The YWCA of Palestine, following its participation at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in Feb-March 2011, conducted three trainings for young women in June 2011. The trainings focused on:
1. Young Women Training on UN SCR 1325: 27 young women attended the informative training. It has motivated the participants to find out more about women’s rights and to see how what they have learned can be carried out in their daily lives. The training has been relevant and critical, and the trainer, Ms. Maysoun al Qawasmeh (through MIFTAH) had positive energy and eagerness to listen to the participants, and managed to motivate the participants and trigger their sense of action.
2. Advocacy: Promoting Peace with Justice, Women’s Rights and Civic Engagement: The training for young women as well as YWCA of Palestine board members, staff and World Council delegates included sessions on Palestinian Women and the Road to Resolution 1325, a Moment of Truth “KAIROS” (Statements and Actions), the JAI (Joint Advocacy Initiative of the YWCA of Palestine and East Jerusalem YMCA) and the Olive Tree Campaign, Journey for Justice and Advocacy Programs, as well as a session on the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Campaign. This training was well-attended and brought forth many questions from the participants in relation to advocacy, lobbying and working for peace with justice.
3. Civic Engagement for Young Women: The YWCA of Palestine conducted the intensive orientation training on June 24, 2011 which targeted young women to know more about the YWCA and be encouraged to be on the decision-making level of the association through becoming members and board members. The training included sessions by YWCA members, board members and staff on the history of the association, its governance and structure, programs and advocacy initiatives. Most participants expressed their enthusiasm about the work the YWCA of Palestine has been doing both locally as well as internationally in bringing forth women’s issues and working for peace with justice.
The trainings were part of the YWCA of Palestine and the World YWCA Power to Change Project under the title: “Enhancing Leadership and Civic Engagement of Young Women to become Advocates for Change.”