group of participants of the GUSU project sitting in a garden having a dialogue about the Palestinian identity.

GUSU worked to strengthen the Palestinian identity of Jerusalemites

group of participants of the GUSU project sitting in a garden having a dialogue about the Palestinian identity.

GUSU worked to strengthen the Palestinian identity of Jerusalemites

GUSU Project

From 29 September 2014 until 30 May 2016

About

Identity is our most valuable possession!

Through the GUSU “Get Up, Stand Up” project, REFORM aimed to strengthen the Palestinian identity of the Palestinians in Jerusalem.

REFORM also contributed to re-building the gap between Palestinian Jerusalemites and their social and cultural surroundings.

GUSU worked to overcome the obstacles imposed by the state of polarization between different parts of Palestinian society. In addition, it created responsive systems to promote the sociocultural Palestinian heritage. As a result, the political participation of youth and women, especially in Jerusalem were promoted to revive the Palestinian identity.

Jerusalem

Objectives

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Contribute ...

… in overcoming the Palestinian identity crisis that Jerusalemites suffer due to the policies and practices of the Israeli occupation forces.
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Revive ...

… their Palestinian identity.

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Mobilize ...

… the civil society towards lobbying for a more comprehensive and participatory governance system.
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Form ...

… a cultural and social network between Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank – mainly Ramallah, Jericho and Bethlehem.

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Promote ...

… the social participation of women and youth in Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank.

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Challenge ...

… the profound culture hindering youth and women from taking initiative to change their reality.

 a group of female youth meeting a decision-maker to discuss tools to strengthen the Palestinian identity.
a group of male and female beneficiaries holding up a paper tree on different Palestinian communities to strengthen the Palestinian identity.
a group of male and female beneficiaries sitting togther during the summer camp to strengthen the Palestinian identity.

Outcomes

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Three harmonious youth working groups “agents of change” have been established in different communities of Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jericho and Bethlehem. Significant participation of young Palestinian women has been noticed in these groups.

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The participants utilize their gained social mobilization techniques to contribute to social and cultural reform.

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The participants are able to find commonalities between Jerusalemites and non-Jerusalemites.

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A number of participants are able to lead and facilitate workshops and debate sessions. Furthermore, they are capable of enhancing their social solidarity and cohesion, creating one collective Palestinian identity.

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Active participation of Jerusalemites in social and cultural activities has been increased.
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The participants use the available spaces to bridge the gaps between Jerusalemites and non-Jerusalemites.

Our differences do not separate us!

Social TransfoRmation

The GUSU Project worked in accordance with our Social Transformation Program.

AECID logo, a partner of the GUSU project
Reform Logo - initiator of the GUSU project
AECID logo, a partner of the GUSU project
Reform Logo - initiator of the GUSU project
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