolerance and community-based conciliation. Reham Auda, a social activist, ran the first session of the conference, in which she first said that it is highly recommended that youth should be aware of concepts of community-based peace and social conciliation. She said youth are an integral part of the society and they should be equipped with all needed skills and expertise that serve their community.

Majeda Albelbaisy, a civil society specialist and a journalist, presented a work paper titles “role of media in enhancing culture of community-based peace inside the local Palestinian community”. She believed that local media outlets have not yet played an effective role in raising the awareness of local community towards dialogue and tolerance. She maintained that political rivalry and trade of accusations at the political and media levels have impeded a genuine media role across the community. Albelbaisi called on local media outlets to stay non-biased and help formulate a national media strategy that would assume a fair media role.

Mr. Mohammad Barraka Alnajjar, Mayor for the Maghazi municipality, talked of possible roles by municipal councils inGazaregarding transparency and accountability, especially when it comes to elections and outreach inside the community. He believed that community-based peace are good for all parties concerned, being a common interest. Alnajjar’s paper recommended the following:

-          Promoting the role of preachers of community-based peace and making sure they are protected by law.

-          Expanding community partnership among the various members of the local community as well as fairly distributing powers.

-          Making sure the concepts of religious tolerance promoted.

-          Promoting concepts of social justice and fair distribution of working opportunities.

-          Holding elections on fair basis and periodically by well selecting new local leaderships.

-          Reinforcing concepts of good local governance at all administrative levels

-          Promoting concepts of supremacy of law and social values.

-          Promoting the role of local NGOs and human rights groups.

-          Promoting and reinforcing effective partnership and looking into ways to institutionalize such partnership.

-          Making courts of justice are working properly and within a set of juridical parameters.

-          Promoting the role of observatory bodies, either popular or formal ones.

-          Reinforcing the role of women in a decision-making process, as well as promoting women leaderships for the sake of community-based peace.

Nahed Khalaf, a civil society specialist, ran the second session of the conference and talked of youth as an important category of the local community, considering them to be a great asset in building up the local community side by side with other categories of the community. Khalafd believed that a given society’s development process is measured by youth participation.

Mohsen Abu Ramadan, a leading NGO figure inGazaand head of the Network for NGOs, addressed the participants saying “NGOs have a role to play in promoting and reinforcing dialogue inside the local community. The peaceful speech would help spread concepts of democracy and equality and respect of others”.

Dr. Bahjat Abu Za’nouna, in his paper, addressed the attendees on the role of universities in promoting dialogue and tolerance inside the local community. He made clear that the universities are doing their best to maintain those concepts among youth students, yet he believed that political circumstances are unripe given the spread of political rivalry. As for concepts of tolerance, practiced by the local universities, Abu Za’nouna, explained that democracy is being represented by democratic elections inside the campus in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect among the various student masses.

Again, Mr. Nahed Khalaf, spoke on behalf of Talal Abu Rukba, who apologized for a mourning occasion. Khalaf talked of the importance of youth in promoting community-based peace, as follows:

- Reviving old Palestinian values that are based on tolerance and respect of others, in order to build up a real internal Palestinian relationship.

- Guiding all youth energy towards innovation and creation, in a way to resist the occupation’s policies.

- Raising the new generations both at home and at school on how to embrace concepts of community-based peace.

- Raising the awareness of youth about concepts of community-based peace through holding workshops or seminars.

- Ensure that local media outlets focus on concepts of community-based peace as a main element in seeking Palestinian people’s inalienable rights.

Lawyer Fatma Ashour, concluded the conference by emphasizing on the fact that the Palestinian youth law has been neglected and that there are multiple items of that law that address youth outright. She called for reviving those laws for the best of community-based peace.

The conference came out with a series of recommendations as mentioned above, mainly concentrating efforts by all parties concerned for the sake of ending internal conflicts or disputes and replacing them with a state of political stability. It also suggested that a Palestinian civil society could not be built properly unless concepts of democracy and respect of others are promoted or widespread inside the local community.

SVF Conducted a public session at community-based peace in city of Jenin

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SVF held a public session on the spread of community peace in city ofJenin. The meeting was held at the Human Development Society in cooperation with Sawaed Society ofBethlehem, Students Education House Society on September 8, 2012.

Mufti of Jenin city, Sheikh Mohammad Abuelrub, Police Major, Mojahed Rabay’a , head of public relations at the Jenin Police Station and many other local community representatives including right activists, took part in the session.

Coordinator for SVF in Jenin area, Abdelhakim Shebani, inaugurated the seminar by asserting on the concept that holding such event inPalestinein general and in Jenin city in particular is of significance in terms of the need to spread the culture of community-based peace.

Abeer Qasem, coordinator for the community-based peace with the SVF, emphasized on the need for such a project across the entire West Bank, with the aim of reaching all categories of the local community here for the best of community-based peace and a free-of-violence community. Hassan Alkhatib asserted on the need for partnership between the SVF and other local governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as men of local tribal conciliation, for the best of spreading such a culture.

Mufti, Mohammad Abuelrub, addressed saying “Islamic teachings pertaining to non-violence based on reconciliation and tolerance advised by the Islamic religion”. The Sheikh cited a number of Quran verses and Hadith ‘ Prophet Mohammad’s utterance” as well as historical episodes by companions of the prophet, which all instigated Muslims to embrace concepts of non-violence, tolerance and reconciliation. He said that the Palestinian community should embrace such concepts by spreading them inside homes, schools and universities.

Major Mojahed Rabay’a, emphasize on the need for holding such seminars as a reminder to the local community that would break the barrier between locals and police. He said this would help locals connect to the police department directly for the best of disclosing cases of violence or harassment or attack. He also called on locals to spread among themselves such a culture of peace for the protection of the community out of the various forms of violence.

Laila Sobaih, a social activist, emphasized on the need for spreading such a culture among locals especially between members of the same family and she called for setting up plans or strategies that could promote such a culture.

Nsh’at Abu Murad, a social and sports activist, said that there needs to be a real work on spreading culture of community-based peace in cooperation with local concerned bodies including the Mufti and the police and others.

The participants regarded the session as very good and that participation was effective. The participants raised with a number of recommendations that follow:

  • Amending laws pertaining to crimes by imposing certain capital punishment on those involved in impeding culture of community-based peace.
  • Holding seminars and workshops for family members to enhance such a culture at the family level.
  • Focusing on youth in terms of awareness programs for the best of training those youth, especially adolescents, on ways to embrace dialogue and tolerance as a means to solve problems, therefore, the society could be free-of-violence community.
  • Coordinating fully with concerned bodies, either governmental or non-governmental, in terms of spreading the culture of community-based peace far and wide.