Annual Meeting of the General Assembly.

Annual meeting has been held for the General Assembly members of the center in Gaza Strip and West Bank (by video conference) on Thursday corresponding July 21st 2011 at 4 PM. Mr. Emad Al Bas, Registrar of companies in Ministry of National Economy attended the meeting to discuss and ratify the annual financial and administrative report and to adopt the external auditor for 2011.

After the quorum completion, Mr. Saeed EL Maqadmah, member of board of directors led the meeting on behalf of the head of the Board.

The members thanked PCDCR’s staff and appreciated their efforts in serving Palestinian people.

Finally, the financial and administrative report for 2010 has been ratified unanimously and Mr. Talal Abu Ghazalah was selected to be the external auditor for 2011.

Workshop entitled ” Juveniles’ status in Palestinian Laws”

PCDCR implemented a workshop under the title of Juveniles’ status in Palestinian Laws with the attendance of PCDCR lawyers, members of General Prosecution, judges and officers in Ministry of Interior on June 15th Khan Younes.

The lawyer, Khaled El Astal pointed out the main Palestinian laws concerning juveniles and in application. He asserted that the center is ready to present legal services to them under the coordination of General Prosecution and Ministry of Interior.

Officers in Ministry of Interior highlighted to their treatment with juveniles while interrogation in Police stations. They also affirmed the importance of rewriting and activating the laws in order to be applicable until enacting new laws. Whereas the applied law was enacted since 1937.
They also asserted to the role of both civil society organizations to protect the juveniles.

PCDCR Signed Agreement with UNDP

PCDCR has signed an agreement with UNDP for the project ” Justice for All” on 2nd June 2011.
The project aims at building capacities for law students, graduates, police officers and judges. It will also work on raising the awareness of victimized women, local institutions, professional associations and youth groups regarding their rights and the mechanism of reaching the justice.

it will also target people in sensitive and vulnerable areas who could not reach the justice which affect them socially and psychologically. For instance, women has a vulnerable role in the male- dominated society and the juveniles were treated as smirch for their families.

Polygamy and its Effects to Children

Our story talks about a ten- year old girl who is the oldest in her family. Her father has married three wives and their life became worse and worse. This affected her psychological and social circumstances whereas she became more sensitive and nervous. She beat her peers in school and did not respect neither her parents nor teachers.

I contacted her mother about her situation. She told me that she found many difficulties while treating with her; and she felt shy to ask about her in the school. She also added that her scientific achievement declined day after day.

I arranged many sessions to provide her some ways to communicate with others particularly her mother and teachers. I found that the girl needs trust man to talk with; and she that with me.

The girl performance become better and her scientific achievement is increased. Her mother thanked me because of the changes accrued in her character.

Remal Preparatory School ‘A’ visited PCDCR

Palestinian Youth Parliament represented by Remal Preparatory School ‘A’ visited PCDCR on Monday 25/4/2011. Mr. Fadi Hamad and Ahmad ElMasri welcomed the delegation.

Mr. EL Masri pointed out to the center’s goals and projects briefly and mentioned to the project ” “Community- Based Protection for Children in GS from Sexual Abuse” which is implemented in all Gaza governorates.

Mr. Majed EL Sous, Parliament Supervisor affirmed that this visit aims at identifying students of some institutions concern child rights as well as strengthen their knowledge towards their rights.

Mr. Hamed highlighted to the main international and national laws and the children’s rights which protect them and secure a good life for them. He also explained some infractions as illiteracy and child labor.

Boys are Better Than Girls

“Malak” is a fourth grade child who prefers to play with boys. She wears and talks like them. The PCDCR team made a visit for her family and spoke with her mother. She told them that her daughter likes to play football with her cousin in the street barefooted; she also attends all the parties held in streets.

Her mom added that her father and she tried to change her behavior but in vain.

Through a meeting joined the psychologist and Malak, she said that her sisters do not behave like her. The psychologist asked her if she had female girls; Malak said that she had but does not prefer to play with them.

The psychologist tried to help her by holding psychologist sessions, and tried to incorporate her with other female peers using groups. Malak changes her behavior by the time and played with her girls who became her friends at last.

Student Parliament visited the center

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution met about 50 students of Al Buraij school on Monday 11/4 .
The lawyers , Ahmed El Masri and Fadi Hamad welcomed the students and recognized them of the center , its aims , programs and the activities the center implements within its projects.

Mr. Yaser Abu Shrar, Parliament Supervisor affirmed that the visit aim is increasing the students’ awareness of their rights and enriching their skills and knowledge in addition to realizing them of some centers which concern child rights.

Furthermore, Mr. Fadi Hamad discussed some breaches of the child rights in their homes, schools and in the community. He also admired the parliament idea and encouraged the students to go ahead to improve their abilities.

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Important methods to lead your child to succeed

Mother has a great role in helping her son succeed in the school. There are some important methods to assist him:

Connect with your child’s teacher.

Many schools and kindergartens arrange introductory meetings with students’ parents in the beginning of the year. So, try to keep in contact with your child’s teacher and arrange meetings with her; this will affirm that you are interested in the achievement of your child and will help you recognize more about his behavior and educational achievement.

Connect with school administration.

The clever mother is to create a connection between her and the school administration. So, you can introduce both your child and you to the principal and make a visit from time to time to ask for your child.
Moreover, you have to encourage your child to talk about him/ herself and events happened at schoolboy asking yes/no questions and giving example for his answers.

Encourage your child

It is very important to support your child and activate him to participate in the school activities. These activities will help you to discover the skills and talents for your child.

“The Half Million Campaign ”Conference

Gaza.

“The Half Million Campaign Against Domestic Violence”

Continuing the organized campaigns launched by the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution around important cases to bring the required change, or at least reduce the seriousness Such as “public campaign against lawlessness”, “fighting violence against women” “child protection”.

From this platform we launch “The half million campaign against domestic violence”, that takes a new form this time through collecting half million signatures from adults, and grown-ups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Domestic violence has escalated recently through many forms as a result of many reasons, objective and subjective conditions, the most reason is the political and economic blockade, and the deteriorated security situation.

All of this reflected negatively on the Palestinian family, and increased the domestic violence, especially on women and children who are the most vulnerable in the family.
Accompanied with the concern of the political and security situation, the domestic violence kept back from the attention and increased, this campaign is lunched to re-focus on domestic violence and place it in the light until we begin steps to reduce it.

Studies showed that many Palestinians believe that domestic violence is: a husband beating his wife or children, and they do not think that sexual and emotional abuse or verbal, psychological and moral violence are domestic violence, as well as child neglect, deprivation and discrimination.

This misconception for domestic violence puts on us additional responsibilities at work to spread the awareness about domestic violence and its forms and risk, and put the on the authority the responsibility to get rid of this phenomenon and cure it.

Victims of domestic violence are many, many of them do not speak of this and raise their voices to talk about it, for fear of complaint and talk about their suffering and would prefer to live with pain on the risk of complaint or attempt to raise their voices.

For How long the victim shall be silent? Until when will this negative pattern prevailed?……. for all that …. there was the campaign … “the half million Campaign against domestic violence” …. In order to raise awareness about domestic violence .. ..To encourage the victims to speak and express ….. To ask for help…..

The campaign also came as well as for “urging officials and decision-makers to hold their responsibilities .. And take appropriate decisions each in his position in order to stop this phenomenon, because a nation that can not keep its family can not make unity, and if there is no unity there will be no independence.

The campaign against domestic violence accepted to challenge the figure “half million” to collect 5 hundred thousand Palestinian signature from all different places, thus to create a public opinion case so that no one after that avoid his responsibility, because half a million Palestinian said: domestic violence must be stopped.

Therefore, this campaign will put official and non-official institutions and interested in front of their responsibilities in order to stabilize civil rights and preserve a stable Palestinian family.

As of today 21st March; there are 200 volunteer from the Palestinian Center spread all over cities, villages and camps in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip who are ready to collect signatures and will be companied with media campaign of posters stickers to encourage all citizens to sign, after completing the collection of signatures; the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution will hold a conference in both Gaza and Nablus to present all what we have come to, and give the professionals and officials space to present working papers to come out with the recommendations of the process.

The Center assures to make every effort to translate them into reality in collaboration with all partners.

I would like to thank the USAID and our partners in the OTI for their funding to this campaign, and their cooperation with us for the success of its activities.

I call on everyone, men and women, young and old, to participate in signing at the volunteers.

The text that will be signed is:-

“The Half Million Campaign Against Domestic Violence”

“The family, the first unity in building a society and protecting the family from violence and disintegration between husbands and wives and children, is necessary to consolidate the civil rights equation that govern the relationship inside the society, which is considered the first entrance to the positive behavior in order to achieve justice, development and prosperity”.

“Because I believe of that, I will put my signature to reject the domestic violence practiced in our Palestinian society of all means”.

Thank you for your attention and you are welcomed to present your questions and queries.