A Step towards Empowering the Municipal Councils Candidates for the Political Participation and Making Decisions in the West Bank and Gaza
October 27th, 2016
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution implemented the first stage of the training program “Developing the abilities of the Municipal Councils Candidates in the Social Accountability Skills” for 25 candidates within Steps towards Change project implemented by the Center in partnership with the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). This training aims at increasing the women participation in making decisions on the local level through encouraging them to be representatives in the neighborhood committees and municipal councils and depending on advocacy campaigns. This training includes a lot of Palestinian cities such as: Gaza city, Nablus and Hebron. The most important topics in this program are social accountability, social participation, presentation skills, election debates art and managing election campaigns with the participation of a group of trainers.
Ms. Fairoz Al Khouzndar, one of the participants and a candidate in the Building and Developing list “Al Bena’a & Al Ta’mer list” clarified that this training added a lot of skills and new experiences to candidates and opened their eyes on the scientific research. Furthermore, Ms. Reda Talal Al Masri, another participant and a Democratic Alliance candidate added that this training helped in gaining valuable information which would increase candidates’ political and social awareness, and would help later on in organizing the election process and their election campaigns.
On her turn, the trainer, Fatma Ashour, assured on the importance of the training program which comes within the necessity of empowering women legally and giving them an active chance in changing policies and making decisions. This comes within the elections preparation which is considered an important event in Palestine. in addition, Dr. Ibrahim Mo’mer highlighted that this training would develop skills, abilities and culture of the candidates in all fields ,which would contribute basically in the success of the future election process.
Finally, Mrs. Monawar Shawer, the project coordinator in Hebron, cleared out that the coming stage of the project will include several meetings between the youth alliance and the municipal councils candidates within the advocacy campaigns.