The Palestinian center for democracy and conflict resolution(PCDCR) has implemented an initiative in Wednesday 21/12/2016 in Beit Hanoon entitled ” creating a friendly spaces in Beit Hanoon” to create a suitable environment in reception and children’s caring department through doing some activities such as painting and drawing on walls and provide them toys to make them confident and satisfied during the medication in the hospital.
Mr.Gameel Abu Soliman the head of the hospital and Mrs.Ola Al Hesi the director of the project form (PCDCR) opened the initiative in the attendance of the board directors of the Hospitals , the head of the pediatrics department and the local social commission in Beit Hanoon and the work team.
In a word of the head of the hospital, he thanked the makers of these developing and supporting projects to our society and children ,also he emphasized the importance of keeping supporting these marginalized layers especially the children who miss the tenderness from us, insisting that the psychological and social support to our patients especially the children is like half the road to the full recovery . and he mentioned that the hospital administration is looking for more similar projects which provide an integrated services , and implementing programs that serves the people and children psychologically and socially to develop the health institution which regarded as the watchful eye of our patients and it’s hard efforts in healthy services and its continuity.
Mrs.Iman Abu Saied the coordinator of the northern region added that the initiative consisted of a group of activities which focuses on improving their personal skills such as commanding, communication,and advocating . Also increasing their awareness of the importance of social activities and feeling the responsibility , then the social protection commission and children commission visiting the hospital and choosing the place where the drawing will be there and prepare the logistic needs to implement the initiative , and their attendance in the artistic workshop with specialists, they ended the initiative by drawing on the hospital’s walls .
These efforts come through the children initiative activities ” creating a friendly spaces for children in beit hanoon” adding that the number of the participants in the initiative were (20) children which focusing on the age between ( 9 to 14 ) which started implementing the activities in the beginning of October 2016 .
That’s come within the project’s plans “improving the opportunity to reach to the health services and protection to the children with disabilities in Gaza strip ” which financed by Children Saving institution.
Our initiative sees the light of the day, to make your little angles happy again
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution conducts Discussion Day entitled
“The Independence Financial Disclosure for Women by Sharia and Law and Exploited by Customs”
December 1st, 2016
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution hold a discussion meeting entitled “The Independence Financial Disclosure for Women by Sharia and Law and Exploited by Customs” within the Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) in the Gaza Strip project implemented by the Center in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council. The participants of the meeting were Dr. Atef Abu Harbeed, Head of the Islamic Shariah Department-Islamic University of Gaza, Mr. Anwar Azam-Bar Association, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, the Project Coordinator, a number of lawyers, representatives of the Community based organizations (CBOs) and Mukhtars. That took place at Al Salam Abu Hasira in Gaza.
Mrs. Tahani Aziz, a lawyer in the project, opened the meeting by welcoming the participants and indicating the importance of this meeting. On his turn, Dr. Atef Abu Harbeed talked about the financial disclosure in Islam, and that women have an independence financial disclosure by which they’re free to use their money according to their well without any coercion or force whether from their families or husbands. Moreover, Mr. Anwar Azam cleared out the independence of women financial disclosure legally, and that no one can take money from them without their complete agreement. Furthermore, if anyone encroached upon their financial disclosure, women can legally sue him/her.
In addition, the lawyer, Mr. Ahmad Hasouna, cleared out the Center vision regarding women financial disclosure and emphasized on the importance of this old new issue since there are a lot of women suffering from assaulting on their financial disclosure. This meeting was a good opportunity to listen to the participants’ opinions and recommendations to be submitted to the specialist authorities in the independence financial disclosure of women, aiming to change the false view regarding this issue.
Finally, after a long discussion, the meeting concluded to several recommendations which are raising awareness and family education to couples, editing debt bonds to guarantee women rights, working on educating women legally and having intervention from the reform commissions before going to courts.
Within the 16-day Campaign for Combating Violence against Women:
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution conducts a Round Table entitled “The Dilemmas of Applying 19/2009 Resolution about the Divorced retention of Child Custody after Legal Age as the resolution related to widow”
November 28th, 2016
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution conducted yesterday a round table entitled “The Dilemmas of Applying 19/2009 Resolution about the Divorced woman retention for Child Custody after Legal Age as the Resolution Related to Widow” within the activities of ‘Steps towards Change’ project implemented by the Center in partnership with the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) with the participation of Dr. Omar Nofal, Head of Shari’a Court of Appeal, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, the project coordinator, Mrs. Samar Hamad, Advocacy Specialist, Community based Organizations, Community Activists, Lawyers and a number of the Center lawyers. This took place at Al Salam Abu Hasira restaurant in Gaza.
Mr. Ahmad Hasouna, a lawyer in the Center, started the meeting by welcoming Dr. Omar Nofal and the guests, and showed the importance of this meeting since there are a lot of divorced women suffering of being deprived from extending the custody age or asking for their children’s custody after getting rid of the custody deprivation reasons when the divorce happens. Moreover, the 19/2009 resolution gave the widows only the right of extending custody age. Therefore, this meeting aimed to equalize between the divorced and widow women regarding the custody age extension as there is a large number of divorced women suffering from this humanitarian and legal issue.
On his turn, Dr. Omar Nofal highlighted that there are many resolutions issued by the Legitimate Supreme Judicial Council especially during the previous years when a quantum leap happened in many issues related to women and children. He added that this issue is debatable between specialists and the Human Rights associations have to raise the voice and recommendations to the professional authorities seeking for a better change. Finally, he focused on the balance between men and women interests including the society interest which should be taken into consideration by the associations that conduct such activities.
Finally, the meeting ended with some recommendations including equality between divorced women and widows in asking for the right of child custody, heading to the reform committees before heading to the courts regarding child custody and focusing on the child interest as we take into consideration the woman ability to fulfill her children’s needs financially and her family acceptance for having them when she gets the right of child custody.
Within the 16- day Campaign for Combating Violence against Women
Nuseirat Youth Center in partnership with the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) conduct Al Istqlal Championship Table Tennis for Women
November 28th, 2016
Nuseirat Youth Center in partnership with the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) conducted Al Istqlal Championship Table Tennis for Women on the southern governorate level with the participation of Mr. Jawdat Jouda, Head of the Palestinian Handball Federation, Mr. Salah Jaber, Director of the Youth and Sports Ministry, and Mahmoud Abu Sharar, Chairman of the Technical Committee in the Table Tennis Union, Mr. Ahmad Naser Haroun, Head of Nuseirat Youth Center, Ms. Samar Hamad, Advocacy Specialist at PCDCR and Mr. Ahmad Fouad Haroun, the Executive Manager at Nuseirat Youth Center. This took place at Nuseirat Youth Center-Middle area.
Ms. Samar Hamad emphasized on the PCDCR vision regarding the importance of women participation in sports ,which plays a big role in reducing the psychological stress resulting from the difficult circumstances the Palestinians live in. Therefore, the idea of giving women a space to express their rights in all life aspects came. At the end, Ms. Hamad confirmed that all sport clubs should work on motivating women and encouraging them to be engaged in all sport life aspects.
In addition, Mr. Ahmad Fouad Haroun, said that this championship aims at highlighting the female activity in the Gaza Strip and giving them the chance to practice sports. He added that this championship is an introduction for the female sport activity especially in Table Tennis sport. He concluded by a massage to all the sport cadres and clubs to open the door in front of women to practice sports. Nuseirat Youth Center intends to adopt the first female Table Tennis team to be registered at the Table Tennis Union.
Finally, this event included 6 rounds between the competitors which lasted for one hour and a half. The female child, Lama Al Masri, won the first place, and Sama Al Masri won the second place.
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.
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution conducted a policy day entitled “The Specialist Arbitration. The Arbitration in the Real Estate Conflicts” within the Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) in the Gaza Strip project which is implemented by the center in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council and with the participation of Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, the project coordinator, Mrs. Mona Abed Al Aziz, from the Norwegian Refugee Council and a number of the project lawyers. In addition to, Mr. Ali Athamna, Head of the Arbitration Unit in the Palestinian Ministry of Justice- Gaza, a number of arbitration centers representatives, law academic, arbitrator lawyers and Mukhtars which took place at Al Salam Abo Hasira Restaurant in Gaza city.
Mr. Ahmad Hasouna clarified the center’s motives to conduct this meeting which are: the real estate conflicts in the Judiciary continue for many years in contrast with the arbitration purchases which are dominated by saving time, accuracy and the existence of qualified arbitrators, and the remarkable results achieved by the specialist in some countries formed an important motive for the center towards the specialist Judiciary for the accomplishment and creativity in justice. In addition, the ignorance of many arbitrators in the real estate conflict issues which resulted in canceling many arbitration decisions; therefore, working on qualifying the arbitrator in the real estate conflicts would add power to their decisions from canceling. Moreover, the amount of the lawsuits related to the real estate conflicts compared with other kinds requires from us as judges, lawyers, centers and associations to work together to find a way for this kind of conflicts with the best ways and least damages . Among the beneficiaries are the women as they’re the most common lawsuits in the real estate conflicts regarding the property lawsuits.
Furthermore, this meeting which was facilitated by Mrs. Tahani Aziz included a negotiation among the participants resulted in many recommendations which are: working on spreading the culture of heading to arbitration by the civilians as a mean of conflict resolution, preparing qualified arbitrators to work in the real estate arbitration conflicts and conducting specialists trainings supervised by people with experience in the real estate arbitration conflicts by granting them license. In addition, a cooperation between all the concerned associations and authorities to work on creating qualified arbitrators in the real estate conflicts and a cooperation between the counts and the figures and associations which is authorized to work in the arbitration to ease the amount of cases in the judiciary especially the real estate conflicts.