REFORM discusses the differences resulted from Social Diversity

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM implemented an interactive activity with the participation of a number of youth activists at Community Knowledge and Research Center in Hebron. The activity aimed at exploring the social stereotypical image through discussing differences resulted from the existent social diversity within Palestinian society and its relation to widening social gaps among individuals and groups based on their class or geography.

REFORM, through this activity, aims to highlight the impact of stereotypical images developed towards social components and groups on social cohesion, and to raise the awareness of youth on the importance of accepting differences, grounded in REFORM’s belief in the principle of intellectual pluralism: "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!" (Voltaire).

The participant Aseel Abu Rmeileh emphasized the importance of implementing these creative series of activities that differ in their approaches, and contribute to enhancing the role of youth role in developing social transformation techniques, and allow them to combat polarization based on political affiliation, geography, gender and other divisions.

This activity is part of the Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform which seeks to contribute to bridging the gaps between the various community components on both social and economic levels; providing a safe and interactive platform to enable all members of different groups of society to participate in decision making processes, especially youth and women; and to improve their living conditions by developing untraditional production patterns, enhancing cooperation and partnership between targets groups, and increasing social responsibility of the private sector.

This project is implemented by REFORM with the support of the Facilitating Social Participation of Palestinian Refugees (FASPAR). The FASPAR project was established by the German Government and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.