Gaza – SVF’s Empowerment Women Social and Political Participation Program accomplished four training courses entitled ‘ Empowerment political and social participation of Palestinian women ‘ in cooperation with Women Programs Centers of Nusseirat, Khan Yunis, Rafah and Beach Camp. The training courses targeted 130 active women graduates and volunteers. The training courses are funded by the NGOs Development Center – NDC. The courses discussed and analysed a number of themes to empower women social and political participation. These topics discussed social and political reality and reflection on women in the international conventions and Palestinian laws. They highlighted also the experience of women’s leadership in the election of local councils, the role of media in strengthening and activating women political participation as well as management and implementation of advocacy campaigns to strengthen women role in the political process.
Mrs. Fidaa’ Ghanem, program manager, said that these courses aimed to enhance political participation of Palestinian women . She continued: ‘ this kind of participation contribute to achieve a genuine partnership in policy-making process’ . In this sense, she confirmed on the fact that young women play a crucial role in society and have enough capacities and energies to affect decision-making process.
Mrs. Ghanem also emphasized that these courses are parts of other community activities aiming to increase women engagement in the political and democratic process. These activities are public meetings, producing a number of publications and newsletters, and radio shows discussing urgent political issues with decision makers and community leaders.
A number of highly qualified coaches whose professional experience in the field of training and community work supervised and conducted the training sessions.