A training workshop on ensuring complementarity between the roles of men and women in Palestinian Society

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development - REFORM held a learning journey at the Innovation Hub on ensuring complementarity between the roles of women and men within Palestinian society. The aim of this workshop was to raise the awareness of participants on obstacles resulted from the common masculinity concept within society and to expose them to new experiences, which enables them to combat social norms that hinder women from participating in public life. a number of young activists from the villages of Hizma and Biddu participated in this activity.

The workshop tackled the social and historical factors behind forming the concept of masculinity in Palestinian society, as well as the changes that took place in Palestinian society and how they affected men. The attendees also discussed the important role of individual and societal action in changing some negative patterns related to the masculinity concept, through highlighting differences between genders, and other societal issues.

The workshop also reviewed the positive reproductive, productive, social and political gender roles and shed light on other negative patterns related to the masculinity concept to encourage participants to achieve positive change in our society, one that would increase partnership among men and women and enhance the role of women in decision-making processes.

This learning journey is part of a small community grants program for emerging institutions, implemented by the NGOs Development Center- NDC, Women’s Technical Affairs Committee (WATC), in partnership with UN Women. “Active Men for Women Leaders” 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.