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.