SVF organized 15 training sessions to target 450 young leaders aged 20-30 years old who will show positive change in level of leadership knowledge, civic skills and democratic values – disaggregated by gender. The project is funded by MEPI. SVF aimed at developing the skills and abilities of women and enabling them to take their role and participation in nation-building and the promotion of self-confidence. In close cooperation with the local organizations, SVF selected the participants based on specific criteria to ensure the success of the target groups as follows:


  • Interested in civic and social work,
  • Volunteers at their CBOs
  • willing to transfer knowledge,
  • Under 30 years old
  • Committed to the values of the project,
  • Attended social sciences, journalism and politics classes.


SVF empowered 450 young women leadership knowledge and skills on practices on the principles and techniques of leadership, voluntary work, advocacy and implementing community initiatives. The training sessions conducted in close cooperation with 15 women grassroots organizations as follows:


1-  Khanounis Women Activity Centre – September 29, 2013 – October 03, 2013


2- Dire Balah Women Activity Centre – October 6, 2013 to October 10, 2013


3- Rafah Women Activity Centre – October 20, 2013 to October 24, 2013


4- Jabalia Women Activity Centre – October 27, 2013 to October 31, 2013


5- Beit Hanoun Women Activity Centre – November 3, 2013 to November 7, 2013


6- Shati Women Activity Centre  – November 10, 2013 to November 14, 2013


7- Gaza Al Darj Women Activity Centre  – November 17, 2013 to November 21, 2013


8- Afak for Development – Gaza-   November 24, 2013 to November 28, 2013


9- Al Twousl Association, Nusirate- December 1, 2013 to December 5, 2013


10- Maghazi Women Activity Centre – December 8, 2013 to December 12, 2013


11- Al Burj Women Activity Centre – December 15, 2013 to December 19, 2013


12- Zakr Women Development Association Gaza – December 29, 2013 to January 2, 2014


13- Gaza Association for Sohoul Kadra, Gaza, January 5, 2014 to January 9, 2014.


14- Melad Association for Young Women Development,  January 12, 2014 to January 16, 2014


15 Al Najada Charitable Association, Beit Lahia, January 19, 2014 to January 23, 2014


SVF sought to enhance their access to leadership positions and their contribution to the decision-making as an essential part and important part of the fabric of the society. The trainers also focused on women empowerment as one of the main pillars to complete the community with an emphasis on the intensification of efforts and actions to increase their civic engagement. They sought to help women in getting their rights in ways that sound far from violence and persecution. The trainers also delivered to develop the capacity of personal, professional and social to increase awareness of the role of women and the importance of civil society and work to fight violence against women with a high level of efficiency and participation as a model which is important and necessary for the advancement of women in Palestinian society.