The Social Program
This program does not only concentrate on Palestinian women and girls, it also reaches the relationships between women and girls, and between men and boys. Moreover, this program gives attention to understanding the reasons behind giving women secondary and lower roles in the society, practicing violence and discrimination against them, and working on weakening their own self-confidence in general. Therefore, this program focuses on the social issues and problems that face women and girls in their daily life with family and society, and which can be summarized as the following:
- Increasing the violence phenomenon against women and girls and lowering their status in the society. Violence against them practiced in various dangerous forms; especially women and young girls’ killings, committing suicide, cyber crime through social networks, depriving them of opportunities and services, and forcing them to marry at early age. All these factors have weakened women and girls on the social level, and led to weakening their self-confidence and roles in the decision-making at family level.
- Increased rate of educational problems at schools. These problems are presented in stereotyped roles of women and girls in the curriculum, practicing school violence against girls, and depriving women of education due to occupation practices and the lack of appropriate educational environment especially for Bedouin girls and villagers who live in priority areas. In addition to the social culture, which prevents girls of continuing their education that led to a high school withdrawal rate and early marriage.
- Degradation in the level of women participation in the community in comparison to men, also at the level of raising their voice and presenting their social strategic issues and needs to officials and representatives in the community.
The Proposed Strategy for Dealing with Social Program Issues:
- The reduction of gender-based violence and all its’ forms of discrimination against women and girls. This strategy can be achieved by empowering them and raising their awareness through training programs that help in exchanging experiences, lectures, courses, conferences and workshops that emphasizes the importance of respecting women and girls’ rights individually and as groups; especially for disabled women, refugees, and women who live in marginalized areas classified as (C) area.
- Improving the educational environment by insisting on the importance of amending the curriculums and bringing to light the non- stereotypical roles of women and girls. In addition to the reduction of school violence and providing all the possibilities which contribute to the development of schools and the work with parents and staff in order to prevent school withdrawal and early marriage problems. This can be accomplished by implementing various activities and programs, as well as providing psychological and social services.
- Enhancing the social participation of women and girls by affording them with the required knowledge, means and resources that facilitate highlighting their practical and strategic gender-based needs. In addition to empowering them in making decisions at the community level. This requires involvement and empowerment of decision makers whom support women’s rights and participation in community, and changing their views about the traditional roles of women and raising the awareness about their leading roles, in addition to giving women and girls the possibility to lead community and environmental initiatives that contribute to activating their community role.