REFORM implemented two 3-day learning journeys in social transformation on the imposed emergency measures’ impact on political participation and active citizenship in Palestine.
Youth’s political participation and active citizenship in the Palestinian Society
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development— REFORM implemented two 3-day learning journeys in social transformation on the imposed emergency measures’ impact on political participation and active citizenship in Palestine. This session was conducted with the participation of young men and women community activists through the electronic application, ZOOM, using the “Facilitating Reform” methodology.
The project coordinator, Rizeq Atawneh, indicated that the social transformation program aims to enhance the ability of the target groups to empower marginalized groups, mainly women and youth, to take active roles in public life. It works to increase social cohesion and solidarity between the different Palestinian social components, specifically focusing on bridging the gap between polarized groups. To do so, participants learn to transform contradictions into shared resources, through a process of reflecting and creatively reframing goals.
Regulation of Palestinian youth’s work and political participation
The sessions initiated through the introduction of the definition of social transformation, social conflict situations and its causes and impacts on youth’s political participation as well as the examination of the reality of youth’s participation through deep cultural analysis. During the sessions, the participants became equipped with a number of values that regulate the work and activity of youth in Palestinian society. The young men and women stressed the necessity of enhancing the role of the Palestinian feminist movement and its participation in fateful decisions in social and political life.
At the end of the sessions, the participants prepared a summary of their practical vision, which is: “We are youth who are politically and socially active, in which we seek to enhance women and youth’s role in decision-making processes, promote the ability of young men and women to respond to the needs of citizens and organize youth volunteer work.” The participants expressed their admiration of social transformation, as it teaches them to at least see the value of listening to voices that do not necessarily represent their own views. They also indicated that it is necessary to disseminate the “Facilitating Reform” methodology and introduce more Palestinian youth to it so that they can activate their role in Palestinian society.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This session comes as part of the “United in Diversity” project, which is implemented by the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM, in partnership with Norwegian People’s Aid. This project seeks to promote the participation of young men and young women in socio-political spheres and ensure their access to safe spaces in order to participate in decision-making processes. It aims to enhance active citizenship practices within the Palestinian society to develop the youth’s capabilities in analyzing power dynamics. It also aims to improve the responsiveness of public systems to the needs of Palestinian citizens to promote good governance. To achieve this, the project provides youth activists with the ability to develop their skills in monitoring and analyzing public policies. The project will build the capacities of its target groups in participatory processes and facilitation skills using the Facilitating Reform Methodology.