Gaza, 09/11/2021- Representatives of civil society organizations in the Gaza Strip, who participated in a specialized training course on media and life skills implemented by DWRC from November 6 to 8, 2021, concurred that it will enable their organizations to make a qualitative leap towards enhancing their media presence, as it will reflect positively on their performance and will allow them to develop plans to enhance their digital and media access to more target groups, in order to serve women's rights issues.
The training course aimed to develop the skills of grassroots women’s organizations towards enhancing their media and digital presence, and their ability to be actors of change, especially with regard to women’s economic issues, and to promote the principle of equality and non-discrimination in their communities, with the aim of fostering social change and working for gender equality in the world of work.
The course was attended by 18 female and male participants, representing nine women’s associations, cooperatives and unions, namely the United Cultural Society from Rafah, the Rafah Agricultural Cooperative, Beesan Benevolent Association, Nebras Association for Social Development, Rural Women Development Society, Juzour Al-Zeitoun Society, Zeina Cooperative, the Kindergarten and Day-Care Employees’ Union, and the PGFTU women’s department.
The training course was led by journalist and social media consultant Sultan Nasser Juha, and relied on practical exercises. It dealt with journalistic writing skills for addressing gender issues and enhancing the principle of gender equality, writing press releases, editing news, conducting interviews, advertising and carrying out press conferences, in addition to mobile phone filming skills. Abdullah Shaath, from the United Cultural Society in Rafah, confirmed: "This training will contribute to a qualitative leap for my association, especially since the “learning by doing” methodology used by the trainer contributed in refining our abilities and breaking the barrier of fear that hampered us from undertaking media work." He added: "Such specialized training contributes to enhancing the media and digital presence of associations and target groups."
The training also focused on developing the associations' media plans and employing digital tools to advocate for female and male workers' rights, and promote and disseminate a culture of gender equality. Hind Abu Amra, from the Nibras Community Society in Deir al-Balah, said: "The training paved the way for developing my digital and media presence, in addition to enabling me to address gender equality issues through effective media content that may contribute to bringing about change." Another trainees, Fatima Al-Dardasawi, from the Juzour Al-Zeitoun Society in Gaza Governorate, stated that the training broke many barriers, most importantly the barrier of fear and of speaking in front of an audience. She said “I participated in practical exercises on conducting interviews, preparing press releases and delivering them in a speech to the course participants”.
This course is an activity of the “Gender Equality in the Economic Sphere: Our Right, Our Priority” project, which is implemented by DWRC in partnership with COSPE, the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development and EducAid, and is funded by the European Union. The course was co-financed by the PSAC - Social Justice Fund.