SVF organized a peaceful summer academy In Rafah

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SVF organized a peaceful summer academy for young leaders of the project in Rafah city ofGaza Strip on July 15, 2012. The summer Academy continued for 10 days. The participants had an opportunity to discuss thoroughly certain issues focusing on peace building culture and practices. They also tackled the issues of empowerment the marginalized groups in the Palestinian territories to contribute to community peace and reconciliation process. The activities and outcome of the summer camps documented in the project publications” supplement. SVF invited some leaders and civil society experts to talk to young leaders about their successful stories in community work including obstacles and problems facing peace building.

The Academy divided into several corners and stages to discuss several topics as follows:

    1. Changing behaviours and attitudes from violence to respect peace process and non-violence;
    2. Non-violence, dialogue and peaceful actions impact on the society;
    3. Impact of negative violence on the progress human rights development and good governance inPalestine.
    4. Role of different sectors of society in curbing violence and empowering human rights practices.
    5. Respecting human rights, decision making process and development;
    6. NGOs role in promoting culture of conflict resolution and peace-building;
    7. The impact of customs and traditions on peace-building. Remove Misperception and Stereotyping
    8. Peace and Religion
    9. Ethics of politics and diplomacy in making peace
    10. Encouraging Reconciliation and Tolerance
    11. Peace and development
    12. Impact of peaceful Coalition on tolerance
    13. Promote Culture of non-violence
    14. Gender and Peace
    15. IT and Peace
    16. Peaceful Advocacy and Campaign
    17. The role of Religion in making peace
    18. Civil Society role in making peace
    19. Higher education role in making peace

 

The participants expressed their happiness and enjoyment to spend a great time in the summer academy. They founded a peaceful place to express their views and shared their ideas with activators, colleagues and friends. They appreciated the efforts of SVF in organising the event. They called the SVF to organise more summer events in the future.

 

The summer academy came out with a number of recommendations that follow:

  • Organising annual summer camps for youth on tolerance and dialogue.

 

  • Encouraging youth to use the social media networks more effectively and positively to promote peace and reconciliation.

 

  • Developing and improve community campaigns to educate youth and women on peace building and development.

 

  • Promoting media campaigns to discuss the obstacles facing community peace building.

 

  • Enhancing dialogue among youth from different segments.

 

  • Developing coordination and network among different organisations, CBOs, governments, political parties and groups to increase culture of non-violence and peace

 

  • Improving the relationship between youth and the different local organisations

 

  • Organising more well-planned activities to tackle the problem of the Palestinian division.

 

  • Increasing the media production that promotes dialogue and tolerance.

 

  • Reforming laws to improve culture of community-based peace.

 

  • Organising community actions to enhance the culture of family’s members in peace building and reconciliation level.

 

  • Empowerment women political and social participation to get engaged actively and positively in the peace building and reconciliation process.

 

SVF organized training courses to enhance women’s political participation

Gaza – SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program accomplished four training courses entitled ‘ Empowerment  political and social participation of Palestinian women ‘  in cooperation  with Women Programs Centers of Nusseirat, Khan Yunis, Rafah and Beach Camp. The  training courses targeted 130 active women graduates and volunteers. The training courses are funded by the NGOs Development Center – NDC. The courses discussed and analysed a number of themes to empower women social and political participation. These topics discussed social and political reality and reflection on women in the international conventions and Palestinian laws. They highlighted also the experience of women’s leadership in the election of local councils, the role of media in strengthening and activating women  political participation as well as management and implementation of advocacy campaigns to strengthen women role in the political process.
Mrs. Fidaa’ Ghanem, program manager, said that these courses aimed to enhance political participation of Palestinian women . She continued: ‘ this kind of participation contribute to achieve a genuine partnership in policy-making process’ . In this sense, she confirmed on the fact that young women play a crucial role in society and have enough capacities and energies to affect decision-making process.
Mrs. Ghanem also emphasized  that these courses are parts of other community activities aiming to increase women engagement in the political and democratic process. These activities are public meetings,  producing  a number of  publications and newsletters, and radio shows discussing urgent political issues with decision makers and community leaders.

A number of highly qualified coaches whose professional experience in the field of training and community work supervised and conducted the training sessions.

SVF Organised Community-based peace, Tolerance and Dialogue Training in Jenin

SVF completed a training course on promotion community-based peace, tolerance and dialogue in Jenin. The course lasted for four days (30 hours) and targeted 32 young leaders. This training is funded by EC. The training conducted in cooperation with Human Community. A number of the civil and governmental institutions in Jenin governorate participated in the opening session.

Mr. Abed Al Hakim, director for Human Community Association appreciated the great role of Society Voice Foundation in spreading culture of community peace. He also confirmed the vital role of disseminating community peace to increase cohesion and constructive understanding within community.Mr. Loa’y Oka and Hassan Kateeb delivered training to promote peaceful concepts of civil peace and their impact on Palestinian society. Mr. Oka tackled different types of advocacy and lobby campaigns to promote and disseminate the culture of community- based peace in the Palestinian society.Mrs. Abeer Qasim, SVF’s coordinator confirmed the significant active role of NGOs and CSOs in promoting and increasing culture of community and social peace. She also maintained the great need of conducting such kind of courses to empower the Palestinian youth in spreading the culture of community-based peace. She added: this training will contribute to resolve internal conflicts peacefully and build democratic society based on non-violence and accepting others.

Mrs. Qasim emphasized that the SVF will organize a number of public awareness meetings and live radio shows in the West Bank to disseminate those peaceful concepts and practices.  She continued: these activities will reach the largest number of participants and beneficiaries in order to mobilize new energies and capacities of young leadership to build democratic civil society free of violence.

 

Community Meeting: Promotion Woman’s Political Engagement

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SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program organized a community meeting to discuss “Woman’s Political Engagement” on June  9th, 2012. 60 women and young leaders attended this meeting from Al Fadila Women Society in Nuseirat.

Mrs. Sanaa’ Hassnat, civil society activist facilitated the debate focusing on women’s key role in political engagement. Mrs. Hasnat discussed the impact of women’s important role in community development Process. She indicated that women’s participation in the political development process will give her enough power to share responsibilities and obligations, which contribute to development of society in various fields. She also discussed the impact of political participation as an important factor of democracy. She pointed out that women’s social and economic liberation will increase her education as a key element of activating her political participation.

She also discussed the impact of women’s organizations in promoting women’s political awareness by implementing  educational, awareness, and cultural programs. There were a number of views raised to by participants in this context.  Mrs. Fatma Abu Khadra, a community volunteer and participant in the debate recommended and called community organizations to improve their actions of empowering women political engagement. These actions will empower women to get  opportunities to express their views without fears or hesitations to advocate their rights and issues aswell.

In this context, Mr. Yousef Sad, a civil society activist from SVF concluded the meeting urging community and women to increase their roles in the political process to achieve freedoms, independence, equality and social justice.

 

Public Meeting: the role of media tools in promoting community-based peace

SVF’s Youth Program for Dialogue, Tolerance and Reconciliation organized a public meeting to discuss the role of media tools in promoting community-based peace, in coordination with Al Tawasol Society for Development in Khanyounis. Mr. Jehad Ahmed facilitated the meeting and discussed the effective role of media in influencing the communities. He said that media succeeded to affect the Arab history through the later events of Arab spring revolutions.

He also indicated that the concept tof community-based peace maintains safety for all people living on the ground, and avoid the using of means of torture, killings and displacement. He maintained the positive effect of implementing such concepts on Arab communities especially the Palestinian society. He also pointed out the role of different media outlets, especially social networks and electronic websites, to promote a culture of community-based peace and empowering communities to rebuild the social union.

On the other side, he emphasized on the necessity of formulating information materials to strengthen tolerance and culture of peace. He added: ‘ this will contribute largely to facilitate the implementation the national reconciliation.

In conclusion, the participants demanded CSOs to organize more awareness seminars and meetings to increase community awareness of culture of tolerance, dialogue and accepting.

Community Meeting: Promotion Woman’s Political Engagement

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program organized a community meeting to discuss “Woman’s Political Engagement” on June  9th, 2012. 60 women and young leaders attended this meeting from Al Fadila Women Society in Nuseirat.

Mrs. Sanaa’ Hassnat, civil society activist facilitated the debate focusing on women’s key role in political engagement. Mrs. Hasnat discussed the impact of women’s important role in community development Process. She indicated that women’s participation in the political development process will give her enough power to share responsibilities and obligations, which contribute to development of society in various fields. She also discussed the impact of political participation as an important factor of democracy. She pointed out that women’s social and economic liberation will increase her education as a key element of activating her political participation.

She also discussed the impact of women’s organizations in promoting women’s political awareness by implementing  educational, awareness, and cultural programs. There were a number of views raised to by participants in this context.  Mrs. Fatma Abu Khadra, a community volunteer and participant in the debate recommended and called community organizations to improve their actions of empowering women political engagement. These actions will empower women to get  opportunities to express their views without fears or hesitations to advocate their rights and issues aswell.

In this context, Mr. Yousef Sad, a civil society activist from SVF concluded the meeting urging community and women to increase their roles in the political process to achieve freedoms, independence, equality and social justice. He also called all CSOs, NGOs and media to work together to promote women political participation.

Women Movement and Challenges …..For Where

15 May, 2012 News No comments

SVF and its partner, Maghazi Women Activity Centre succeeded to organize a one day conference to conclude the project’s achievements and getting recommendations for future similar actions from the participants and speakers as well. The conference entitled a broader on “Women Movement and Challenges …..For Where” at the Palestinian Red Crescent Association, Tal Alhawa, Gaza on May 14th, 2009. It was held between 09:00 a.m. and 14:00 p.m. attended by a greater number of participants from different stakeholders, civil society representatives, active women, human rights’ specialists, community activists, legal scholars, media, universities’ students, graduates and women’s institutions. The inaugural session was opened by a welcoming word for the SVF’s director, Mr. Ibrahim Natil.

The first session tackled “Women Movement and violence phenomenon in Gaza Strip”. Mrs. Ibtesam Alza’aneen, social worker and member of the high administrative assembly of the Palestinian Women Union. During the talks, the impact of violence phenomenon in any society and the women movement role was analyzed and discussed. In her role, Mrs. Alza’aneen presented her paper on ” Women Movement in Gaza Strip between Reality and challenges” by saying that the next step requires building and formalizing firm satisfaction on the necessity of uniting women agendas through adopting mechanisms take into account women developed characteristics on the systematic level referring to importance of giving priority of general women interests over self-interests. In this context, she pointed out the necessity of achieving and fulfilling Palestinian woman needs and interests by the women movement specially stopping violence against woman besides putting works’ plans take into consideration urgent situation to achieve women requirements.

In her role, Mrs. Flora Al.Masri, legal activist discussed in detail violence phenomenon in Gaza Strip and presented her paper on ” violence phenomenon in Gaza Strip” by defining violence, violence kinds, reasons and its negative impact on woman, family and the whole community. She referred that the most important reason to spread such phenomenon is the woman herself due to her subjugating, accepting to violence as well as her ignorance to her rights beside other cultural, social, political, economic and other surrounded factors.

During the second session, Mrs. Majda Albalbesi, journalist and social worker, presented an important issue has disseminated recently in the Palestinian community largely on killing women on honor backgrounds assisting on the importance of changing the negative expression to killing on social backgrounds instead of honor issues that gives perpetrator and the community the excuse to accept such crimes. In her paper, she showed important statistics refer to increase women killing averages in Gaza Strip to reach 15 killing cases on social backgrounds issue in Gaza Strip and the West Bank during 2008. According to the present year (2009), 4 women were killed in Gaza Strip during the first three months. In the second session, Mr. Mohsen Abu Ramdan, developmental searcher, discussed in his paper ” NGO’s role to stop violence issues against woman “. He referred that in our community male dominance is the prevailing culture indicating that despite woman participation in work and education field, she lakes a lot of her rights guarantee equality citizenship.

In this context, he pointed out that violence is an international phenomenon and it connects directly to poverty that leads to a lot of social and psychological crises. Hence he indicated to the importance of NGO’s coalition to raise community and woman awareness to stop violence phenomenon against woman with assisting on the great role falls upon officials and decision-makers. In addition, he emphasized on the importance role of the schools and mosques to contribute at social changing towards community development and raising.

In the third session, ” legal institutions role at stopping violence against woman ” a paper presented by Mr. Salah Abed Al’ati, director of Independent Commission Office for Human Rights, Gaza. He criticized the violations of freedoms and human rights in Gaza that the Palestinian community witnesses daily. Accordingly, he invited community and legal organizations to take more procedures and actions and challenge obstacles and difficulties face them especially in an environment with legal system disables to protect citizens rights. furthermore, he assisted on the necessity of legal protection to apply law as well as independent judicial authority either in Gaza or the West Bank. In his role, Mr. Talal Okal presented a paper on” violence against woman from the media perspective”. He assisted that the Palestinian media plays an important role at challenging and facing the occupation but it lakes its creativeness when it tackles and discusses social problems and issues especially violence against woman. Therefore, the media should play an important role in highlighting women role models by creating discussions with families, opening new perspectives for individuals and slowly but surely, contributing to making change within the society.

In conclusion, the participants assisted on the importance of adopting practical strategies and mechanisms of women’s institutions and bodies to assist woman issues and merging those strategies with surrounded environment to target all groups of women specially the marginal areas. Besides, the participants emphasized that there is a great opportunity to use media as a tool to give Palestinian society and Palestinian women in specific a real voice, face and full-life and representation.

SVF Organized a Workshop, ‘ Activating Palestinian Laws to Stop Violence against Women

18 January, 2008 News, Trainings No comments

 

SVF organized a one day workshop on “Activating Laws on Violence against Women” targeting 90 participants from different stakeholders such as (media, human rights’ specialists, civil society representatives, active women, some active civil society organizations, academics…etc.) The workshop organized at Grand Palace Hotel on November 22, 2007 between 10:00 a.m. 13:00 p.m. Mr. Ibrahim Natil, SVF director inaugurated the discussion of the workshop welcoming the participants. He ensured the importance role of the Society Voice along the other active civil society institutions and stakeholders to establish a democracy civil society based on multiplicity and tolerance.

According to the studies, Mr. Taal’at Bathatho (Civil Society Specialist – SVF) pointed to the studies proved that violence is not often take place on legal and Islamic backgrounds. They are happened on the cultural heritage without punish the commission.

The lawyer Mr. Ameed Ashour focused on the necessity of protecting women from all forms of violence. He ensured that woman is still faced social discrimination, because of the absence of legal materials and conducting the traditions and the habits in spite of her great role, struggles and sacrifices, side by side with the man. Mr. Ashour pointed to the applicable Panel law which had never modificated, and the separation between the applicable laws in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Mrs. Sherien Shaheen blamed the law which provides the protection and the cover to continue the serial crimes, and she pointed to the Islamic view which forbids the killing and she cited Qura’nic verses.

The participants makes the following recommendations to assist the PA in reforming its laws and practices to comply with international standards in order to ensure that Palestinian women are able to exercise their full range of human rights free from violence:

  • There is a need for long-term work on transforming attitudes and beliefs about the acceptability of violence against women and girls, whether stemming from tribal customs or interpretations of religious norms, or other sources. These efforts are best led by local advocates for women’s rights who live and work in the community, but deserve public support and promotion by the PA and international support.
  • To preventing violence against women and pursuing these crimes through effective investigations and prosecutions. The PA should enact laws criminalizing all forms of family violence and repeal legal provisions that in intent or effect perpetuate or condone violence against women.
  •  The PA should also train all government employees (including police officers, doctors, governors, and forensic experts) who come into contact with victims of physical and sexual violence on how to deal with such cases appropriately and establish clear and explicit guidelines of intervention in line with international standards. Many of these training materials have already been developed and pioneered by Palestinian NGOs and should be considered by the governmental and supported with any available funding.
  • Establish specialized centers, for legal consultation and psychological support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. These centers should be accessible and adequately staffed and funded to assist all victims in a timely manner.
  • Establish quality shelters or other safe spaces for women survivors of violence that function as refuges without compromising women’s privacy, and personal autonomy.
  • Increase programs providing services for victims of violence. These services should include women’s shelters, medical care, counseling, literacy classes, job/skills training, and legal aid

SVF organized a conference discusses women’s reality and challenges

31 December, 2007 News

In a conference organized by Society Voice Foundation in cooperation with Al-Aqsa University on (women in view of recent circumstances: reality and challenges), attended by hundred