Awareness-raising Session on the Feminist Movement in Palestine… Gains and Challenges

This meeting aimed to highlight the role and contributions of the feminist movement in promoting civil peace.

the feminist movement in promoting civil peace

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM, implemented an awareness-raising session entitled: “The Feminist Movement in Palestine… Gains and Challenges” via the electronic application, ZOOM.  This session included the participation of Ms. Dalal Salameh, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee and a member of the General Secretariat of the General Union of Palestinian Women, Ms. Afaf Ghatasha, a member of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian People’s Party, Ms. Haneen Zaidan, the facilitator of this session and project manager at Rural Women’s Development Society, along with the project’s beneficiaries and social activists.  This meeting aimed to highlight the role and contributions of the feminist movement in promoting civil peace.

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.

the feminist movement’s role in preserving the social fabric

The project coordinator, Shireen Hajal, stressed the importance of the feminist movement’s experience and its role in promoting civil peace and highlighted the contributions of the feminist movement throughout its history.   Ms. Dalal Salameh discussed the role of women in establishing the Palestine Liberation Organization in order to achieve the Palestinian national project. Furthermore, Ms. Afaf Ghatasha emphasized the feminist movement’s role in preserving the social fabric. She also explained that in order for the feminist movement to continue its work and achieve change, it must acquire a clear vision, organized work and a joint work strategy. Ms. Ghatasha also indicated that although the feminist movement is encountering difficulties, it must demand a system of laws, not only the Family Protection Law, in order to protect the Palestinian society.

At the end of the meeting, the speakers stressed the importance of the feminist movement’s work to pass laws that protect Palestinian women and their dignity in order to preserve civil peace and the social fabric. The participants suggested that meetings should be held on youth’s role and their polarization in the feminist movement, religions and their relationship with laws.

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.

ABOUT WPHF

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.

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