The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution in partnership with Save the Children carried out an open day within the project “psychological and social support for children affected by conflict and violence in the time of emergency”, which took place in Dolphin Resort in Gaza.
The open day included several activities such as drawing on children’s faces, dancing, having a clown, and playing games revitalizing the children. A delegation of Save the Children, headed by the Director of the organization in Palestine and the Director of Programs, visited the event and participated with children.
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution organized a meeting titled ” Guests overcrowding in police lock-ups, reality and proposed solutions ” on September 1st, 2016 from 12:30 pm to 14:30 pm in Alsalam Abu Hasira Restaurant on Gaza beach, in partnership with the joint program between UNAIDS, the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Women, “strengthening the rule of law: Justice and security for the Palestinian people, Sawasya”, as a part of the project “An advanced step towards justice in the Gaza Strip”.
The session aimed to spot light on the living conditions in police lock-ups with a large number of prisoners, which leads to the spread of disease and not to give employees rights under the law. Many representatives of the public prosecutor of the judiciary, the Directorate of reform and rehabilitation, the public relations of the police, human rights organizations and lawyers took part in that session. The participants presented the problem and made the necessary recommendations including the aftercare to integrate the prisoners, activating the alternative sanctions and rapid trials to address the Supreme Judicial Council, activating the guarantees, having a cooperation between the institutions interested in alleviating the overcrowded guests, converting the crime of Tramadol abuse from a felony to a misdemeanor and finding solutions for the prisoners who are convicted of financial crimes, activating the role of reconciliation and the role of public relations and emphasizing the need to speed up the filing of indictments by prosecutors and an advisory opinion regarding the Zakat for garmin.
A Norwegian delegation from the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE) represented by Ms. Silvia Ostberg Morales, Country Director of NPA, Mr. Finn Erick Thoresen, Chairman of NPA, Ms. Kathrine Raadim, Director, International Programme Department, Mr. Stein Guldbrandsen, Executive Board Member of NUMGE and number of employees visited the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution where they met Mr. Saed Al Magadma, Director General, Mr. Eyad Abu Hjair, Head of Gaza Branch and Vice President, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, Projects Manager, and number of the Center employees. The visit took place at the Center’s headquarter in Gaza city.
This visit comes as a part of promoting the strategic partnership between both parties which started since 2007 and continued till now. The delegation made a visit to some of the Center’s activities and met with the beneficiaries of the project services which is funded by NUMGE. Moreover, the delegation represented by Director of NPA in Palestine praised the strategic relationship between both parties emphasizing on their appreciation for the services provided by PCDCR in the field of Women Competing Violence.
On his turn, Mr. Saed Al Magadma showed his appreciation for this partnership which is based on the participatory relationship between both parties not only on the funding concept.
The visit which lasted for 5 hours finished by meeting the delegation with a group of activist youth who presented their views of the Palestinian youth cases generally. In addition, the delegation met with a number of ladies beneficiaries from the project services.
Furthermore, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi highlighted his view for the future relationship with the NPA assuring on the extended relationship connecting between both parties especially NPA staff in Gaza city who provides a continuous and great cooperation with the Center’s staff. At the end of this visit, souvenirs, with a patriotic style of the Palestinian heritage, are distributed to both parties.
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution held many introductory meetings with many youth groups within “Steps towards Change” project which is implemented in partnership with the Norwegian People Aid (NPA). This project aims at supporting and empowering the marginalized groups including women and youth in Gaza Strip and West Bank through promoting gender equality in Fair Political Participation and Social Accountability for claiming their rights. Those meetings took place at the PCDCR headquarter in Gaza city.
Mrs. Samer Hamad, the Advocacy Specialist started the meetings by providing a deep explanation for the project idea, goals and the expected activities implemented in the coming stage. Mrs. Hamad assured the importance of women and youth participation in the political and social fields in claiming their right to freedom of expression and freedom of association.
On his turn Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, the Project Coordinator presented the project activities which include: forming an activist youth collation in the political and social fields to claim theirs right in freedom of expression and freedom of association. In addition to implementing many training courses about the social accountability and citizenship and implementing many training courses for the activists ladies in the social field to develop their political participation, presentation and negotiation skills.
Mr. Al Tahrawi highlighted that this project comes within the strategic extended partnership with the Norwegian People Aid since more than 8 years and it’ll continue with in this project for 4 coming years. Through this partnership, both parties will work on promoting integrity values and social accountability principles.
It’s worth to mention that many meeting will be conducted with many youth groups during the coming week in the West Bank complementing the first stage of the project.
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution implemented a training course to develop and hone the skills of young people, equip them with many basic skills that will qualify them to be engaged in social accountability within the Ministry of Local Government.
The training course, part of the project “Advancing Social Accountability”, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, included 100 young people. This project is a considerable and unique step in which the young people will cooperate with municipalities and PCDCR, focusing on some social issues and providing solutions according to the points of view of citizens and municipality.
The idea of the program came from the center’s vision of the positive role of young people as a strategic partner in planning and work to develop performance and keep up with reformative policies of the local government sector through exerting all the efforts to achieve the project’s goals.
On Thursday, 21,07,2016 the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution has conducted its annual general assembly meeting with attendance of (2) representatives of ministry of national economy and (18) general assembly member in Gaza, Nablus, & Hebron.
During the meeting, the representative of ministry of national economy Mrs. Dima Al- Shawa announced the completion of the quorum for the meeting. Hence , Mr. Ashraf Abu Nada the chairman of the Board of directors headed the meeting and explained meeting’s agenda, that included approval of the annual managerial report(2015), the financial & auditing report (2015), and annual budget(2016). Besides, The appointment of the external auditor for the center, and exemption of BoDs members from legal liability in 2015.
After discussion and ratification of the previous items by GA members, the attendees were satisfied about the center performance and its ability to outreach for the most vulnerable groups in Palestinian territories during 2015.