PCDCR Signed Agreement with UNDP

PCDCR has signed an agreement with UNDP for the project ” Justice for All” on 2nd June 2011.
The project aims at building capacities for law students, graduates, police officers and judges. It will also work on raising the awareness of victimized women, local institutions, professional associations and youth groups regarding their rights and the mechanism of reaching the justice.

it will also target people in sensitive and vulnerable areas who could not reach the justice which affect them socially and psychologically. For instance, women has a vulnerable role in the male- dominated society and the juveniles were treated as smirch for their families.

Remal Preparatory School ‘A’ visited PCDCR

Palestinian Youth Parliament represented by Remal Preparatory School ‘A’ visited PCDCR on Monday 25/4/2011. Mr. Fadi Hamad and Ahmad ElMasri welcomed the delegation.

Mr. EL Masri pointed out to the center’s goals and projects briefly and mentioned to the project ” “Community- Based Protection for Children in GS from Sexual Abuse” which is implemented in all Gaza governorates.

Mr. Majed EL Sous, Parliament Supervisor affirmed that this visit aims at identifying students of some institutions concern child rights as well as strengthen their knowledge towards their rights.

Mr. Hamed highlighted to the main international and national laws and the children’s rights which protect them and secure a good life for them. He also explained some infractions as illiteracy and child labor.

Student Parliament visited the center

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution met about 50 students of Al Buraij school on Monday 11/4 .
The lawyers , Ahmed El Masri and Fadi Hamad welcomed the students and recognized them of the center , its aims , programs and the activities the center implements within its projects.

Mr. Yaser Abu Shrar, Parliament Supervisor affirmed that the visit aim is increasing the students’ awareness of their rights and enriching their skills and knowledge in addition to realizing them of some centers which concern child rights.

Furthermore, Mr. Fadi Hamad discussed some breaches of the child rights in their homes, schools and in the community. He also admired the parliament idea and encouraged the students to go ahead to improve their abilities.

“The Half Million Campaign ”Conference


“The Half Million Campaign Against Domestic Violence”

Continuing the organized campaigns launched by the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution around important cases to bring the required change, or at least reduce the seriousness Such as “public campaign against lawlessness”, “fighting violence against women” “child protection”.

From this platform we launch “The half million campaign against domestic violence”, that takes a new form this time through collecting half million signatures from adults, and grown-ups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Domestic violence has escalated recently through many forms as a result of many reasons, objective and subjective conditions, the most reason is the political and economic blockade, and the deteriorated security situation.

All of this reflected negatively on the Palestinian family, and increased the domestic violence, especially on women and children who are the most vulnerable in the family.
Accompanied with the concern of the political and security situation, the domestic violence kept back from the attention and increased, this campaign is lunched to re-focus on domestic violence and place it in the light until we begin steps to reduce it.

Studies showed that many Palestinians believe that domestic violence is: a husband beating his wife or children, and they do not think that sexual and emotional abuse or verbal, psychological and moral violence are domestic violence, as well as child neglect, deprivation and discrimination.

This misconception for domestic violence puts on us additional responsibilities at work to spread the awareness about domestic violence and its forms and risk, and put the on the authority the responsibility to get rid of this phenomenon and cure it.

Victims of domestic violence are many, many of them do not speak of this and raise their voices to talk about it, for fear of complaint and talk about their suffering and would prefer to live with pain on the risk of complaint or attempt to raise their voices.

For How long the victim shall be silent? Until when will this negative pattern prevailed?……. for all that …. there was the campaign … “the half million Campaign against domestic violence” …. In order to raise awareness about domestic violence .. ..To encourage the victims to speak and express ….. To ask for help…..

The campaign also came as well as for “urging officials and decision-makers to hold their responsibilities .. And take appropriate decisions each in his position in order to stop this phenomenon, because a nation that can not keep its family can not make unity, and if there is no unity there will be no independence.

The campaign against domestic violence accepted to challenge the figure “half million” to collect 5 hundred thousand Palestinian signature from all different places, thus to create a public opinion case so that no one after that avoid his responsibility, because half a million Palestinian said: domestic violence must be stopped.

Therefore, this campaign will put official and non-official institutions and interested in front of their responsibilities in order to stabilize civil rights and preserve a stable Palestinian family.

As of today 21st March; there are 200 volunteer from the Palestinian Center spread all over cities, villages and camps in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip who are ready to collect signatures and will be companied with media campaign of posters stickers to encourage all citizens to sign, after completing the collection of signatures; the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution will hold a conference in both Gaza and Nablus to present all what we have come to, and give the professionals and officials space to present working papers to come out with the recommendations of the process.

The Center assures to make every effort to translate them into reality in collaboration with all partners.

I would like to thank the USAID and our partners in the OTI for their funding to this campaign, and their cooperation with us for the success of its activities.

I call on everyone, men and women, young and old, to participate in signing at the volunteers.

The text that will be signed is:-

“The Half Million Campaign Against Domestic Violence”

“The family, the first unity in building a society and protecting the family from violence and disintegration between husbands and wives and children, is necessary to consolidate the civil rights equation that govern the relationship inside the society, which is considered the first entrance to the positive behavior in order to achieve justice, development and prosperity”.

“Because I believe of that, I will put my signature to reject the domestic violence practiced in our Palestinian society of all means”.

Thank you for your attention and you are welcomed to present your questions and queries.

Agreement with Save the Children Sweden

PCDCR assigned a contract with Save the Children Sweden for “Family Centers” Project on Wednesday corresponding 26th January 2011. The project aims at providing the technical supervision to 20 Psychologists working at the family centers. The project started at the first of January 2011 and continued to the end of March.

PCDCR meets Al Maghazi Prep boys School – B –

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution met about 70 students of Al Maghazi school .

The psychologist , Mr. Saed Al Sersawi and the coordinator of the child protection project, Miss Dina Al Anqar welcomed the students and she recognized them of the center , its aims , programs and the activities the center implements within the project of the child protection .
Also, they recognized them of the child counseling forum and its importance and role in helping children solve their problems .
Mr. Saed Al Sersawi said that they counseled the children of solving the conflicts and problems they are objected to .
At the end of the visit , there were many inquiries as the children discussed their problems and they are counseled how to solve them by communicating with the center.

PCDCR holds a series of workshops about violence against woman

Hebron – The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution implemented a series of workshops targeting the oppressed women within the project of the support and empowerment of women , which is funded by the Norwegian People Aid . These workshops are in cooperation with many women institutions at Dora , Bani Naeem , Yata, Al Fahs , Al Shuyoukh , Beit Kahel and Soreef . A big number of women attended the meetings and they are recognized of the center’s free services specially the free of charge phone service and the psychological counseling and legal services . The meetings contained many subjects about the woman rights and the violence against her , the woman and the law , the woman and the discrimination and the psychological exercises .
The project coordinator , Ms. Nour Jaber , said that the aim of these meetings is to get the awareness of the woman of her rights and duties , get rid of the discrimination and the violence against the woman and to respect the woman and her rights in the family and the society , stating that this project has continued for 4 years and it will continue its services the next period .

PCDCR beats University College friendly

The team of the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution beat its counterpart, the team of the University College .It scored 6 goals to 3 goals in the match between them at Al Mashtal sport club .
The match was very exciting . The University College’s team opened the match by the player ” Khalid Abu Amrah ” , then the Palestinian Center’s team scored 3 goals by the players ” Mohammed Al Kahlout , Ihab Abu El Kheir and Ahmed Abu Haseerah ” . The first period of the match was finished by scoring 3 goals for the Palestinian Center against a goal for the other team .
In the second period , the University College’s team tried to reach the goal of the Palestinian Center’s team and it scored a goal by the player ” Islam Yousif Rezka ” . Then the Palestinian Center’s team scored 2 goals by the players ” Abed Al Madhoun and Mumen Al Kahlout “. The University College’s team did its effort and scored a goal by the player ” Ramadan Mahmoud Al Nayrab ” . Few minutes before the end of the match , the player ” Mohammed Al Kahlout ” scored his second goal and the sixth goal for his team .

Jawwal holds a meeting about the problems Jawwal subscribers suffer from

Today , 04/03/2010 ; Jawwal co. in cooperation with the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution held a meeting at the center in Gaza about the problems and the obstacles that Jawwal subscribers suffer from . The meeting is attended by Jawwal co. members and the Palestinian Center officials .
The administrative and financial affairs coordinator, Mrs. Muna Ghuneim , welcomed the attendees of Jawwal co. and the center .
The administrative manager of Jawwal co. , Mohammed Musa , lead the meeting explaining the techniques of the company’s work and their services to the subscribers . He talked about the transmitting stations and the net capacity of getting new subscribers , explaining that the cause of problems the subscribers confront is the Israeli occupation prevention of the entry of the needs to Gaza Strip and the separation of the electricity .
Also , he explained the benefits and the importance of the transmitting stations and that there is a treatment plan to improve the transmitting stations and get about 50 power generators .
At the end of the meeting , the attendees made a discussion and some inquiries , Mr. Mohammed Musa answered them and he thanked the cooperation of the Palestinian center .

PCDCR meets Beach Primary School students – A –

Today the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution met Beach Primary students led by the coordinator , Mr. Yahya Awad .
Mr. Saed Al Sersawi and Mrs. Haneya Baalousha welcomed the students whom they were about 20 students . Mr. Yahya Awad said that this visit is of their interest in reinforcing the concepts of democracy among the students by visiting the institutions which work in the fields of democracy and child protection .
Mr. Saed Al Sersawi stated that they told the students about the center and its departments in addition to the various programs and activities it implements in Gaza concerning those of children rights .
Also, they are told about the child counseling forum and its role in helping children and solving their problems . Then some students discussed their problems and they are counseled that they can solve their problems by communicating with the center .