Mechanisms for Union Work in light of the State of Emergency

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development— REFORM implemented a public debate on the mechanisms of union work in Tunisia after the revolution and the importance of adhering to the precautionary measures in Palestine with the participation of Sarah Rouisi, member of the General Union of Tunisian Students.

The impact of Student Unions in Tunisia

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development— REFORM implemented a public debate on the mechanisms of union work in Tunisia after the revolution and the importance of adhering to the precautionary measures in Palestine with the participation of Sarah Rouisi, member of the General Union of Tunisian Students. This session aimed to develop union work methods, highlight the importance of enhancing the youth’s role and enable unions to achieve the demands of the public sectors in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sarah Rousis began the discussion by highlighting how the Tunisian student seeks to gain more knowledge and how he/she has the political and intellectual courage to confront the tyranny of traditional and authoritarian patterns. Tunisia’s student unions play a major role in the national struggle when resisting colonialism and during state building after independence, as well as in defending rights, freedoms and dignity. Their movement ranged from defending their universities and its students to being associated with the people’s concerns and aspirations along with expressing their national and humanitarian issues.

mechanisms for union work in light of the state of emergency

Regarding Ms. Rousi’s discussion on the role of the General Union of Tunisian Students in participating in the revolution, she indicated some of the heroic moments during the revolution, which glorified the Tunisian presence on the political map, locally and internationally. Therefore, Tunisian students feel that they have an essential role as real change-makers, establishing their mark in changing the political course by participating in protests during the revolution.

At the end of the session, the young men and women participants highlighted the importance of developing union work in Palestine because of the current stage the Palestinian people are encountering, which requires the provision of success factors in the complex conflict against the Israeli occupation. They further stressed that unions and federations must adhere to the public, be aware of their issues and concerns in an objective and accurate manner and communicate with Palestinian social groups in order to understand their concerns by formulating a political and socio-economic program based on the interests and rights of the people as an action guide.

One of the young woman participants, Maryam Akl, indicated the importance of strengthening social solidarity and the integration of young Palestinian social components with official institutions and local emergency committees in order to provide them with assistance. She further stressed the necessity of adhering to the imposed precautionary measures in order to preserve the safety and health of citizens, thus achieving social and political gains through the involvement of all groups of Palestinian society, as they are the social capital of Palestine.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This meeting comes as part of the “PARTAKE II,” which is implemented by the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM, in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. This project aims to promote the socio-political participation of women and youth and provide equal access mechanisms that enable them to engage in organizing policies responsive to their needs.

The project also seeks to foster civic engagement by providing safe and interactive spaces that link young activists with decision-makers to bridge the gaps between them by knowledge sharing. It aims to enhance the participation of young women and men in advocating for positive change in democratic processes through monitoring public policies, drafting policy papers, and providing policy suggestions.

To achieve this, the project provides the social and political activists with the ability to engage in a deep analysis of power dynamics between different social components and points of access through facilitating public debates. “PARTAKE II” increases youth’s awareness in democratic processes and enhances their abilities in pressuring policymakers to hold elections with their participation.

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