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Date posted: December 05, 2018
By MIFTAH

Ramallah Earlier this week, MIFTAH held a training workshop on investing in social media and networking for groups from the Political and Social Active Palestinian Youth Network and a group of volunteers from ARIJ.

Project coordinator at MIFTAH, Hassan Mahareeq said the training was part of ongoing preparations for a number of activities within a youth campaign aimed at pressing for increasing financial allocations for economic empowerment and social protection programs at the Ministry of Social Development. The objective of this, he maintained, is to promote a culture of protection for social and economic rights of citizens, particularly marginalized sectors including women.

Meanwhile, Taqwa Daoud, an engineer at the Supreme Judge Department and youth and social activist in the northern district of Tulkarm, said the training was one of many offered by MIFTAH aimed at supporting youth so they could rise to the level of decision-makers and therefore be able to amend certain policies to meet their needs. This is one of the campaigns we have launched that are based in social media, given how widespread it is among children, youth and adults. The aim is to mobilize supporters to help in influencing certain fiscal policies in order to create change in the reality of Palestinian women, which would also meet the needs of youth and society in general.

She continued, In the next campaign, we will focus on the Ministry of Social Developments budget to see how we can take advantage of social media and these campaigns to monitor or amend the budget to coincide with the needs of sectors benefiting from the ministrys programs.

Mohammed Zubeidi from Anabta, near Tulkarm, who is a member of the Palestinian Youth Network and member of Leader for Tomorrow group also stressed on the importance of such training in terms of the benefit reaped by the beneficiaries. As youth, we were all in need of this training given the spread of social media and networking among youth in particular and all social sectors in general. He said the training promoted the presence and involvement of youth in monitoring general fiscal policies in addition to promoting the integration of youth in influencing decision-makers.

These activities are part of MIFTAHs interventions within its OXFAM-funded project Finance for Development.

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