REFORM Implements an Interactive Activity Entitled “Who’s Behind me”

To Discuss Assumptions Based on Appearances

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM implemented an interactive activity entitled “Who’s Behind Me” with the participation of a number of youth groups at the Innovation Hub. This activity aimed at raising the participants’ awareness to the stigmatization process through interactive games, in order to unchain from mental barriers and to discuss the impact of stereotyping and labelling on individuals and the society.

At the beginning of the session, Ameer Jabareen, Project Coordinator at REFORM, welcomed the participants. Then, he spoke about the Association’s role in entrenching concepts about individual and groups rights in order to enhance their belonging and ensure pluralism within the Palestinian society. He added that the activity intended to breakdown the customary image of people and groups from a specific gender, age, or geographical area in order to fight against negative phenomena in all its forms.

About the activity, the participants reflected their personal opinions and first impressions of pictures based on previous assumptions. A general discussion followed to analyze the pictures and their relation to stereotyping and labelling, and their overall effect on the society. The aim of this discussion was to contribute to providing a safe platform for everyone, one that is able to cause a positive effect on the personal level, to contribute to building a free society using creative and critical tools that encourage dialogue and discussion, and to attain to a society that is free from violence and exclusionary thinking.

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.