OPT/Gaza - A 20-day project management training program was concluded,over two months, as part of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor’s Women’s Leadership Incubator project.
The training was part of the “Capacity Building of Local Institutions” program, which aims to develop and build the capacities of five local institutions from different areas of the Gaza Strip as part of the second round of the “Women's Leadership Incubator” project, funded by the Swedish Kvinna till Kvinna, or Woman to Woman, Foundation, and supported by Rahma Austria.
The five targeted institutions received extensive training covering various topics, including how to write project proposals, design, financial budget, identify needs, select appropriate funding and choose between the networking mechanisms available to contact concerned and interested local as well as international institutions.
The training was not only limited to covering theory, but also included practical applications on all topics covered during the training, including writing project proposals and checking with the project consultants, said Areej al-Saqqa, WLI’s administrative and financial officer.
The five institutions presented various qualitative project proposals aimed at improving women’s positions across different age groups within marginalized areas, including a project on educating women about online harassment and blackmailing. Another project focused on training deaf women at creating jobs online, and a third focused on offering psychosocial support to women suffering from breast cancer, added al-Saqqa.
Successful participants were awarded certificates of participation at the final training session, which featured a discussion between the participating institutions and WLI’s representatives focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of the training and reviewing a number of proposals that could be further developed during the next period.
The participants also expressed a need for a more detailed follow-up on management-related issues, including the writing of project proposals and other finance and funding-related matters.
Haitham Abu Tair, one of the participants, expressed his great satisfaction with the training, noting that it represented a very important addition to his experience. “It helped me develop my skills in a practical way that is suitable for institutional work.”
WLI’s staff conducted follow-up visits and evaluation of the institutions benefiting from the training to examine the project proposals submitted by them and provided the necessary advice and observations to the participating teams before they start their projects by the end of this year.
Each of the participating institutions will receive a financial grant as part of WLI to implement their project proposals after evaluation.
In January 2017, 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 structures by training local and NGO staff. This was done by including women as team leaders working to improve their living and work conditions in local institutions and communities.