REFORM discusses the role of Palestinian Women within social life

With the participation of staff members within Hizma Municipality and a number of youth activists, the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM implements a “Who’s Behind me Game” to examine the societal stereotypes developed towards the role of women in public life and to develop tools to combat several challenges that hinder the participation of women within society.

Project coordinator, Rezeq Atawnah, stated that REFORM aims, through this activity, to enhance the participation of women in decision-making processes and establish safe, positive platforms that challenge the traditional prevailing norms, eliminate stereotyping processes and ensure pluralism within Palestinian society. Even though the activity discussed the obstacles that prevent women from participating effectively in public life, it also examined tools to engage them more in sociopolitical spheres.

Furthermore, the activity enabled the participants to express their points of view and experiences regarding gender equality and participate in an interactive dialogue on social, political and cultural issues within Palestinian society that contribute in limiting the role of women. Moreover, participants engaged in a reflexive dialogue to develop strategies that provide women with access to various opportunities.

This activity is part of societal opportunities for startup institutions, implemented by the development of NGO Center and the Women’s Affairs Team, in partnership with United Nations for Women and the support of the Swedish Agency for Development as part of the “Men and Women for gender equality” program, implemented by the United Nations for Women in the Middle East and North Africa for the course of three years in four Arab countries: Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, and Lebanon. The program aims at understanding the root cause of inequality between males and females, as well as developing societal solutions to involve men and teenagers in achieving equality among both genders.