Empowerment and Capacity Building to Women with Disabilities
Different trainings have been provided to Women with Disabiltiies from various areas of the West Bank, with the aim, to raise their awareness about their rights, and to enable them to feel and know that they are part of the society. Down below are some of the trainings held;
SHS has provided training to Women with Disabilities from various areas of Gaza district, on gender and disability.
On the 2nd of June 2014, Stars of Hope has conducted training for three days to a group of twenty women with disabilities on PWD rights and Gender. During the training, the models that are dealt with PWD in Palestinian society have been discussed, and the international conventions and Palestinian laws for individuals with disabilities as well. Moreover, light was shed on the concepts and rights concerning the right of PWD to self-determination, like other members of the society. In the second part of the training, more focus was on the Gender Sensitivity and gender issues, gender roles and stereotypes, myths and misconceptions about the roles and needs of women.
SOHS organizes one cycle of training and on-the-job “support coaching” for SHS 5 local facilitators and 3 technical staff members of SOHS around legal empowerment and social and political participation at community level.
On the 22nd, 23rd and 26th of January 2014 , Mr. Ala’ Nazzal has provided a 3 days training to SHS Staff members and facilitators, around legal empowerment, social and political participation at community level. The training was held at SHS office. Throughout the 3 days training, an introduction has been provided about legal rights for people with disabilities, and the Palestinian law, CEDAW in relation to the rights of WWDs. the following thematic areas were discussed ; the right of employment, the violence against WWDs in relation to the rights
SOHS organize one Training-Of-Trainers (TOT) for the five facilitators. TOT shed the light on relevant national and international legislation and instruments disability law, CEDAW and CRPD) and legal processes, services and institutions available in the country.
On the 12th, 13th and 16th of February 2104, Mr. Riad Mustafa has provided a 3 days training on TOT to SHS five facilitators. The training has been held at SHS office. On the first day of the training, overall TOT training has been provided to the trainees and in the second and last day, practical exercise were taken and discussed, which helped the facilitators to understand step by step the best tools that they will use when providing the trainings that they will be submitting to other Women with Disabilities in their areas, and how best to have those trainings effective and implemented on the best level.
Conduct peer to peer supports for Women with disabilities in the margenalized area of Hebron. During the months January till April 2014, Stars of Hope and as a way of sharing lessons learnt and experiences, and to continue its mission of raising awareness for women with disabilities from various areas of the West Bank, has conducted peer to peer support sessions, where nine sessions were provided by Stars of Hope Focal point in Hebron- who is a woman with physical disability to a group of Fifteen women with disabilities from various areas of Hebron. The objectives of these sessions were to Break Barriers and fear that WWDs face and have in themselves, and enable them to understand their rights and talk about their problems, and make them feel they are part of the society. Moreover, these sessions were opened to give them the space to share experiences and lessons learnt among them. Different topics related to Women with Disabilities have been addressed, such as right of Education, employment, health and others.
Training for Women with Disabilities and their mothers in Hebron
On the 24th and 25th of November 2013, Under the project of improvement of living conditions of People with Disabiltiies in the West Bank through provision of social services, and advocacy for sustainable change, Stars of Hope has provided a two days training to thirty five Women with Disabilities and their mothers from margenalized areas of the southern parts of the West Bank. The aim of the training was to raise the awareness of this targeted group on the disability laws and how to understand them for better knowledge and advocacy. Moreover, light was shed in the training on access to services, and importance of environmental adaptation as a way of life for Women with Disabilities
Design of a guideline on the effective use of social media and ICT and online social media analytics tools
In September 2013, Within the frame work of “Our Voice Counts”, the guideline was designed by a technical expert in the field and came into 48 pages and 7 chapters on diverse topics essential for effective use of social media as a tool for political participation for WwDs. The guideline included in its parts an illustration on how to plan a media campaign at national levels and this was planned to help participant WwDs to build their own social media and ICT plans per each of the three countries Jordan, Palestine and Egypt.
Design a toolkit on political processes, disability rights, gender and leadership
In September 2013, within the frame work of “Our Voice Counts”, the toolkit was designed by a technical expert to help WwDs in all three project countries (Jordan, Egypt & Palestine) become better informed about public policy and become better advocates for their needs. This tool comes to be the first of its kind in the three countries to be used for training purposes; it is able with proper skilled trainer to capacitate WwDs in all aspects of Political participation main areas of interest in the three countries.
Regional Training for a group of Women with Disabilities from Jordan, Palestine and Egypt on Political Participation and Media
On the 19th -22nd December 2012, SHS has conducted training in Jordan to a group of 18 WWDs from Jordan, Palestine and Egypt on political participation and media. The Objectives of the training were mainly to ttransfer knowledge on disability rights, gender, political processes and mechanisms to 18 selected female disability activists from the three countries (at least 6 women from each country), and to Proper delivery and dissemination of a tool kit on disability rights, gender & political participation and ways to advocate for it and country-specific fact sheets on electoral, non-electoral and legislative processes & mechanisms for civic engagement for a wider audience of WwDs and their DPOs and SHGs at national and local levels. Moreover, the training aimed to capacitate three WwDs groups from three countries to be able to produce sound political participation action plan for 2014 taking into consideration context SWOT, and to capacitate three WwDs groups from three countries to be able to produce sound media engagement action plan for 2014 taking into consideration context SWOT Analysis.
Training to Women with Disabilities on Project Cycle Management
In April 2012, eighteen women with hearing, visual and physical impairments have improved and enhanced their knowledge regarding Project Cycle Management through a 5 days training. The main target group of this training was women with disabilities seeking professional skills to advance their current projects or to start a new micro project. This training was the first stage ahead of the disbursement of the grants to that group of women to enable them to start implementing their micro projects that they always wish to have.
Training of women with disabilities on skills for seeking employment
In June 2012, twenty women with hearing, visual and physical disabilities have enhanced their knowledge through a 5 days training in employability skills. The target group of this training was women with disabilities seeking job opportunities within civil society organizations.
Training of women with disabilities on rights and legal entitlements
On the 25th- 27th of February 2012, and as a way to increase the access of women with disabilities to justice, twenty women with disabilities have participated in training about “legal rights within related international and national instruments”. This training was organized and delivered by professional lawyers selected by different applications from all over the West Bank. SHS worked with the trainer to ensure that the course was fully accessible to all women.
Employment of WWDs into Civil Society Organizations
Stars of Hope during the past years has succeeded in supporting paid internships for a period of three months for a total of around 100 women with disabilities, with the aim of mainstreaming those women with disabilities into civil society organizations. A great impact has been left on those WWDs, and a great experience has been gained. On another hand, some of them have been employed as permanent employees, which have given them more self-confident that they are part of the society. Different success stories along with pictures have been documented.
Providing financial support to women through disbursement of micro grants
In May 2012, Stars of Hope has provided micro grants to around 20 women with disabilities in the different geographical areas in the West Bank, with the aim to support them in developing a small business or improving previously existing ones. Different small projects were developed by those women with disabilities. This left a great impact on them both from financial and psychological aspects.
Providing Accessibility Needs for Women with Disabilities throughout the West Bank.
In 2013, Stars of Hope as a way to support the Women with Disabilities have made an assessment through our focal points, on the need of different women with disabilities, whose financial situation is very bad, and who can rarely afford buying the necessary accessible equipment that they need for daily use. Therefore, twenty women with disabilities have been provided with the needed accessible equipment, such as wheelchairs, electronic wheelchairs, walking sticks, walkers, prostheses, and hearing aids. The purchase of such equipment had left a great impact on the Women with Disabilities, and had enabled them to move on in their lives more easily than before.
Environmental adaptations to the homes of Women with Disabilities.
After an assessment done by the focal points of Stars of Hope, accessible adaptations have been done to the homes of around six women with disabilities where most of them had problems in their bathrooms, which were in a very bad situation. Throughout Stars of Hope, adaptations have been done which left also a great impact on the Women with Disabilities.
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