Empowerment Women’s Political Participation

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SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited Activist Nora Eid to talk in a radio show broadcasted by Alwan local radio station on August 29, 2012. Ms. Eid highlighted significance means of democracy, justice and equality among all members of the local community, asserting that Palestinian women have had a significant role to play in Palestinian struggle for the sake of social justice.

She also pointed out those women involvement in political, social and economic developments including affiliation with political parties has proved productive. Yet, a genuine women political participation remains insufficient, according to Eid. Concerning women roles in NGOs and other labor unions, Eid maintained that women have involved in several comprehensive activities or programs in a way that have enabled women to take an efficient role in real political or social development. “Developmental roles of women have extended to remote areas and reached neglected categories of their communities”, Eid made clear.

She recommended concerned bodies to set up comprehensive developmental plans for the sake of broader women political participation. She also called for replacing traditional negative values with modern concepts of democracy, social justice and equality between women and men alike.

Women Role in Decision Making Process

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SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited Dr. Rafiq Al masry, lecturer of Political Sociology, and Mrs. Wejdan Al bayoumi, civil society activist from Palestinian Working Women’s Society, to talk in a live radio show to discuss ‘ Women Role in Decision Making Process ‘, on August 15, 2012.

Al masry confirmed the vital role of the Palestinian women political engagement in the development and of the society. He explained that women political participation requires democratic atmosphere and real effective participation based on equality and social justice between society spectra, including women and men.

Mrs. Bayoumi confirmed that Palestinian women succeeded to occupy high positions at different levels; politically, economically, educationally and socially. Furthermore, they also succeeded through their continuous work and perseverance to achieve the desired objectives. He also discussed the factors that reduced the role of women in the work field; customs, traditions, culture of shame and Personal Status Law as well as fear of failure. On the other side, he also addressed the factors that contributed largely at increasing women’s participation in the community included spreading of education and efficient training and the effective media role in raising their voice all over the world.

In conclusion, both speakers called to promote, stimulate and support women to get their important role in society on social, economic and political levels. They also emphasized on the need to develop a mechanism to increase women participation in the local bodies and activate their role in policy-making process in the local councils.

The Mechanisms of Promoting Women Political Engagement

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited, Mr. Mohammad Al Khateb, civil society activist, and Mr. Yousef Sa’ed, SVF’s activities coordinator,  to talk in a live radio show on Aug 8th 2012, to discuss ‘ The Mechanisms of Promoting Women Political Engagement ‘.

Al Kahteb focused on the important role of women in the community development Process through empowering their active role in the local councils and municipalities. He mentioned also that although the system of the Palestinian society which restricted woman’s movement, her  role has increased more and more in the political life. It was through her participation in the legislative and municipal councils. He also focused on the great impact of her participating in the local councils at strengthening, empowering and increasing women self-confidence.

In his part, Sa’ed emphasized on the importance of increasing the power of the local governance  in following up the local bodies in all respects. He also invited women to the importance of participating in the local elections in order to develop their political, social and economic role. Furthermore, he also confirmed the need to develop mechanisms to activate women’s participation in the community through local councils. He also addressed the necessity of implementing workshops to raise women’s awareness of the importance of their role in building a positive community.

In conclusion, both speakers focused on the need to empower women role in the Palestinian community through increasing her quota. They also confirmed the need to hold more meetings and workshops to raise women awareness of their important role  in the community progress.

Cultural Heritage and Promotion Women Political Engagement

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited Mr. Mohsen Abu Ramdan, Head of PNGO, and Mrs. Azhar Abu Sha’ban, Women Studies Society coordinator, to talk in a live radio show on Aug 1st 2012, to discuss ‘ Cultural Heritage and Promotion Women Political Engagement’.

Abu Ramadan confirmed on the important role of socialization in establishing and consolidating good values ​​and concepts of humanity.  He explained that our culture lacks of respecting women rights and give men the power to manage all social-political process.

Abu Shaban explained that Palestinian women need to take prominent role in political and social participation. Women proved themselves in the society and contributed greatly for several years of struggle and liberation. However, she is still need to attain her rights. Women could not get her rights because of marginalization and discrimination policy and participation in decision-making process. She discussed also the crucial role played by NGOs in advocating and raising awareness of marginalized and disadvantaged groups to practice their rights in order to assure active participation and pluralism in society.

Abu Ramadan emphasized on the necessity to promote political concepts of partnership and pluralism to encourage women and men together in decision-making process. He went beyond this saying “there is a desperate need to develop educational values and concepts of democracy, citizenship and partnership within society, culture of  peace, rule of law, respect public freedoms and other opinions and equality through promoting democracy and citizenship concepts.

Abu Sha’ban expressed the importance of the media outlets in influencing society positively and those interested in social issues and public. Media should raise women issues, public and private discussion on laws and regulations that restrict, discriminate and marginalize women engagement in the political and social arena, she said.

Abu Ramadan said that there is general acceptance in some developing societies to engage women’s social and political work in spite of the customs, traditions, values ​​ and prevailing cultural heritage which a positive sign towards changing the negative stereotype towards women.

At the end of the radio show, both speakers called officials and decision-makers to activate the laws and legislations related to women issues in order to enhance their role socially and politically

Quota System and Woman Political Participation

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited Mrs. Ibtisam Al Za’anin, civil society activist from the General Union of Palestinian Woman, and Mr. Mohammad Al Najar, mayor of Maghazi municipality, to talk in a live radio show to discuss ‘ Quota System and Woman Political Participation’. The program broadcasted by Alwan Radio on July 25th 2012.

Mrs. Za’anin confirmed that women political and social involvement is very crucial to empower their situation in the community at all levels. She also discussed the mechanisms of promoting and increasing their participation in the local councils, parliaments and decision-making positions as well. In this sense, she pointed out that the important need to increase women participation through quota system to ensure their active and prominent participation in the political arena.

In his part, Mr. Al.Najar mentioned that quota system allowed the marginalized and vulnerable communities to participate actively in the councils and parliaments. He also indicated that there is a clear change in the rate of women’s access to decision-making positions after the approval of 20% of women quota.

Mrs. Al Za’anin tackled the causes and the difficulties that forced woman to avoid political participation. She said: ‘there are different factors affected negatively women political engagement involved such as lacking of education and awareness in addition to the discriminatory laws, the economic situation, socialization and the dominant male cultural heritage ‘.

Moreover, Mr Al Najar emphasized that the importance of the media outlets to create and develop basic elements for good human culture among communities and individuals. He said:’ such development has the power to promote the principle of partnership, cooperation and communication as a culture of political and social engagement ‘.

At the end of the meeting, Mr Al Najar and Mrs. Al Za’anin called all the Palestinian political parties to end the political division and unifying efforts toward building and developing a strong nation based on democracy, tolerance and culture of non-violence.

Obstacles and Challenges Facing Women Political Participation

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited the media activist Mrs. Majeda Belbeisi, and the civil society activist Mrs. Youser Atrash to talk in a live radio show on Alwan Radio to discuss ‘ Obstacles and Challenges Facing Women Political Participation ‘. The program broadcasted by Alwan Radio on July 18th 2012. Mrs. Belbeisi discussed the importance of women political and social participation. Mrs. Belbeisi considered that this legal right is one of the most important rights which can be achieved through equality, social justice and effective women participation in cooperation with the other parties as well.

In her part, Mrs. Atrash confirmed that the women movement plays a major role in strengthening and activating women political and social arena; however, there are some obstacles and difficulties that hinder woman participation to different political and decision making process.

Mrs.  Balbisi indicated that the complementary role between men and women in political and social life is very important to promote women participation. She said women need to be supported in their rights to occupy effective position in the decision-making process.

Mrs. Atrash mentioned that women’s quota was an effective and real step towards women political participation through councils, parliaments and various decision-making positions.

In conclusion, Mrs Atrash and Mrs  Balbisi recommended to promote women political engagement and to develop the concept of social justice and equality in the society. They also called all the officials, decision makers and women to work together to amend legislative laws supporting women political rights.

Women Political Situation and Challenges

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited Ms. HananAbu Mashayekh, member ofMaghzaiMunicipality, and Mrs. Mariam Abu Dakkah, chairman of Women Community Studies, to talk in a live radio show to discuss ‘Women Political Participation Situation and Challenges ‘. The program broadcasted by Alwan Radio on July 11, 2012. Mrs.Abu Dakka tackled the key role of women political and social participation in improving the society. However, she also discussed some challenges hindering this progress inPalestine. She considers the negative influence of social and political division as one of these challenges that have already increased violence phenomena and decreased Palestinian unity.

In her part, Mrs. Abu Mashayekh confirmed on the importance of implementing political and social rights of women according to international conventions and basic laws. In this sense, she said: ‘ we are individuals and citizens in this community, we have to work together to develop and activate strategies and programs to increase women awareness of political and social rights in order to promote their community engagement at all levels’.

Mrs. Abu Dakkah emphasized also on the great role played by women institutions in developing programs and making every efforts to strengthen women’s participation politically and socially. She also commented:  ‘ the political and social division affected negatively the work of these institutions to advocate and defend women political rights ‘. However, she indicated that women institutions succeeded to overcome such obstacles and achieve progress in developing women political engagement.

Mrs. Abu Mashaekh pointed out that the Palestinian woman facing many difficulties and obstacles that have already restricted their participation in the political arena. These included lacking of trained and skilled women. However, women have contributed, fought and sacrificed so much for the liberation process and positive change to occupy political and decision-making positions.

In the end of the radio show, both speakers called to activate and promote women’s political participation and equality.

Women Enhancement Role of Political Participation

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited Ms. Wesam Jouda, civil society activist fromWomenAffairesCenter, and Mrs. So’ad Shawaf, member of the General Union of Palestinian Women, to talk in a live radio show to discuss ‘ Women Enhancement Role of Political Participation ‘. The program broadcasted by Alwan Radio on July 7th, 2012. Mrs. Jouda mentioned that Palestinian women played an active and vocal role in Palestinian political life for generations. While most women political leaders have certainly not been well-known as men leader, women have played numerous roles in the Palestinian political system, and occupied key decision-making positions. She continued much more needs to be done to encourage women political participation.

She said: no one denies women contributions and their quest for positive change and community liberation process. According to Shwaf, women succeeded to reach parliaments, local councils and decision-making positions. They succeeded to occupy high positions in the political arena strongly and effectively.

Mrs. Shwaf also indicated that women organizations play a key role in promoting women situation at different levels. She confirmed that they are still seeking to activate and develop women’s political participation through launching initiatives and activities to promote and reinforce their real political participation. She discussed that political support is extremely important in the Palestinian territories because the gains will not be significant without the support of official leadership and community to women’s causes.

In conclusion, both speakers demanded officials and decision-makers to activate the laws and conventions that increase and develop women political participation. They called to end the socio-political division as one of the most obstacles and challenges facing positive development and political participation.

Palestinian Women’s Political Rights

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited the lawyer Mrs. Fattmah Ashour and Mrs. Faten Bayoumi, civil society activist from Women Affaires Center, to talk in a live radio show broadcasted by Alwan Radio on June 27 2012. The program raised and discussed ‘ Palestinian Women’s Political Rights’. Mrs. Ashour pointed out the vital role of women political and social participation. She said: international conventions and local legislations guaranteed women political and social rights and supported their engagement in decision-making process.

Mrs. Bayoumi indicated that legal and human rights organizations play a key role in assisting and increasing women’s political engagement. However, there is a necessity to enhance genuine democratic atmosphere to contribute to empowerment women political and social participation. More, there is an urgent need to increase women political participation in decision-making process and political parties. She said this can be achieved through increasing women’s quotas representation in order to take leading roles in the governmental committees.

She tackled also the most difficulties and challenges facing women political participation. She said that there is a gap in the legislative laws and the implementation on the ground. She added that cultural heritage and the negative stereotypes of women have already limited their participation in political process. She said: changing and improving laws are very important, but education and dialogue are becoming much more crucial need to challenge negative traditions and cultures. However, she said women succeeded to achieve high positions in social and cultural levels and she has the right to get engaged in political and public arena as well.

In conclusion, both speakers called decision-makers, officials and those interested to increase efforts to advocate women political rights and empower their participation indecision-making process.

Women CSOs Role in Promoting Women Political Engagement

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited Mrs. HananSiam, civil society activist from Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development, and Mrs. Huda Alian, civil society activist from the Public Union of Palestinian Woman, to talk in a live radio show broadcasted by Alwan Radio on June 20th 2012. The speakers discussed ‘ Women CSOs Role at Promoting Women Political Engagement’.

Mrs.Siamindicated that the Palestinian Women Organizations play significant role to promote the political participation process. She also mentioned that the international conventions ensured that the laws call to end all forms of discrimination against women. The laws ensure to increase their active and effective political and social engagement within community as well. Mrs.Siamdiscussed the difficulties and obstacles that undermine women CSO’s efforts in playing an active role in promoting the political participation process. She said: ‘weakness of Palestinian Civil Society, their hesitation in being pioneers for a change, and their relations with the various political parties are the most factors that affect women political and social engagement’.  She said that negative stereotype of Palestinian women influenced their political participation within society.

Mrs. Alian pointed out that women contribute largely to the political and social work and they have achieved many and varied success at different levels including local councils, parliaments and decision-making positions. She also confirmed that coordination and networking between NGOs and CSOs needs double efforts to overcome difficulties and obstacles facing women political engagement.   She also described the relationship among women CSO’s as non-organized and not as required. In this sense, she also indicated that the implemented programs in this regard aim to enhance the capacity and women in politics.

In conclusion, both speakers agreed that Palestinian NGO’s play a vital role in building a civil society inPalestine. They raised some recommendations to promote the role of Palestinian civil society and women political participation inPalestine.