Change starts in our thoughts

Change starts in our thoughts

Our Social Transformation program

 

Our Social Transformation program follows Voltaire’s quote: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!”

What is Social Transformation?

REFORM’s Social Transformation program aims 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.

Objectives of
our Social Transformation Program

Symbol - social transformation - stop disicrimination

1. Combat ...

discrimination and racism within Palestinian society by identifying major social fault-lines. These fault-lines could jeopardize the rights and needs of marginalized groups.

Symbol - social transformation - engage marginalized groups

2. Engage ...

marginalized groups, especially women and youth, in deep cultural analysis. This analysis aims to assess the root causes of conflict. Therefore, participants will be equipped with the tools to transform the conflict. This is clearly reflected in our Theory of Change.

Symbol - social transformation - enable a supportive society

3. Contribute ...

… to the formation of an enabling and supportive society. This society will be capable of understanding how structure affects the development of Palestinian society.

The Social Transformation Program teaches participants and community members to deal with differences

The participants learn to at least see the value of listening to voices that do not necessarily represent their own views. It contributes to promoting an agenda of national harmony through the establishment of safe acting platforms which encourage broad-based participation grounded in the principle of intellectual pluralism. Our contribution is reflected in our Vision and Mission.

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Facilitating Reform

REFORM also teaches participants how to apply practical research methodologies in order to address conflict situations within Palestinian society. These methodologies focus on finding common ground between the polarizing groups.
Over the past five years, REFORM has conducted Social Transformation training programs using its “Facilitating Reform” methodology. This methodology contributes to empowering women and youth groups. It also aims to strengthen the coordination between different social groups to take a more active role in public life, thus improving social harmony. In addition, the methodology seeks to create an integrative climate among Palestinian citizens, enabling them to work together towards developing social systems and structural frameworks that are responsive to their needs, rights, visions and goals. The Facilitating Reform guide provides a basis for building and developing the capacities of organizations, working groups and individuals. These capacities are related to problem solving, creating social change and transcending development hindering forces with peaceful means.