This awareness-raising meeting sought to enhance the participants’ awareness of cultural and social values that achieve justice and equality for citizens, especially women,
deprivation of women’s rights of access and participation
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM implemented an awareness-raising meeting entitled: “Equality and Justice” via the electronic application, ZOOM. This session included the participation of Mr. Ibrahim Al-Barghouthi, General Director of the Palestinian Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession—Musawa, and a number of social and community activists. This meeting sought to enhance the participants’ awareness of cultural and social values that achieve justice and equality for citizens, especially women, the change of these values and the resulting injustice and deprivation of women’s rights of access and participation.
Financing for this initiative was made possible by the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF), a flexible and rapid financing tool supporting quality interventions to enhance the capacity of women in Palestine and around the world working to prevent conflict, respond to crises and seize key peacebuilding opportunities. With technical support from UN Women Palestine, this project comes in light of the challenges that women encounter, particularly in Area C and H2 areas of the Hebron Governorate.
strengthening women’s access to justice
The participants also highlighted ways to remove misrepresentations of social values that lead to discrimination and racism on the basis of gender. Regarding women’s right to political participation, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Barghouthi indicated that the provisions of Article (26) of the Palestinian Basic Law guarantee the right of Palestinian citizens to participate in political life without any discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or political affiliation, thus guaranteeing citizenship for both women and men.
In a related context, Mr. Barghouthi stressed that laws are based on three pillars: 1. the extent of respect and commitment to the provisions, principles and texts of the Palestinian Basic Law, 2. the Palestinian political system and the extent of its compatibility with the Basic Law, 3. the validity of the environment of the Palestinian economic, social and cultural system, which constitutes the basis of equality. He further explained that there are constitutional principles and explicit texts in the Basic Law that achieve equality between men and women, including Articles 10, 30 and 33. On the other hand, Mr. Al-Barghouti stressed the need to raise women’s awareness on the laws that pertain to them and the importance of adding courses in school curricula related to gender equality.
ABOUT the project
This training comes as part of the “Women in Conflict Prevention in Hebron – Palestine” Project, implemented by The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM, in partnership with the Rural Women’s Development Society (RWDS) and in cooperation with the Arab Educational Institute. This project aims to increase women’s participation in decision-making processes and enhance the role of both women and men in building safe societies responsive to the needs of women.
The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) mobilizes critical financial support for local and grassroots civil-society organizations working on women, peace and security and humanitarian action. Since its launch in 2016, WPHF has funded over 140 civil-society organizations in 12 countries supporting women on the front lines to be a force for crisis response and lasting peace.