In partnership with Norwegian’s People Aid, REFORM launches the “Political Mobilizers for Change” Project.
Launch of the Project
REFORM, in partnership with Norwegian’s People Aid, launched the “Political Mobilizers for Change” Project. The project, which will take place over the course of five months, aims to establish a group of social and political mobilisers. The goal is to empower them to become active agents of change in their respective communities.
Building the Capacities of Youth Activists
This training workshop comes as part of “Political Mobilisers for Change” Project, in partnership with Norwegian People’s Aid. This project aims to enhance the participation of youth in decision making processes through building their capacities and rethinking the social structures. It provides them with platforms to participate effectively towards achieving societal change. The project “Political Mobilizers for Change” also seeks to engage women in local councils and empower youth to participate in policy paper development and designing campaigns. It holds decision making processes accountable to the communities’ needs. It does so by implementing a number of meetings with decision makers in order to challenge exclusionary patterns in the democratic processes.
About our Project
With the participation of more than twenty youth activists from the different governorates, REFORM concluded the first training workshop of the project on social transformation. This training workshop took place at REFORM’s premises in Ramallah over the course of five days. The aim of this training was to explore mechanisms for enhancing the political participation of youth across Area C and various refugee camps within Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Ramallah and Jerusalem. The training focused on enhancing the political participation of youth as well as developing their capacities. It concentrated on enabling them to engage in community work and assume more active roles in public life. Moreover, the training which integrated the Facilitating Reform Methodology (PDF download), worked to enable youth and connect them with decision makers within Palestinian society. Thus, establishing a youth body that is able to lobby for policies that are more responsive to their needs.
Ameer Jabareen, the Project Coordinator at REFORM, pointed out that the training worked on identifying the socio-cultural norms that regulate the action of youth within different spheres of public life. It also empowered the participants to identify the root causes and structural systems that impact their participation in public life, specifically for women and youth. He added that REFORM works on encouraging its participants to learn how to apply practical research methodologies in social development processes. They gain this knowledge in order to create safe spaces that enhance the participation of the public and ensure pluralism within society.