Raising awareness Workshops for Women with Disabilities from various areas of West Bank
In April 2014, Stars of Hope’s Focal Points has conducted several workshops to around one hundred women with disabilities from the following five different areas of the West Bank; Jenin, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Hebron and Nablus. The idea behind those trainings, and the objectives that they aimed to reach from these trainings were to raise awareness on how to be involved in political and social processes at local level, and how to advocate for their legal rights. In general all trainings implemented by facilitators focused on the need to raise awareness of the Women with Disabilities about their rights, and teach them how to advocate for their rights and to be role models for other Women with Disabilities in their communities. The trainings included shedding the light on the followings; What is disability, what is inclusive society, what are the rights of people with disabilities, what does the Palestinian law states, CEDAW, the obstacles facing WWDs in Palestine, and what are the tools needed to be used by WWDs to help them advocate for their right.
Stars of Hope Focal Points organized advocacy activities in collaboration with other WWDs to raise their community awareness on the issues and challenges they face. The Targeted Beneficiaries were five schools in five areas of the West Bank; Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarem, Qalqilya and Hebron.
Banat Zbouba Secondary School
Banat Yaseed Secondary School
Banat Omar bin Abd el Azziz Secondary School.
Banat el Omareyeh Secondary School
Abd El Azziz Abu Sneineh School
The advocacy activities included;
Training to students from tenth grades from each school about the concepts of disability and how to deal with students with disabilities.
Presentation of a plays that shed the light on issues facing WWDs.
Wall drawings at schools done by Women with Disabilities
Conference about the Rights of Employment for People with Disabiltiies
On Wednesday, the 20th of November 2013, a conference has been held at Ceasar Hotel in Ramallah under the title of “Rights of Employment for People with Disabilities”. This conference was organized by the forum of “raise your voice” with direct technical and financial support from SHS, and it was under the auspices of the Prime Minister, and with the main presence of the minister of Labor, Minister of social affairs, the head of personal affairs division and the representative of the Higher Council. Representatives of the DPOs attended the conference, along with other organizations and NGOs.
Roundtable Discussion and Job Fair about Right of Employment for people with Disabilities
MEPI Alumni Network and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department, in cooperation with Stars of Hope Society have organized a roundtable discussion and job fair focusing on the Right to Employment of People with Disabilities, on Sunday, January 12th, from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm at the Caesar Hotel in Ramallah. This event aimed to raise awareness among the private sector on the right to employment for people with disabilities, and to discuss employment opportunities with university graduates with disabilities. The event has been attended by around thirty graduated students of women with disabilities, some have graduated from the universities and others were still in their last semester.
Advocacy Workshop to discuss two Studies published by Stars of Hope
Following the production of both the legal review and the Directory, Stars of hope held an advocacy workshop in October 2013 to publish and discuss the results of the studies, with different west bank DPOs. The event gathered around 30 person representing more than 15 DPOs working with different types of disabilities and in different geographical areas all over the west bank. SHS team presented the two studies, and a roundtable discussion took place as many questions and recommendations were discussed. Throughout the workshop, a film titled “postponed rights” was also presented to the audience. The film was published by Stars of Hope, and the aim behind it was to shed the light on the rights of Women with Disabilities express the experience of a women with disability who took a part in the last elections for the local government, and presenting different facts and experiences accordingly.
Local Advocacy Workshops about “Challenges and Difficulties that women with Disabilities face regarding Employment”.
Three local advocacy workshops were organized by three trained focal points in 2012. The advocacy title chosen was “the challenges and difficulties that women with disabilities face regarding employment”. One of those local advocacy initiatives was done in Jenin on the 20th of November, other in Salfeet on the 1st of November, and the last in Tulkarem on the 17th of November. Those workshops have been attended by representative of governor in each area, disabilities without borders organization, several women’s institutions, plus other governmental, civil and private institutions. Different speeches took place by representatives of the pre mentioned organizations, discussions took place, and recommendations for future following up have been raised. The main aim that those workshops targeted was, to work more on the 5% Rule that states the need of including 5% of women with disabilities into the labor force, and the importance that this will be fully applied by all Palestinian organizations.
Roundtable Discussion about the Women with Disabilities Status in Palestine
On the 14th of March 2012, SHS in cooperation with the US Consulate General in Jerusalem had the honor to organize a roundtable discussion about the women with disabilities status in Palestine. This Conference was under the patronage of Mrs. Judith Heuman, the special advisor, International Disability Rights. Different organizations, ministries, donors, DPOs attended the conference. Within the roundtable discussion, light was shed on the disability situation in Palestine, and key remarks for some of Stars of Hope partners have been presented. Mrs. Judith Heuman on the other hand talked about the International Disability Rights in line with the UNCRPD, and at the end the space was provided for an open discussion and guests Questions.
Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learnt for Women with Disabilities
In February 2012, Stars of Hope has organized a closing event workshop for the French consulate project, which lasted for two years with the aim of giving minor grants to women with disabilities to help them become independent and to interact in the social life. In this closing event, all women with disabilities were gathered along with members of the French Consulate, Asala, Handicap International and Planet Finance. Success Stories for each of the women with disabilities were presented and shared among others, and a short film named “yes we can” that talked about the project’s achievements has been presented
Radio Program “Forgotten Rights”
As a way to raise the awareness of the community about disabilities and the problems that people with disabilities in general and women with disabiltiies in specific face, Stars of Hope has partnered with Radio Nissa FM in July 2012 to present a program under the name of “Forgotten Rights”. A team of one woman with disability and a decision maker presented the show where women had the opportunity to discuss about challenges as well as positive experiences in their lives. This one hour show has been aired twice a week, for a total of 10 series. The following topics have been covered;
Employment in governmental and civil organizations.
Marriage and interaction in social life activities.
Participation in the political life.
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