REFORM Launches the “Active Men for Women Leaders” Project to Promote Gender Equality

The “Active Men for Women Leaders (AMWL)” project aims to form groups in the targeted areas where men and women will take leading roles in transcending socio-political exclusion patterns and contradictions, with regard to the assumed role of women, and turning it into public policies that foster women’s active engagement in regulatory processes, by use of social transformation approaches.

In order to contribute to leading social and political mobilization processes towards enhancing women participation within this project, new groups of gender defenders will be formed, which will include men and women from the targeted areas, women and men from local councils in the Municipalities of Hizma and Biddu as well as other youth activists, who will engage in social and political mobilization through promoting structural change for women’s engage in the socio-political sphere and reflecting on the socio-cultural norms and structures that hinder women members of local councils from being actively involved in the regulatory processes.

 In this regard, members and staff of male local councils, especially council heads, will be targeted and involved in analysis of deep culture and structure in order to understand the barriers that are limiting them from participating to their full potentials. REFORM will also promote self-empowerment of men by engaging them in awareness-raising workshops that would encourage them to formulate codes of conduct within councils, which state the full acceptance of men towards the untraditional role of women, and pass their experience to other participants.

These target groups will also engage in public speaking, communication, facilitation and negotiation skills trainings in order to enhance the impact of their advocacy campaigns for women in decision-making positions in local councils. They will also undergo social transformation training workshops to analyze and reflect on the socio-cultural norms and structures that hinder women members of local councils from being actively involved in the regulatory processes.

The “Active Men for Women Leaders” project for promoting gender equality implemented by the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development- REFORM as part of a small community grant component for emerging institution, in partnership with the NGOs Development Center- NDC, Women’s Technical Affairs Committee (WATC), UN Women. “AMWL” is funded by the Swedish Development Agency under the “Men and Women for Equality” program; A three-year regional program implemented by UN-Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in four Arab countries: Palestine, Morocco, Egypt and Lebanon to address the root causes of gender inequality and develop community solutions that aims at engaging males in promoting gender equality.