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BZU Institute of Law Graduates Cohort in “Integrating Gender Criteria”

Wednesday
September 5, 2012
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On 2 May 2012, the Institute of Law (IoL) at Birzeit University organized a graduation ceremony for participants in the Integrating Gender Criteria in the Local Government Sector program. The ceremony was observed by Rabiha Thyab, Minister of Women’s Affairs; Dr. Khalil al Hindi, BZU President; Dr. Ghassan Faramand, IoL Director; Hanan Imsieh, Director of the Gender Unit at the Ministry of Local Government; and Khaled Shahwan, Representative of the UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP). The training initiative was implemented throughout various Palestinian governorates from September 2011 through February 2012.

 

 

In his opening remarks, Dr. Hindi expressed his pride at IoL activities and programs, including training, legislative drafting, consultancies, and research services delivered to BZU departments and to the broader Palestinian community. He commended: “The IoL is a significant think tank for legal information and legislation. It organizes seminars and conferences on themes of national and international law.” Dr. Hindi also announced that BZU is considering further technical support to the Ministry of Local Government (MoLG), including Local Government Units (LGUs), and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA). Such an effort pursues mutual national goals of building institutions to support the independent State of Palestine.


Thyab noted that integrating gender criteria in the local government sector positively promotes equality between women and men. It further helps in building a civil, democratic society that is dominated by social justice and true partnership. Highlighting past and present achievements, Thyab stated that the MoWA has played an active role in developing national government strategies, legislation, and gender-responsive budgets. In addition to contributing to the National Strategy against Gender-based Violence, the MoWA has established gender units in line ministries.

Imsieh explained that LGUs are required to respond effectively to local communities’ increasing needs. LGUs should be well informed of the respective community’s status, groups, resources, and trends, which will only materialize through an active interaction with all community groups. Imsieh expressed her gratitude to the IoL for responding to social needs, including its multiple programs targeting development of the local government sector.



 


Shahwan thanked the IoL for its significant contribution that has rendered the Integrating Gender Criteria in the Local Government Sector program successful. This important endeavor has been designed to integrate gender criteria in the work of LGUs, empower Palestinian women, and achieve sustainable development throughout Palestine.


Dr. Faramand noted that in this first phase of Integrating Gender Criteria in the Local Government Sector program, training and mentoring was successfully provided to a total of 346 LGU staff members at 163 LGUs across the West Bank and Gaza Strip. As part of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women in the occupied Palestinian territory, six UN Agencies, namely UNDP/PAPP, UN-Women, ILO, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNRWA, have implemented this Joint Program funded by the Government of Spain on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, covering the period from 2009 to 2012. In partnership with agencies of the Palestinian National Authority, the program has been led by the MoWA.


In conclusion of the ceremony, certificates were conferred on participants.

 

 

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