REFORM conducts a cultural session to discuss the documentary film: “Stigma”
THE VIOLATION OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development- REFORM, organized a cultural session to discuss and screen a documentary film entitled “Stigma”, directed by Ehab Al-Khatib. This activity comes as part of the “Fostering social inclusion and gender equality within Palestinian society through tackling gender stereotypes” project, which is co-funded by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Film.
The film highlighted the Penal Code regarding rape cases, which stipulates that the punishment shall be suspended if the attacker marries the victim and the marriage continues for 3-5 years, depending on the nature of the assault. Participants discussed the extent of support or opposition to this law, while also focusing on the psychological and social consequences of law enforcement towards the victim and the society at large.
Participants compared the film’s idea to the situation of the Palestinian society, while focusing on the role of civil society institutions in renouncing this law. They also discussed working to abolish it through pressure, advocacy, and feminist movements that were and still strive to gain freedom and dignity for women to prevent them from abuse.
BUILDING THE PALESTINIAN SOCIAL FABRIC
The film focused on the role of communities, governments and community-based institutions in shaping the first line of defense and protection of women. This could be initiated through changing society’s perceptions of rape victims by enacting strict laws towards attackers with the aim of deterring these phenomena that are almost devastating to the fabric of Arab society.
This documentary film screening came as an awareness training activity for trainees affiliated with the project. There was an open discussion and exchange of views and experiences to increase their involvement in in-depth analytical processes of social challenges. In addition, it provided them with the necessary tools to transform and remove the constraints associated with cultural and community systems. Also, it raised their awareness of the importance of women’s participation in the Palestinian society along with their positive impact on achieving sustainable development and cultural diversity.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This project aims to challenge discriminatory and exclusionary practices and behaviors that contribute to the promotion of gender inequality. This can be achieved by providing safe spaces for marginalized groups, especially women and youth, discussing gender-based societal issues, and improving the exchange of experiences among the various Palestinian community components to enhance social cohesion.