REFORM Seeks to Enhance Women’s Participation in Public Life

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM implemented the second activity of the interactive series of “Who’s Behind Me” activities with the participation of a number of youth activists at the Innovation Hub. The aim of this activity is to explore through interactive games the perceptions developed by the society about women and their role in public life, to better recognize their root causes and discuss ways to address the challenges resulted from such stereotypes.

Through this activity, REFORM seeks to tackle several issues related to women in order to enhance their participation in decision making processes, and to provide them with safe spaces that would create a positive environment that supports the elimination of stereotyping and labeling processes, which not only affects women, but the society as a whole. In fact, this contributes to the abolishment of assumptions and prejudices, and ensures pluralism within Palestinian society. Moreover, despite shedding light on the marginalized status of women in some spheres of public life, the activity also highlighted some positive aspects that demonstrate active participation of women and emphasized the necessity to build on them.  

About the activity, Taqwa Sareifi, a participant, stated that the interactive aspect of the activity allowed her and the participants to get involved in the activity in a fun and purposeful way. She also mentioned the vital contribution of the photos that were used in understanding the effect of stereotyping on women’s lives as well as in facilitating the discussion.

This training come as 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.