PCDCR Signs an Understanding Memorandum for Training Sharia’ Lawyers

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The Palestinian center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sharia’ Higher Judicial Council and the Palestinian Higher Judicial Institute. This memorandum comes within the efforts to develop the abilities of Sharia’ lawyers.

Under the agreement, it was settled to hold eight training sessions for Sharia’ lawyers. The training sessions will target 300 lawyers-in-training in order to develop the skills and abilities of Sharia’ lawyers who are on the verge of the occupational exam. Its mention worthy that the memorandum was signed by Mr. Iyad Abu Hujjayer, head of PCDCR in Gaza, with Mr. Hasan El Jojo, Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Islamic courts, and Mr. Nafez El Madhoun, Dean of the Palestinian Higher Judicial Institute.

The implementation and supervision of the training sessions will be in cooperation with UNDP and PAPP, but PCDCR will be responsible for registration process and receiving enrollment applications. The training program will include several topics like Law of personal status, Family law, Sharia’ procedures law, endowment, inheritance, wills and law enforcement.

Training sessions will be given by different courts judges, including Mr. Saeed abu El Jabeen, a Supreme Sharia Court judge, Mr. Ibrahim El najjar, Head of Supreme Court of Appeal in Khan Younis, Mr. Salah abu Hasheesh, a Supreme Sharia Court judge, Mr. Omar Nofal, Head of Court of Appeal in Gaza, Mr. Nafez El Madhoun, and Mr. Rami Salouha.

Young Woman Leaders Program –Work Placement

Project title: Young Woman Leaders Program –Work Placement

Donor: UNRWA

Thematic Programme: Woman Support and Empowerment Program

target group: Young women and fresh graduates “.

Implementation period:  10 months 1/2/201530/11/2015

 

Description:

Due to the ongoing blockade and high rates of unemployment, this project aims to enhance the employment opportunities for 500 young female graduates in Gaza Strip to improve their access to work opportunities in the labor market and foster their knowledge and skills gained in the university which will benefit the graduates in their communities. Moreover, the work placement also supports the private sector development in Gaza Strip. The Work placement is divided into 3 phases providing a total number of 500 graduates with a monthly stipend of 100 USD for each graduate.

 

Overall objective:

The overall objective of the project is to empower female university graduates through fostering their skills and abilities making them employable individuals for the labor market while at the same time supporting the private sector and economy of Gaza.

 

Specific objectives:

  • To select qualified project staff.
  • To make all coordination and arrangements in order to carry out the project effectively and efficiently.
  • To select the companies and CBOs which are ready to take the YWLP participants in job placement
  • To equip the participants with the names of their work Placement that match the requirement of job market.
  • To monitor the commitment of the graduates during work placement.
  • To assess the impact of job placements scheme, orientation working days and small scale projects on female graduates and to measure to what extent these interventions have achieved its goals.
  • To report about the project activities and financial transactions.

 

Activities:

  • Announce advertisement on PCDCR’s website about the project vacancies.
  • In coordination with UNRWA, Conduct interviews with candidates.
  • Sign contracts with selected staff.
  • Design project work plan including method of selecting graduates, companies and CBOs, logistical arrangements-transportation and hospitality.
  • CBOs and Companies that are ready and have willingness to take the YWLP participants in job placement.
  • Distributed all over Gaza Strip governorates.
  • Distribute YWLP participants on the selected companies and CBOs.
  • Discussing with the managers of companies and CBOs the achievements of the graduates and their new skills.
  • Prepare a narrative report. a report after each phase detailing feedback and evaluation of work placement.

Reducing Child protection risks in Opt

Project title: Reducing Child protection risks in Opt

Donor: Save the Children

Thematic Programme Children Rights Protection Program

target group: “children – community counselors – parents”

Implementation period:  10  months 1/3/2015 -31/12/2015

Description:

Many Palestinian children are affected by extraordinary violence , caused by armed conflict and non conflict based violence at home and in schools and the wider community . Israeli house demolitions, military incursions ,night searches, harassment at checkpoints, settler attacks, along with school and community violence compound the distress of children and families , creating a situation which is persistently undermining the resilience and well being of  population .

 Palestinian children are severely affected by the conflict –especially in terms accessing their right to suitable education and their right to protection from psychical and psychological harm  .children in nearly a third of all families experience anxiety the long term physical ,emotional and social well being of children .

The violence and endless conflict that permeates the society leads to frustration and lack of hope for the future. Children are the most affected , and the uncertainties of the present situation coupled with the seeming hopeless of what the future holds have left many boys and girls suffering from a recurrent fit of complex dilemmas that have continued to undermine their resilience and capacity to cope with stress.

Many children have resorted to negative coping mechanisms including drug and substance abuse and violence and in a situation where the entire population is affected by the same conflict most children consequently  lack the requisite psychosocial  anchor to lean against and the situation continue to affect children and their families’ general wellbeing  .

Overall objective: To reduce child protection risks in Vulnerable communities in the opt.

 

Specific objectives:

  • Enhanced psychosocial  wellbeing and coping of targeted children and their families in Gaza
  • Children and their families have increased awareness child rights and ways of reporting child rights abuses.

Activities:

–              Conduct 4 training days for 10 community counselors

–              Conduct 40 child resilience workshops for children

–              Conduct 32 child resilience workshops for parents

–              Conduct 2 meeting with community counselors

Youth for Social Peace

Project title: Youth for Social Peace

Donor: National Endowment for Democracy

Thematic Programme Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance

target group: Youth

Implementation period: 12 months ( 1/2/2015 – 31/1/2016)

Description:

Nothing has been changed since the last four months, everything is still the same. Gaza strip still suffer from the reconstruction, crossing closure, no arranged salaries, no fuel, weak infrastructure, irregular power shortage, unemployment and other conflicts that daily increased. 

In additions, the inability to find any political solution and the continuation of Israeli settlement policy and aggression upon Al Aqsa mosque led to deterioration in security situation in Jerusalem and West Bank.

The Intransigence of Israel and its provocations towards the Islamic sites as well as the frequent attacks of settlers to West Bank people changed the situations and became difficult to predict its end or consequences.

For sure that this deterioration affected negatively all aspects of Palestinians’ life. But, in the aspect of social peace, there is an improvement in the relationship of national forces where they are unified towards one objective as protecting Al Aqsa mosque and practices of Israeli forces.

Objectives:

  • PCDCR will assess the roundtables and town hall meetings based on participant feedback on their substance, as well as media coverage generated by them.
  • PCDCR will measure the utility and impact of its debate initiative through requests for participation, and feedback from civic activists and policy-makers on the quality of the debates.
  • PCDCR will gauge the cohesion of the Alliance teams as the primary signal that these reconciliation-support efforts are drawing a committed pool of participants. In addition, and on an activity-by-activity assessment, PCDCR will document the degree of participation by individual Alliance members in the planning and conduct of activities.

Activities:

  • Debate League.
  • Roundtables and Town Hall Meetings.
  • Awareness sessions in Schools.

Psychosocial support for conflict and societal violence affected children

Project title: Psychosocial support for conflict and societal violence affected children.

Implementation period: 9 months (1/3/2015 – 30/11/2015)

Donor: Save the Children

Thematic Program: Children Rights Protection Program

Introduction:

Palestinians in oPt face a range of serious protection threats related to these factors including threats to life, liberty and security, destruction or damage to homes and other property, forced displacement, restrictions on freedom of movement and on access to live hoods, and lack of accountability and effective remedy.

The seasonal winter flooding further exacerbates pre-existing humanitarian needs. In 2014, there was a sharp increase in the severity of humanitarian needs in Gaza Strip as a result of the July-August war.

According to OCHA (Occupied Palestinian Territory Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015); the armed conflict from 7 July to 26 August was the deadliest escalation in hostilities to affect Gaza since 1967. Half a million people were displaced, up to 22,000 homes were totally destroyed or rendered uninhabitable and 100,000 remain homeless. Extensive damage to infrastructure, including health, educational and water sanitation facilities, further undermined the already precarious access to basic services.

The impact of violence and conflict on children is particularly concerning, hindering the enjoyment of their rights, preventing their normal development and severally affecting their psychosocial wellbeing.

Moreover, the counselors who provide group and individual counseling sessions noticed that children -in areas that mostly affected by the war and suffer from psychosocial problems- have low academic achievements compared to their achievements before the war. The caregiver asked the project team several times to provide their children with psychosocial educational support as children in these areas are in need for this activity. Therefore, there is an essential need to continue and expand providing emergency psychosocial support services for children and caregivers especially in areas that mostly affected by the last Israeli war on Gaza Strip.

Main objective: improve psychosocial wellbeing, protection and coping mechanisms of vulnerable children in Gaza Strip.

Specific objectives:

  • Enhanced psychosocial wellbeing and coping of targeted children and their families in Gaza.
  • Increased awareness child rights and suitable ways of treatment for parents.
  • Empowered coping skills for women after war.
  • Improved psychosocial support team skills in communication with children and referral system.

Targeted group: Children

Activities:

  • Conduct 130 group counseling sessions for 1950 children.
  • Conduct 130 follow up sessions for parents and their children.
  • Conduct 40 debriefing sessions for 480 women.
  • Conduct 200 emergency visits.
  • Conduct individual counseling for 750.
  • Conduct 120 supervision visits for psychosocial support teams.
  • Conduct 11 open days for 1950 children.
  • Conduct stress management workshop for 25 PSTs.
  • Conduct 4 community awareness raising workshops.
  • Conduct 3 lesson learned workshops targeting 20 partner CBOs, 20 children, 20 parents, 20 PSTs.
  • Conduct 4 training days for PSTs on need assessment and communication skills eith children and parents.

Towards a more responsive justice system in Gaza Strip “Estijaba”.

Project Title: Towards a more responsive justice system in Gaza Strip “Estijaba”.

Implentation Period: 12 months.

Donor: UNDP

Thematic Program: Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance

Targeted Groups: Juveniles, Individuals law graduates, decision makers, duty bearers, researchers, lawyers, and INGOs and NGOs representatives.

Objectives:

  • To contribute in improving criminal justice system in Gaza Strip.
  • To contribute in improving gender justice responsiveness in Gaza Strip.
  • To contribute in improving legal policy dialogue and public participation in decision making process.

Activities:

  • Legal aid.
  • Advocacy campaigns.
  • Advance dialogue.
  • Providing legal representation, consultation and mediation services.
  • Training courses.
  • Awareness raising sessions.
  • Policies dialogue.
  • Media activities.

Alleviating physical anf humiliating punishment in the Gaza Strip

Project Title: Alleviating physical anf humiliating punishment in the Gaza Strip.

Implentation Period: 9 months (01/04/2015 – 31/12/2015)

Donor: Save the Children.

Thematic Program: Children Rights Protection Program

Targeted Group: Children.

Introduction:

It can be difficult for adults in their various capacities as parents/professionals, to find alternative ways of bringing up children, espacially in context where physical and humiliating punishment is a social norm.

The Positive Discipline project was concieved in 2006, as a way to help NGO staff answer the question, “If I don’t hit my child, what do I do?” It quickly grown into a global initiative to support parents in thier efforts to abandon physical and emotional punishment, and to uphold their chidren’s rights ti protection and participation.

This growth has been fuelled by the passion of many people in many countries who have recognized and embraced the universal message in this program. Though the submission of this project, the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution will target parents aiming ti provide them with alternative ways through the implentation of Positive Discipline sessions. The project is an expansion of previous work that PCDCR did before with Save the Children.

Main Objective: To contibute to eliminating corporal/physical punishment and all other cruel or degrading punishment of children through promotion of positive discipline in Gaza Strip.

Specific Objectives:

  • To provide appropriate and effective alternative methods for physical and emotional punishment.
  • To develop the capacities of parents in childbearing practices.

Activities:

  • Conduct 32 PD groups with parents.
  • Conduct 32 follow up sessions with parents.

Response to psychosocial distress and violence agianst children in post emergency in Gaza Strip

Project Title: Response to psychosocial distress and violence agianst children in post emergency in Gaza Strip.

Implentation Period: 6 months (18/09/2015 – 18/03/2016)

Donor: UNICEF

Thematic Program: Children Rights Protection Program

Targeted Group: Children

Introduction:

Palestinians in Gaza face serious protection threats including threats to life, liberty and security, destruction of homes, restrictions on freedom of movement, and access to livelihoods.

The impacts of violence and conflict on childen hinders the enjoyment of their rights, normal development, and affects their psychosocial wellbieng. PCDCR in partnership with UNICEF reached 35.000 children and 8.000 caregivers in Gaza through emergency psychosocial interventions in 2014 and 2015. However so far, the CPWG and MHPSS working group report that only about 65,000 out of the 373.000 children in need of focused/structured PSS were reached. PCDCR proposes to target a further 55,000 children with interventions.

PCDCR have also participated in the CPWG’s contingency planning and emergency preparedness efforts, and propose to expand its cooperation, field presense and extensive networks to support emergency resopnse coordination in all Governates.

Finally, both Multi Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment “MIRA” and the Child protection Rapid assessment “CPRA” have identified corpotal punishment as a key concern in Gaza, undermining their recovery.

Activities:

  • Resilience building sessions.
  • Individual counseling.
  • Emergency visits.
  • Group counseling visits.
  • Open days.
  • Big brother approach.
  • Positive discipline sessions.

Improved access to protection and health services for children woth chronic diseases and disabilities in Gaza

Project Title: Improved access to protection and health services for children woth chronic diseases and disabilities in Gaza.

Implementation Period: 15 months (01/12/2015 – 28/02/2017)

Donor: Save the Children.

Thematic Program: Children Rights Protection Program

Targeted Group: Children.

Introduction:

Many Palestinians children are affected by extraordinary violence, caused by armed conflict and non conflict based violence at home and in school and the wider community. Israeli house demolitions, military incursions, night researches, harassment at chechpoints, settler attacks, along with school and comunity violence compound the distress of children and families, creating a situation which is persistently undermining the resilience and wellbeing of population.

Palestinian children are severaly affected by the conflict -especially in terms of accessing their right to suitable education and their rights to protection from physical and psychosocial harm. Children in nearly a third of all families experience anixiety the long term physical, emotional and social wellbeing of children.

Main Objective: Enhanced resilience and reduced protection and health risks for the most vulnrable boys and girls in Gaza Strip.

Specific Objectives:

  • Increased use of quality protective learning enviroment by boys and girls.
  • Improved wellbeing for boys and girls affected by psychosocial and child protection issues.
  • Enhanced psychosocial wellbeing and coping of targeted children and their families in Gaza.
  • Children and their families have increased awareness child rights and ways of reporting child rights abuses.

Activities:

  • Conduct 6 mobilization meetings for 6 committees in the targeted communities.
  • Conduct 30 training days for 6 children committees.
  • Conduct 6 child led initiatives.
  • Conduct 60 child resilience workshops for children, targeted 720 children.
  • Conduct 40 child resilience workshops for parents, targeted 600 parents.
  • Conduct 6 summer camps.
  • Conduct 2 training groups for partners social workers on gender sensitive, CYR and SYSM.
  • Conduct referral/services for specific protection cases.
  • Conduct awareness sessions/community based protection and referral system.
  • Conduct 60 sessions UXO/MRE sessions with 900 children.

 

Promotion and Improvment of Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Rights for Women in the Gaza Strip

Project title: Promotion and Improvment of Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Rights for Women in the Gaza Strip.

Implementation Period: 12 months (01/01/2015 – 31/12/2015)

Donor: NRC

Thematic Program: Woman Support and Empowerment Program

Introduction:

According to research on women’s HLP rights recently undertaken by NRC, women are frequently knowledgeable about their rights to inheritance and wish to claim their rights, but the consequences for doing so may be too high. Women face being cut off from their families and this can be a major deterrent to claiming their rights as well as a major cause of personal and social friction and division. As a result, this project will particularly focus on targeting men through information sessions in relation to women’s HLP rights to better understand women’s rights as part of community rights that both the Shari’a law and Palestinian law gives women and men HLP rights equally.

Main Objective: To contibute to promoting women’s housing, land and property (HLP) rights in Gaza Strip.

Project Objective: To enhance the protection of the rights of women and vulnerable communities in Gaza Strip (HLP) through improved access, information, legal services and advocacy in relation to their HLP rights and by advancing the role of civil society in monitoring HLP issues.

Targeted Groups:

  • 500 Palestinians (350 women and 150 men) in vulnerable communities in Gaza Strip, will receive legal information on women’s HLP rights.
  • 270 women will recieve legal assistance, including legal counselling and/or representation, from PCDCR before traditional, administrative and judicial authorities in Gaza.
  • 50 traditional community leaders will receive legal training focus on meditation and arbiration
  • Family members and communities of the targeted groups.

Activities:

  • Provision of legal assistance including counselling and/or representation for 270 women facing challenges in accessing HLP rights before traditional, administrative and judicial bodies.
  • Provision of 30 legal information sessions on HLP rights to gassroots organisations targeting 500 persons (350 women and 150 men) in vulnerable communities.
  • Provision of three legal trainings on women’s HLP rights targeting for 50 female mukhtars.
  • Coordination of legal aid service providers through the Lagal Task Force in Gaza.
  • Organisation of 6 bi-monthly information sharing workshops for affected women on HLP issues to exchange experience.
  • Organisation of 4 quarterly policy days on women’s HLP issues with the local authorities, UN/INGOs and civil society.
  • Media and advocacy intiatives to raise awareness and knowledge of women’s HLP issues through five radio episodes and other media outlets.