Workshop on Rights Attracts Hebron Women

On Thursday, TIPH arranged a well attended workshop at the Spanish Academy in downtown Hebron. Women from the Old City and Tel Rumeida – both parts of the H2 area, got an opportunity to discuss how to address grievances to the proper authorities. The workshop was organised in cooperation with the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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On Thursday July 7th, TIPH arranged a well attended workshop for women living in the Old City of Hebron and other areas specially affected by the conflict. The workshop was organised in cooperation with the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Coalition 1325 in Hebron. More than 60 women shared their own experiences of living with closures and checkpoints, discussed what could be done to improve the security situation and to protect themselves and their families.

Maysoun S. Qawasmi from the women’s organisation Miftah in Hebron, emphasised that the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was an important tool to use, since it obliges the UN countries to recognize the special needs for women and girls for protection insituations of conflict or occupation as the one in Hebron. She encouraged the women to contact organisations like OHCHR and TIPH to document violations of human rights. The meeting then split up into groups to discuss cases and how to document violations.

— For TIPH, workshops like these are important in order to improve our work. TIPH’s mandate  is to help promote stability and an appropriate environment conducive to the enhancement of the well-being of the Palestinians of Hebron and their economic development; As recognized in the UN Resolution 1325, situations of conflict and occupation have different impact on women and men and demands different approaches. Without the women’s voices and experiences, our activity will not be complete, says TIPH Gender Adviser Trine Lynggard.

In addition to this workshop, TIPH is conducting a series of focus group discussions with women in these areas in order to get a more in depth knowledge of the security situation and the needs for protection.

11 July 2011

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