Reform discusses the differences between individuals and groups as an additional value for cultural diversity

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development - REFORM has implemented an interactive activity with the participation of a youth group at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Asira Ash-Shamaliya in Nablus. The aim of this activity was to enhance mutual understanding among polarized groups and raise the participants’ awareness on cultural diversity. The activity also reflected on the prevailing values within society and their effect on engaging individuals within public life.

Through this activity, REFORM aims at raising the awareness of the participants on stereotypical images which have been culturally and socially adopted without taking into consideration their negative repercussions.  REFORM also aims at ensuring pluralism within Palestinian society and bridging social gap which is partly formed by stigmatizing individuals and groups according to misconceptions.      

Participant Saja Hamadnah highlighted the importance of reconsidering stereotyping, she added that: “the pictures we used helped us to understand the actual effect of the prevailing values on society members; individuals and groups.”

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.