Woman Role in Decision-Making Process within Local Councils

SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program invited Mrs. Hanan Abu Mashayekh, member of Maghazi Municipal Council and Mrs. Rana Hamdan, a member of the Municipal Council of Zahra, to talk in a live radio show at Alwan local radio to discuss ‘ Woman Role in Decision-Making Process within Local Councils ‘ on June 13th, 2012.

Mrs. Abu Mashayekh tackled the importance role of women in political and community participation in decision-making process. She considered their representative in the local councils and parliaments is a positive and effective development towards improving their situation in the community.

Mrs. Hamdan expressed that heavenly religions and international conventions stipulated and ensured women’s rights like the other party, and she has the right to occupy prominent and active positions in the political and social life.

In her turn, Mrs. Abu Mashayekh discussed the most challenges and difficulties facing women participation in parliament, local councils and decision-making process. She indicated that prevailing of dominant cultural heritage, customs and traditions in the community contributed to decreasing of women active participation in community and decision making process. She added that poor women’s staff besides the negative stereotyping of women which rejects all forms of women integration in the community also affected negatively their situation in the community.

However, Mrs. Hamdan confirmed that women succeeded to overcome such challenges and achieve progress at increasing their political and social involvement. In this sense, she maintained that CSOs, CBOs and women organizations networks influenced largely and effectively women engagement in decision making, local councils and parliaments.

In conclusion, both speakers called decision makers and officials on the need to ensure women’s rights and their fundamental, political freedoms and dissemination and promotion the concept of partnership and equality across community.

CBOs Role in the Women Development

SVF invited Mr. Hossein Abu Mansour, Manager of Jabalia Association for Rehabilitation, and Mrs. Fattma Al.Wehedi, specialist in Benna’ Project Campaigns – Women’s Affaires Center, to talk in produced and broadcasted radio program to discuss NGO’s role empower and enhance woman role on November 26, 2008. Mr. Abu Mansour indicated that Palestinian woman percentage in Gaza and the West Bank presents half of the community. In spite of that, he assisted that she presents the whole community according to duties and actions she does. Furthermore, he assisted on the necessity of developing labour woman capacities to empower her role in the civic community largely. He also indicated that the public situation we live in particular the siege affects the NGO’s role. Hence, there are two problems affect the Palestinians in Gaza Strip; poverty and unemployment besides deterioration at providing services in general. Accordingly, he emphasized on the great responsibility falls upon the NGOs and the civic community organizations to raise citizens of violence risks which increased as a result of the current circumstances as well as they should develop and empower woman skills in all aspects; professional training and social and healthy raising. In this regard, he invited NGOs to put long-term supplying plans as well as deepen the relationship between institutions bases on enhancing woman empowerment concept in the community towards the great goal to develop the community in general and the woman capacities in particular. In her role, Mrs. Al.Wehadi indicated that woman empowerment in the healthy aspects and the sexual culturing affects woman health. Moreover, the NGO’s role is very important to raise and disseminate woman and community awareness. In spite of that, there is shortening in the provided services for the community development. Hence, she invited NGO’s to supply their services to poor areas enhance voluntary work in such centers. In conclusion, she recommended on the necessity of coordinating and cooperating between NGO’s to build bridge of confidence towards enhancing and empowering woman participation in the community.SVF invited Mr. Hossein Abu Mansour, Manager of Jabalia Association for Rehabilitation, and Mrs. Fattma Al.Wehedi, specialist in Benna’ Project Campaigns – Women’s Affaires Center, to talk in produced and broadcasted radio program to discuss NGO’s role empower and enhance woman role on November 26, 2008. Mr. Abu Mansour indicated that Palestinian woman percentage in Gaza and the West Bank presents half of the community. In spite of that, he assisted that she presents the whole community according to duties and actions she does. Furthermore, he assisted on the necessity of developing labour woman capacities to empower her role in the civic community largely. He also indicated that the public situation we live in particular the siege affects the NGO’s role. Hence, there are two problems affect the Palestinians in Gaza Strip; poverty and unemployment besides deterioration at providing services in general. Accordingly, he emphasized on the great responsibility falls upon the NGOs and the civic community organizations to raise citizens of violence risks which increased as a result of the current circumstances as well as they should develop and empower woman skills in all aspects; professional training and social and healthy raising. In this regard, he invited NGOs to put long-term supplying plans as well as deepen the relationship between institutions bases on enhancing woman empowerment concept in the community towards the great goal to develop the community in general and the woman capacities in particular. In her role, Mrs. Al.Wehadi indicated that woman empowerment in the healthy aspects and the sexual culturing affects woman health. Moreover, the NGO’s role is very important to raise and disseminate woman and community awareness. In spite of that, there is shortening in the provided services for the community development. Hence, she invited NGO’s to supply their services to poor areas enhance voluntary work in such centers. In conclusion, she recommended on the necessity of coordinating and cooperating between NGO’s to build bridge of confidence towards enhancing and empowering woman participation in the community.

Palestinian woman situation under siege

SVF invited Mr. Hani Habib, writer and journalism, and Mrs. Ibtesam Al.Zorai’i, social worker, to talk in produced and broadcasted radio program to discuss Palestinian woman situation under siege on August 27,2008. in his role, Mr.Habib indicated to the difficult circumstances the Palestinians live under the Israeli siege left its effect on the all the life aspects. He also referred that the siege has a military and security dimension beside the economic one aims to submit the Palestinian people to the Israeli occupation. Hence, he pointed out the Palestinian woman suffers during the Israeli siege who tolerates most heavy burdens. Furthermore, he assisted on the importance of support and empower labourer woman who contributes largely at supplying her family beside promote and enhance her great role in the community. in this regard, he assisted on the integral part falls upon the NGO’s as well as the civic community organizations to empower woman role in the community and provide her services to achieve high positions along with raise community awareness to support and enhance her status. In her role, Mrs. Al.Zorai’i commented that the Palestinian woman suffers a hard economic situation due to several factors include the most one which is the Israeli occupation. All of that led woman to seek to work under several and hard obstacles from the community. on the other side, Mrs. Ibtisam indicated some reasons that imposed the Palestinian families to marry their daughters early including the economic factor. Moreover, she considered the begging is a permanent phenomenon relevant to siege. In addition, woman begging is refused completely and the CBOs have to play an important role to stop this phenomenon. In conclusion, she invited the media to make awareness campaigns to raise woman status and role in the community.

Political and Democratic Participation Project

SVF invited Mrs. Sherien Khalifa, informational in women issues and affaires, and Mr. Ayman Abu Kraiem, social worker in the SVF, to talk in produced and broadcasted radio program on ” Political and Democratic Participation Project” on December 12, 2008.

Mrs. Khalifa believes it is a “very important position that women be in legislative council”, though she stressed it is not easy for a woman to take this role due to factors such as culture and social expectations. However, she believes the presence of women in the legislative council is important despite these obstacles. When it comes to the role of women in political activism, specifically as representatives of the PLC, Khalifa said the election of 17 women in the West Bank and Gaza was a positive beginning, but she is hoping for more women to be elected in the future. In her role, she assisted on the importance of working to open the way for more women to be in decision making positions; she wanted woman to be in the council because she has worked hard and has earned her position. In other words, “Women must struggle to be elected the normal way. In this regard, she discussed the two main areas that must change if women are to take a larger role in the Palestinian political area. “Women must pursue any chance to be elected, but culture must also change,” she noted. Hence, she stressed the need for more advocacy and education among men and women in Palestine. Secondly, political parties have a responsibility to make changes as well. It is necessary to appoint more women within each party to positions of leadership and responsibility to demonstrate that women belong anywhere. In his role, Mr. Kraiem tackled Empower Women Political and Social Participation Project idea and goal which resulted of continuous efforts of projects had conducted by the SVF. Furthermore, he referred to project activities which united 12 parliamentary meetings and the summer university. Additionally, he talked about the SVF’s formal women parliament beside the women parliamentary session which constitutes initial step towards enhancing and improving woman political participation. moreover, he discussed the obstacles and challenges faced project success. However, SVF succeeded to encounter impediments to achieve woman improvement in the political and social participation.

Women’s Parliament….Hopes and Aspirations

SVF invited Mrs. Helana Al.Swally, social worker, Mrs. Amal Abu Dalal, Voluntary Women’s vice-chairman, and Mr. Ayman Abu Kraiem, coordinator in the SVF, to talk in produced and broadcasted radio program on ” Women’s Parliament….Hopes and Aspirations”, on December 3,2008.

Mrs. Abu Dalal referred that the Palestinian woman has no knowledge of her rights in spite of the great role the media plays to raise and empower woman participation and role in the community. Furthermore, she assisted on the necessity of giving woman her right in elections and voting. Hence, she indicated that habits and traditions constitute obstacle in front of woman development and raising. So she referred on the importance of overcoming impediments by conducting more seminars and conferences besides awareness sessions to raise woman and community awareness of her political and social rights and to enhance positive community culture towards woman protection. In her role, Mrs. Al.Sawali commended the Palestinian woman struggles and roles to prove herself and improve her status throughout the ages. In this regard, she pointed out the formal women parliament conducted by the SVF and its contribution to enhance and empower woman political and social participation and motivate her to make decision and assume high positions in the community. She indicated that such parliament contributes largely to raise young women awareness of parliamentary work mechanisms through conducting more women parliamentary sessions to discuss women affaires and issues. Furthermore, she assisted on the importance of providing more chances to woman in the political and social participation through improving her participation in the women quota to promote and empower her role and presentation in all social and political community aspects. In his role, Mrs. Abu Kraiem indicated to women parliament that conducted by the SVF, funded by MEPI, and thanked all the CBO’s and NGO’s coordinated with to contribute at succeeding the project actions.

CBOs Role in the Women Development

SVF invited Mr. Hossein Abu Mansour, Manager of Jabalia Association for Rehabilitation, and Mrs. Fattma Al.Wehedi, specialist in Benna’ Project Campaigns – Women’s Affaires Center, to talk in produced and broadcasted radio program to discuss NGO’s role empower and enhance woman role on November 26, 2008. Mr. Abu Mansour indicated that Palestinian woman percentage in Gaza and the West Bank presents half of the community. In spite of that, he assisted that she presents the whole community according to duties and actions she does. Furthermore, he assisted on the necessity of developing labour woman capacities to empower her role in the civic community largely. He also indicated that the public situation we live in particular the siege affects the NGO’s role. Hence, there are two problems affect the Palestinians in Gaza Strip; poverty and unemployment besides deterioration at providing services in general. Accordingly, he emphasized on the great responsibility falls upon the NGOs and the civic community organizations to raise citizens of violence risks which increased as a result of the current circumstances as well as they should develop and empower woman skills in all aspects; professional training and social and healthy raising. In this regard, he invited NGOs to put long-term supplying plans as well as deepen the relationship between institutions bases on enhancing woman empowerment concept in the community towards the great goal to develop the community in general and the woman capacities in particular. In her role, Mrs. Al.Wehadi indicated that woman empowerment in the healthy aspects and the sexual culturing affects woman health. Moreover, the NGO’s role is very important to raise and disseminate woman and community awareness. In spite of that, there is shortening in the provided services for the community development. Hence, she invited NGO’s to supply their services to poor areas enhance voluntary work in such centers. In conclusion, she recommended on the necessity of coordinating and cooperating between NGO’s to build bridge of confidence towards enhancing and empowering woman participation in the community.SVF invited Mr. Hossein Abu Mansour, Manager of Jabalia Association for Rehabilitation, and Mrs. Fattma Al.Wehedi, specialist in Benna’ Project Campaigns – Women’s Affaires Center, to talk in produced and broadcasted radio program to discuss NGO’s role empower and enhance woman role on November 26, 2008. Mr. Abu Mansour indicated that Palestinian woman percentage in Gaza and the West Bank presents half of the community. In spite of that, he assisted that she presents the whole community according to duties and actions she does. Furthermore, he assisted on the necessity of developing labour woman capacities to empower her role in the civic community largely. He also indicated that the public situation we live in particular the siege affects the NGO’s role. Hence, there are two problems affect the Palestinians in Gaza Strip; poverty and unemployment besides deterioration at providing services in general. Accordingly, he emphasized on the great responsibility falls upon the NGOs and the civic community organizations to raise citizens of violence risks which increased as a result of the current circumstances as well as they should develop and empower woman skills in all aspects; professional training and social and healthy raising. In this regard, he invited NGOs to put long-term supplying plans as well as deepen the relationship between institutions bases on enhancing woman empowerment concept in the community towards the great goal to develop the community in general and the woman capacities in particular. In her role, Mrs. Al.Wehadi indicated that woman empowerment in the healthy aspects and the sexual culturing affects woman health. Moreover, the NGO’s role is very important to raise and disseminate woman and community awareness. In spite of that, there is shortening in the provided services for the community development. Hence, she invited NGO’s to supply their services to poor areas enhance voluntary work in such centers. In conclusion, she recommended on the necessity of coordinating and cooperating between NGO’s to build bridge of confidence towards enhancing and empowering woman participation in the community.

Women’s Parliament….Hopes and Aspirations

SVF invited Mrs. Helana Al.Swally, social worker, Mrs. Amal Abu Dalal, Voluntary Women’s vice-chairman, and Mr. Ayman Abu Kraiem, coordinator in the SVF, to talk in produced and broadcasted radio program on ” Women’s Parliament….Hopes and Aspirations”, on December 3,2008.

Mrs. Abu Dalal referred that the Palestinian woman has no knowledge of her rights in spite of the great role the media plays to raise and empower woman participation and role in the community. Furthermore, she assisted on the necessity of giving woman her right in elections and voting. Hence, she indicated that habits and traditions constitute obstacle in front of woman development and raising. So she referred on the importance of overcoming impediments by conducting more seminars and conferences besides awareness sessions to raise woman and community awareness of her political and social rights and to enhance positive community culture towards woman protection. In her role, Mrs. Al.Sawali commended the Palestinian woman struggles and roles to prove herself and improve her status throughout the ages. In this regard, she pointed out the formal women parliament conducted by the SVF and its contribution to enhance and empower woman political and social participation and motivate her to make decision and assume high positions in the community. She indicated that such parliament contributes largely to raise young women awareness of parliamentary work mechanisms through conducting more women parliamentary sessions to discuss women affaires and issues. Furthermore, she assisted on the importance of providing more chances to woman in the political and social participation through improving her participation in the women quota to promote and empower her role and presentation in all social and political community aspects. In his role, Mrs. Abu Kraiem indicated to women parliament that conducted by the SVF, funded by MEPI, and thanked all the CBO’s and NGO’s coordinated with to contribute at succeeding the project actions.

Woman’s Social and Political Participation

SVF invited Mrs. Shadia Al.Ghoul, Moftah Programs coordinator, and Mrs. Fattma Ashour, Social worker, to talk in produced and broadcasted radio program to discuss women social and political participation on October 22, 2008. Mrs. Al.Ghoul indicated that woman participation in the Palestinian parliament is very weak although woman existence and sharing in all resistance kinds against Israeli occupation and that’s should motivate all the political parties to review woman position in their political programs to insert woman in political life, parliaments and decisions making. She argued that the current situation due to political and economic situation holds responsible on woman to change this position and spares no effort to get her rights and the priority to making serious decisions.

Hence, she commented that it should be review the women quota system which provides just abstract representative to woman referring that there are big impediments face political participation for woman involve traditions, socialization patterns emphasize politics as a male domain, and many voters view men as better leaders than women besides the nature of the electoral system and the organization of political parties which affect women’s political participation. She also referred that women find it difficult to raise the funding needed to compete for election, and political parties tend to view women as ‘vote banks’ rather than as active participants in decision-making bodies.

In her role, Mrs. Aushour argued that we need to regulation to implement practically, and there should be equality between woman and man in all the social and political affairs. Furthermore, she commented that the woman has a great role either in the electoral or nomination position. Hence, Palestinian woman either as a voter or a nomination should recognize carefully the importance of giving her vote to the adequate person who can support her rights. on the other hand, if she had the opportunity to be a nomination, she have to look carefully for political program contributes at supporting and protecting woman.

In conclusion, she invited women NGOs, community activists concern women rights and issues to work to mainstream Palestinian women’s issues within the process of constructing a democratic society free of all forms of discrimination; to effect gender sensitive policies and legislation in various spheres of life; to enhance the involvement of women in political life at all levels, especially the decision making level; to lobby decision makers in Palestinian society to promote equal rights for women.

Women movement in Palestine, Dimensions and Challenges

SVF invited Mrs. Amaal Hamad, Woman Circle in the Palestinian Parliament, Director , and Mr. Ghassan Abu Hattab, community activist, to talk in prepared, produced and broadcasted radio program on ( Women movement in Palestine, Dimensions and Challenges) on September 17, 2008.

Mrs. Hamad represented the women’s movement role in Palestine to merge the woman’s rights in the Palestinian laws which aims to make a radical change for a democratic society. Mrs. Jouda explained how it contributes in reinforcement the woman’s role and status in the society by assist on enact a family protection law that effectively prohibits and appropriately punishes all forms of violence against woman in line with international standards. Mr. Abu Hattab indicated to woman’s movement role in establishing quality shelters and supporting centers for women survivors of violence that function as refuges without compromising women’s privacy, personal autonomy, and freedom of movement. She clarified the woman’s movement needs: (energy, various skills, opened and general vision, and the ability to be more flexible with the contemporary situation). Mrs. El.Masri pointed to the open way followed which is free of the political parties and its attempts to rebel against the political attitude.

Political and Democratic Participation Project

and broadcasted radio program on ” Political and Democratic Participation Project” on December 12, 2008.

 

Mrs. Khalifa believes it is a “very important position that women be in legislative council”, though she stressed it is not easy for a woman to take this role due to factors such as culture and social expectations. However, she believes the presence of women in the legislative council is important despite these obstacles. When it comes to the role of women in political activism, specifically as representatives of the PLC, Khalifa said the election of 17 women in the West Bank and Gaza was a positive beginning, but she is hoping for more women to be elected in the future. In her role, she assisted on the importance of working to open the way for more women to be in decision making positions; she wanted woman to be in the council because she has worked hard and has earned her position. In other words, “Women must struggle to be elected the normal way. In this regard, she discussed the two main areas that must change if women are to take a larger role in the Palestinian political area. “Women must pursue any chance to be elected, but culture must also change,” she noted. Hence, she stressed the need for more advocacy and education among men and women in Palestine. Secondly, political parties have a responsibility to make changes as well. It is necessary to appoint more women within each party to positions of leadership and responsibility to demonstrate that women belong anywhere. In his role, Mr. Kraiem tackled Empower Women Political and Social Participation Project idea and goal which resulted of continuous efforts of projects had conducted by the SVF. Furthermore, he referred to project activities which united 12 parliamentary meetings and the summer university. Additionally, he talked about the SVF’s formal women parliament beside the women parliamentary session which constitutes initial step towards enhancing and improving woman political participation. moreover, he discussed the obstacles and challenges faced project success. However, SVF succeeded to encounter impediments to achieve woman improvement in the political and social participation