The participants analyzed the social and cultural challenges that women encounter in the Palestinian society.
CHALLENGING THE PREVAILING STEREOTYPES TOWARDS WOMEN
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development- REFORM, conducts a cultural session to screen and discuss the documentary film entitled: “Out of Line” in the hall of the Popular Committee in Al Fawwar Camp. The aim is to shed light on the reality of women in marginalized areas and to review the main challenges that they face. Young men and women from al-Fawwar camp and the surrounding areas are part of the project to challenge the prevailing stereotype towards women.
The session was opened by Ms. Rawan Sharqawi, a Project Coordinator at REFORM, who stressed the importance of this project, which targets young men and women from marginalized areas, especially camps in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The aim is to discuss gender-based community issues and analyze the impact of these issues on the active participation of young men and women in their communities. In addition, it is necessary to exchange personal experiences and success stories that contribute to the reduction of stereotypical practices towards the role of women in society, as well as exclusionary behaviors and practices.
THE DEPRIVATION OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Further, the session initiated with the screening of the documentary film “Out of Line” and then led to the discussion of the main obstacles that women are subjected to in society. Participants stressed that the most prominent of these challenges are the prevailing customs, traditions, and community culture. There are also political problems that deprive some women of their right to education, work, and choice of a life partner.
STRENGTHENING WOMEN’S ROLE IN SOCIETY
At the end of the session, the participants came up with a set of recommendations, which included the need to raise awareness in the family about the importance of strengthening the role of women in society, implement laws on political participation and representation of women in local councils, and activate the role of the media to convey the issues and success stories of women. The participants suggested that we all work together to find a development strategy to create sustainable opportunities for all social groups.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This training comes as a part of the “Fostering Social inclusion and gender equality within Palestinian society through tackling gender stereotypes” project. It seeks to counter the discriminatory and exclusionary practices and behaviors that exclude women from community participation by providing safe spaces for youth, including women and refugees, to discuss gender-related societal issues. Also, it aims to improve the reality of the partnership of women in the Palestinian society through the exchange of experiences between various Palestinian community components to enhance social cohesion.