Head Menu
Tuesday, 18 September. 2018
|
|
|
Top Menu
| Home | Programmes & Projects | Publications | Photo Gallery | Maps | Search |
Main Menu
Dot
Dot
MIFTAH - Main Menu
Dot
Biannual Newsletter - Third Edition
Third Edition
Dot
UN Resolution 1325
UN Resolution 1325
Dot
A Vision for Palestinian Womens Rights Organizations based on the Global Study on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325
(Ten strategies for tackling issues pertaining to Women, Peace and Security)
Dot
 
Date posted: July 12, 2018
By MIFTAH

The WIFAQ Shadow committee, for the national reconciliation formal committees, recently concluded a meeting between committee members from the West Bank and Gaza Strip via video conferencing. The meeting discussed the basic points to be addressed in the factsheets on the three national reconciliation files: public freedoms, the PLO and social reconciliation, in a bid to make womens voices heard at the community level in the West Bank (including Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip regarding the three files. It also aimed at bridging the gap in Palestinian society, taking into consideration the political, social and economic context and its repercussions on the Palestinian cause and on achieving national unity.

The meeting included a quick review of some necessary techniques to develop and prepare fact sheets such as mechanisms for holding individual meetings and focus groups and how to deal with the literary review of relevant files. The participants also discussed the challenges they could face while carrying out this task.

The meeting furthermore, discussed the importance of shedding light on womens discourse and womens vision through reaching women in platforms where their voices are excluded and marginalized. The participants also discussed the importance of a critical reading of the political, economic and social reality and a comparison between womens voices and the dominant voices in society.

MIFTAH project director Najwa Yaghi explained that the fact sheets will be developed as preparation for policy papers on the three reconciliation files after which a womens position paper on this subject would be drawn up. This is part of MIFTAHs efforts to expand the circle of dialogue around the womens peace and security agenda to include all Palestinian women so their voices can be heard on issues of civic peace and national reconciliation. The endeavor falls within the framework of the organizations OXFAM-funded project to enhance womens participation in building peace and security.

The mission statement of the WIFAQ committee, which was formulated in 2016 through MIFTAH is a womens and national initiative that seeks to launch a broad social and political movement for national reconciliation and to end the political division. It includes several women cadres from both the West Bank and Gaza and seeks to achieve its goal through lobbying and influencing the two sides of the division in a bid to find common ground for the national good and to also shed light on the suffering of sectors most affected by the ramifications of the division, especially women. This will promote womens participation in the national reconciliation committees, empower them and build their capacities in mediation and conflict resolution. It will also promote a culture of tolerance and acceptance of the other in Palestinian society through establishing working mechanisms and national alliances capable of achieving these goals and which coincide with international standards for promoting womens participation in peace building.

Arabic ...

Send Article Printer Friendly
Copyright © 2013 MIFTAH
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED