Establishment of 3 national coordination committees in Jordan, Palestine and Egypt “Networking and Alliances”
In March 2013, and under the frame work of “Our Voice Counts”, three national coordination committees have been developed in Jordan, Palestine and Egypt and that to develop the coalitions between WWDs and their DPOs and relevant CSOs on the national and regional level. In addition to strengthen the cooperation between DPOs and CSOs, through the development of an instrument that will facilitate informed dialogue with national public authorities to generate support for WWDs political participation.
Stars of Hope and Raise your Voice Forum
Stars of Hope Society mainly in June 2013 successfully established a forum of different DPOs throughout the West Bank, who met together to work on the same theme and to fight for the same objective that is giving people with disabilities their rights, by advocating and lobbying on decision makers and authorities to activate the laws and ensure the implementation. The forum included eight DPOs dealing with different types of disabilities and existing in various areas of the West Bank. The forum was given the name of “Raise your voice”.
Disabled without boarders working in the middle region of west bank , mainly El ram , Ramallah and Jericho , they mainly focus on physical disabilities
Friends of the disabled, covering mainly Bethlehem area and focus on children and adults with physical disabilities
Hebron branch of General union of disabled they defend rights of PWD in general .
Thalassemia organization in Ramallah; they defend the rights of persons in west bank affected by thalassemia and focus on people ending with disabilities .
Al Baseera society in Jenin; they mainly defend people with visual disabilities.
Deaf union based in Qalqilya ;they defend rights of deaf people in the West Bank
Aswaat; they are based in Nablus and they defend persons with intellectual disabilities.
Arab physical society; they are based in Jerusalem and work with physical disabilities.
Stars of Hope and the Ministry of Transportation
In 2012-2013, Stars of Hope Society has partnered on adapting public transportation in regards to physical adaptations to vehicles, attitudes and approach to deal with persons with disabilities. An action plan has been developed; including:
Total 25 taxi drivers were trained on Rights based approach to deal with people with disabilities, besides technical coaching in different geographical areas.
In cooperation with HI, the ministry of transportation committed to amend Disability curriculum within the curriculum provided by the ministry while issuing driving licences.
Training for 25 persons with disabilities on their rights to use the public transportation and on how to advocate for their rights.
Adapting a one private car in the area of Bethlehem, and made it accessible for the use of persons with disabilities.
Stars of Hope and the Ministry of Women
Stars of Hope focal points along with the advocacy and lobbying officer has participated in June 2013, in a four days’ workshop event organized by the ministry of women with the presence of other ministries. The idea behind the workshop was to discuss and agree on the national strategy for 2014-2016 that enforces the equality and justice between both genders. The workshop was initiated by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, which aimed for the scrutiny to account the cases related to gender discrimination and empowerment of women, and establishing connections between integrated strategies and policies to empower the Palestinian women, and determine the learnt lessons from the accomplished actions towards bridging the discrimination gap between women and men, as well as empowering women in governmental sectors, prioritizing goals, policies and interventions in such sectors, in addition to determining the acting parties for each suggested policy.
Stars of Hope and the Higher Judicial Council
In August 2013, Stars of Hope has been approached by the higher Judicial Council to participate in an open discussion session about the Relation between Judicial Authority and Civil Society Institutions. This open discussion came at the time that Judicial Authority is planning to launch its national Justice Plan for 2014-2016. Different Organizations have attended this workshop, where discussions were held about what is requested from the Authority to do in order to meet the needs of the community in general. Stars of Hope has discussed that Women with Disabiltiies are expected to be victimized more than women without disabilities, and their voices are unheard. However, they can’t still reach to the courts to complain because the courts are not environmentally accessible for the reach of people with disabilities, no sign languages are available, and the people working there doesn’t have the capacity to deal with people with disabilties needs. Recommendations were highlighted to take the disability issue into consideration in the coming future.
Stars of Hope and its work with Sharek youth Forum
In 2013, we have worked with Sharek Youth Forum in the following;
Sharek had an initiative program called” let’s stand together”, in which they target youth from 18 to 25 years old and support them to think and make an initiative that they like to do, whether cultural, educational, advocacy and etc. Such a program has been proposed to our focal points, where they announced it to other WWDs in the field, and they have applied for.
Stars of Hope has been informed by Sharek that they have open digital elections for the youth legislative council project in Palestine, where also we succeeded through our focal points to circulate to WWDs who would like to register, and we succeeded in having a good list of WWDs.
Stars of Hope has also participated in a panel discussion that has been organized by Sharek with the presence of Zeenat Rahman, a Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues. The discussion was about the problems and challenges of Palestinian Youth. We had a speech in this discussion where we mentioned about the problems that also WWDs face.
Stars of Hope has been approached by Sharek for youth to assist in making a survey for a program they had which name was “Friendly cities for people with disabilities”. SHS team has supported in making the survey on the municipalities and local councils to see what these places lack to be accessible and how can they be adapted to be friend cities to people with disabilities. Moreover, in the end of the survey, Stars of Hope has also cooperated with Sharek on making the overall analysis of the data of the surveys done, which enriched their overall report.
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