The young men and women participants worked to identify a number of structural gaps in the Hebron Governorate that affect the social role of women.
Challenges that women encounter and threaten civil peace
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM, implemented a series of online social transformation training via the electronic app, ZOOM, for 8 days with the participation of 40 young men and young women from areas in the Hebron Governorate. The training focused on mechanisms for enhancing the role of women in promoting civil peace in the Hebron Governorate. Also, the training aimed to enable the targeted groups to deeply analyze the culture and structure that prevent women from participating in the public sphere and that increase the gaps which threaten civil peace and social cohesion.
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 project coordinator, Shireen Hajal, discussed targeting 40 young women and young men from a number of areas in the Hebron Governorate in order to develop their capabilities to deal with challenges that women encounter and threaten civil peace, such as violence, marginalization, unequal access to services and limited opportunities to engage in public life.
social barriers that limit the involvement of women in promoting civil peace
The training also focused on analyzing the social barriers that limit the involvement of women in promoting civil peace in the Hebron Governorate, where the young men and young women participants examined and identified the reasons as to why women have weak economic and social statuses. They further highlighted the lack of a legislative body guaranteeing women’s partnership as a result of the Palestinian-Palestinian division.
At the end of the training, the young participants worked to identify a number of structural gaps in their areas that affect the social role of women. They also agreed that they are a group of social activists and active women seeking to contribute to enhancing women’s participation in political and social spheres and promoting their role in maintaining civil peace and social cohesion by raising the public’s awareness on the importance of women’s participation in public life. They further stressed their dedication to collecting, analyzing and presenting data to the official authorities in order to reduce the violations that women in the Hebron Governorate encounter.
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.