Ramallah – Last week, MIFTAH completed training entitled “Gender Mainstreaming” in the Qalqilya-area village of Azzoun. The training was part of the “Tajaawob” project, funded by the British Department for International Development, DFID and carried out by a consortium headed by the British Council which includes MIFTAH, AMAN, Palestinian Vision, OXFAM and the BBC Media Action. The project is aimed at promoting social accountability among marginalized communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
A total of 17 participants, both male and female, participated in the Azzoun workshop. One participant, Dr. Mohammed Matar, said he greatly benefited from the workshop because it proposed a different and new way of viewing issues from a gender perspective. What is more important, though, is turning thought into action plans within the Tajaawob project, Matar said. “Our increased understanding of gender places a bigger responsibility on our shoulders to achieve this concept as community activists.”
Twenty-three year-old Amineh Radwan also said the training was very beneficial, but stressed on the need to transmit these ideas to the youth sector in particular, to encourage them to participate in advancing society.
Najwa Majd meanwhile, said the training, “touched on our reality and on issues that need to be changed or altered.” Majd says such training is important for all sectors of society because it offers new knowledge for how to confront social challenges.
MIFTAH’s Abeer Zaghari explained that this is part of a series of trainings aimed at building the capacity of community committees in the following targeted areas: Um Salmounah in the Bethlehem district, Qalqilya, Azzoun and Habla in Qalqilya district, Froush Beit Dajan in the Jordan Valley and Al Malaha and Magharaqa in the Gaza Strip. Zaghari said all of the trainings addressed gender, citizenship and advocacy skills following the completion of a series of strategic planning workshops and social transformation in conflict.