Steps towards Change.. a Slogan raised by Activist Youth in the Gaza City and West Bank

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution implemented the first training program, “Developing Youth Capacities in the Social Accountability and Advocacy Campaigns“, for 25 males and females within Steps towards Change project implemented by the Center in  partnership with the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). This program is considered as the first step of the project which aims at forming an activist youth collation in the social and political fields on the national level to promote freedom of expression and forming associations. This program included many Palestinian cities such as Gaza, Nablus and Hebron. The most important topics in the program are the social accountability, democracy and citizenship, social participation, freedom of associations and the advocacy campaigns with the participation of a group of trainers all over the areas which were included in the program.

Raed Al Attal, one of the participants, confirmed that this training program is an effective step towards merging the activist youth in the social field and adding lots of concepts and new useful experiences to the participation of a group of special trainers. Another participant, Inas Abo Dalal, added that this experience would help in deepening the gender- based concepts.

Moreover, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Taharwi, the project coordinator, emphasized that the project idea is based on forming a youth coordinating committee in all Gaza governorates to be the core of the youth work based on the citizenship concept. This would help in promoting the social accountability for a wider youth participation in the future political issue.

The trainer, Wael Balousha, talked about the importance of social accountability. The social accountability which is based on the discussion would open new horizons in front of a citizen regarding the questions in his/her mind. Moreover, the social accountability would reduce the gap between citizens and officials and improve the response of officials. Therefore, if we want to succeed, we have to improve a method which helps in restoring trust in citizens to actively contribute in society.

Moreover, Ms. Samar Hamad, the Advocacy Specialist, talked about the 25- hour training program in 5 days for 25 males and females within the youth collation and the most important activities which were implemented during the previous period and ended by an election day in which 7 representatives ( males and females) were elected for the youth coordinating committee.

Furthermore, Ms. Hamad assured that the coming stage of the project would include training for a group of female leaders who were nominated for the local municipalities to develop their capacities for the election process to represent women to the fullest . There will be a cooperative work between the youth collation and the female leaders within the advocacy campaigns later on.    14102805_890712644394134_5041402885856387323_o 14468491_910958375702894_948602217754105277_o 14463266_911546495644082_5833698263604046266_n img_0154 img_0190 img_0291 1 img_0072 img_0112

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution concludes the first stage of “Steps towards Change” Project

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution concluded the first stage of Steps towards Change project which is implemented by the Center in partnership with the Norwegian People’s Aids (NPA) with the participation of Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, the Project Coordinator, Mrs. Samar Hamad, the Advocacy Specialist and the youth collation. This took place at the PCDCR headquarter in Gaza city.

The first stage of the project, which covered Gaza city, Nablus and Hebron, included forming an activist youth collation in the social and political fields. Moreover, implementing a training program for this collation, which consists of 25 males and females, included the following topics: Citizenship and Democracy, Social Participation, Social Accountability, Freedom of Associations and the Advocacy Campaigns.

Furthermore, this stage was crowned by an election day to choose the 7 representatives (from both genders) for the steering committee in each governorate with a total of 21 representatives for the steering committee. The elected are the representatives for the youth groups in the meetings which will be conducted with the Center, the West Bank and the female candidates for the Municipal Councils during the coming stage of the project and within the advocacy campaigns.          img_9763 img_9791

Training Meeting in the Art of Debate

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution hold a training meeting in the art of debate on Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016. The training meeting, part of the project “Advancing Social Accountability”, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, includes 50 youth from different majors and interests in the Gaza Strip.

The training aims to enhance the listening and time management skills among the young people whether on a personal or institutional level and to deepen the art of dialogue to enable them to build arguments, use specific strategies on debate issues, and present their attitudes easily. It also aims to build a generation of young people who is able to debate in all social, political, and economic issues using mind, logic, and evidences.

The trainer, Mr. Abdul Meneem Al-Tahrawe, discussed the main conditions of the art of debate including being away from intolerance to points of view, being ready to search about the truth and then take it, talking politely away from sarcasm from opponents’ points of view, using the correct persuasive ways, and finally accepting the results of the debate after a long discussion supported with irrefutable evidences.

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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 emergency situation”

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.

 

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The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution Organized a Round Table Meeting Titled “Guests Overcrowding in Police Lock-ups: Reality and Suggested Solutions”

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.

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Promoting the Partnership, a Norwegian Delegation from the Norwegian People’s Aid and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE) visited the PCDCR

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.

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Training course within the project “Advancing Social Accountability”

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.

 

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PCDCR hold AGM

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.

The resumption of the Project “Psychosocial support for children in an emergency situation”

PCDCR in partnership with Save Children resumes psychological and social support for children , awareness sessions for parents sessions , Caregivers and individual counseling within the project “Psychosocial support for children in an emergency situation.” which aims to protect and improve the mental state for the target group in all of the most vulnerable areas of the Gaza Strip.

Setting up the summer camp for children with disabilities in PCDCR

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution opened ” the summer camp for children with disabilities” in partnership with Save the Children on Sunday 7TH July 2016 in Dolphin Resort ” Let’s play .. Let’s have fun ” , which aims to improve access opportunities to the protection and health services for children with disabilities in the Gaza Strip , The camps targeted six areas of the camp in Gaza strip which is one of the most frailty areas. The number of participants in the camp is 165 boys and girls are children with disabilities ,and 135 are hale, and the age group is ” 9-14 years” and the camp will continue for a whole month, this camp is one of the best camps for this year in that it includes recreational , sports activities and a variety of other activities in order to promote active participation , development , reintegrate of this group in society and also provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to engage in the normal life and provide an opportunity for the hale children to identify children with disabilities up close and appreciate their problems and help them to cope with the difficulties of life in order to promote their right to play and integration in the community through the merger to promote a positive feeling for the children and that children with disabilities exist in society ” affects and is affected ” , and displaces a lot of ideas and impressions about himself that may be acquired it in the isolation .