This training aimed to enhance self-affirmation skills to increase women’s participation in promoting civil peace and social cohesion in the Hebron Governorate.
The importance of self-affirmation skills
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM conducts a two-day training via the electronic application, ZOOM, on enhancing self-affirmation skills to increase women’s participation in promoting civil peace and social cohesion in the Hebron Governorate, with 35 of the project’s beneficiaries.
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.
This training seeks to promote the role of women in engaging in dialogue with local authorities and decision-makers and develop and enhance their self-affirmation skills to acquire an active socio-political role within their communities. Further, the training aims to enable the participants to deal with psychological pressures, anxiety and stress to properly express their positive or negative feelings, to preserve their rights and to implement their desires without infringing on the needs and rights of others. It also focused on a number of topics, including the skills of expressing feelings and ideas, the importance of possessing these skills, positive interaction mechanisms, a sense of confidence and responsibility, the concept of self-affirmation, methods of dealing with psychological pressure, forms of confidently defending self-rights and the ability to prove one’s self.
Promoting women’s participation in decision-making processes through self-affirmation skills
Rania Al-Khatib, a specialist, discussed the strategies and tools that help women assess their strengths and weaknesses in order to provide them with practical steps that enable them to have the ability to assert themselves and strengthen the level of their capabilities and effectiveness in confronting situations and challenges, thus enhancing their performance and achievement. She further emphasized that the individual’s lack of self-confidence reduces his/her belief in his abilities and capabilities.
Mrs. Shireen Al-Hajal, the project coordinator, discussed the importance of acquiring self-affirmation skills because of its positive impact on the reality of their participation in public life and in decision-making processes, thus providing them with independence in their decisions, reducing violence against women and promoting social cohesion.
ABOUT the project
This session 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 200 civil-society organizations in 25 countries supporting women on the front lines to be a force for crisis response and lasting peace.