Palestine - As part of the project titled “Combating Violence Against Women and Girls in the Southern Mediterranean Region” funded by EU, the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) and the Palestinian Federation of Women's Action Committees (PFWAC) in partnership with the Ministry of Education – Gender Unit, conducted a 20-hour training for 40 school teachers, psychologists, and principals on gender-mindful behavior from June 27th to July 1st, 2020.
The training aimed at raising teacher’s awareness on gender concepts, stereotypes and constraints for both boys and girls; discussing and clarifying issues related to Gender-Based Violence (GBV); introducing tools and measures to deal with GBV cases in schools, how to identify these cases, detecting signs, immediate reactions, and referral; ensuring the ability and understanding of teachers on how to link the theoretical framework regarding sensitive behavior to GBV in schools, through the curriculum, extra-curriculum activities and day-to-day interaction with students and extracurricular activities.
The training was divided into two parts, theoretical and practical. The theoretical framework part focused on clarifying and discussing concepts and terminologies related to GBV while the practical part focused on guiding and encouraging teachers to apply gender-inclusive and sensitive methodologies and to link them practically within their practices (behaviours) in the classroom. Moreover, the training focused on best practices and measures to identify GBV cases, and how to deal with these cases and refer them to the competent authorities within the Palestinian Referral System.
All participants expressed that the training impacted them positively. Many participants stated that the training will definitely enhance the techniques and the quality of teaching and that they will make sure to include more time and space for extracurricular activities. Others will set regular meetings with parents to discuss GBV related issues. A teacher from Farkha mixed school said: “The training positively impacted my understanding of certain methodologies regarding GBV, especially that I am teaching at a mixed school.”
About the Project:
On January 1st, 2019, EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI), with a consortium of member women’s rights organizations in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia launched a three-year regional project “Combating Violence against Women in the Southern Mediterranean Region”, funded by the EU. The overall objective is to contribute to the elimination of all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in the Southern Neighborhood States, by promoting a social environment that does not tolerate VAWG, and where decision-makers address it as a political priority. www.Ostik.org