Gaza - The first training course on human and women rights in the Palestinian law as well as international conventions has been concluded on Monday by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor’s Gaza regional office.

The workshop is part of the capacity building of local institutions program, which aims to develop and build the capacity of five CBOsfrom various areas of the Gaza Strip. The program, in turn, is part of the second round of the “Women's Leadership Incubator” project, funded by the Swedish Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and supported by Rahma Austria. 

   The training has provided me with incredible knowledge regarding the status of women in international laws and conventions as well as in the Palestinian law   

Samaher Abu Zayed, one of the participants

The five target institutions have received intensive training covering various topics, including an introduction to human and women's rights in international treaties andthe Palestinian law, the development of Palestinian legislations addressing women's rights, the status of women in the Palestinian law, equality between men and women in rights and obligations, gender-based violence, means of protecting the rights of marginalized groups, as well as networking mechanisms with international and local organizations.

The training aimed at introducing the participating institutions to the culture of human and women's rights. It also aimed to educate staff of these institution about the use of legal language, including the governing laws, while writing project proposals to donors supporting women's rights, said Mohammed Emad, Gender and Women’s Affairs Advisor.

The participating institutions have shown great interest in the various training topics, added Emad. This is demonstrated by their commitment to following up on all the training aspects and their keen desire to learn more about women's rights in international conventions and the Palestinian law in order to find out all possible means of ensuring protection and wider representation of women in their respective communities.

“The training has provided me with incredible knowledge regarding the status of women in international laws and conventions as well as in the Palestinian law,” said Samaher Abu Zayed.

“Thanks to this training,” added Abu Zayed, “I feel confident that I can write well-articulated, rights-based project proposals. Doing so will also increase my chances of gaining donors’ confidence and, therefore, my chances of securing funding for my project.”

In January 2018, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor launched the second round of the “Women's Leadership Incubator” project to help empower Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip, promote gender equality, and encourage the integration of women into the community leadership system by training local CBO and NGO staff to improve women's living conditions in these institutions as well as in the their communities.