REFORM carried out a cultural session to discuss a documentary film entitled “Black Mamba” in the framework of highlighting the societal challenges that women face.
SOCIAL CHALLENGES IN PALESTINIAN SOCIETY
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development- REFORM, carried out a cultural session to discuss a documentary film entitled “Black Mamba” in the framework of highlighting the societal challenges that women face and their role in tackling these societal challenges to achieve their dream. Additionally, the film discusses the issue of physical violence against women and girls and its psychological consequences which result in a loss of self-confidence and sense of initiative and decision-making and a constant sense of guilt. This activity comes as part of the “Fostering social inclusion and gender equality within Palestinian society through tackling gender stereotypes” project, which is co-funded by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Film.
THE DOUBLE STANDARD
The session was attended by a number of young men and women beneficiaries of the project. In turn, they discussed the societal challenges that women face and their ability to participate in decision-making. The participants discussed the realistic level of women’s participation and the extent to which opportunities depend on their competencies and how society contributes to limiting the development of their abilities. They also discussed the physical violence that women are subjected to and its impact on their ability to practice beliefs and make decisions. Further, participants conversed about the right to freedom of belief and the discrimination of society towards women, mainly in regards to women exercising this right. They stated that there is a double standard in society regarding the rights and roles of men and women, although the subject of the matter is the same.
Participants concluded the session by discussing tools and mechanisms to challenge the social obstacles women face in Palestine, while emphasizing the important role of various institutions to provide programs to support them in this regard. They concluded the discussion by suggesting ways on how to reconstruct social perceptions that are more capable of respecting women and activating their role in society.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project aims to counter discriminatory practices and attitudes that contribute to the promotion of gender inequality, provide safe spaces for youth, including women and refugees, encourage discussions regarding gender-based societal issues, and improve the exchange of experiences among the various components of the Palestinian society to enhance social cohesion.