Features - Palestine
Starting a business? Yes I can
The percentage of women in the overall labour force in Palestine does not exceed 14%. But some young female students have a clear goal in life: to become successful businesswomen. In order to learn how to start a business, they need to be trained, informed, motivated. A journalist of the EU Neighbou...
Spreading colours over isolation
Armed with brushes, paints and spades, their chosen battlefields are schools across the West Bank. A group of young Palestinian and European volunteers are travelling by bus to the region’s rural areas, renovating schools and bringing with them a message of solidarity to isolated communities. ...
A hospital powered by wind
Spreading the word about renewable energy is one thing, but who would have thought that you could run a hospital on wind power? Well, you can and the proof is in Hebron, where the Al Ahli Hospital plans to use wind power to cover about 40% of its energy needs. The project, which is the first of its ...
The Old Khan restored to its former glories
Few would have imagined that this ancient caravanserai could be restored to its former glories after it had been reduced to rubble by a powerful earthquake in 1927. Prior to that, generations of merchants had spent the night here on their travels from Asia to North Africa. But the earthquake l...
Women seeking freedom and respect
They have been trained and empowered. Today they run small business, they manage shoe shops, they even teach aerobics at ladies’ gyms. Palestinian women living in six villages throughout the West Bank were given the chance to set off on a journey of self-accomplishment. Despite opposition, mai...
A good recipe for farming? Trading pesticides for owls
It was a cultural barrier that the European Union had to address together with its partner at the start of a new programme to assist Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley. How can owls be good for farming? In Arab culture, owls are a symbol of doom. But as time goes by, results speak for themselv...
“I have learned to tame fire”
They have learned to deal with fire extinguishing and first aid, earthquake evacuations and drowning accidents: Over 11,000 Palestinian students from 577 schools have attended an EU-supported Civil Protection Training programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In cases of eme...
EuropeAid Feature - Masarat - A journey through Palestinian women's lives
Countries of the Euro Mediterranean area face common problems in terms of gender equality, such as stereotypes of the role of women or domestic violence. Media as a key source of information plays a strategic role in influencing societies and promoting efforts to fight gender stereotypes. ...
Combating discrimination and violence against women
Gender equality and stopping violence against women are in the focus of the EU-funded “Enhancing Equality between Men and Women” programme (EGEP) that is assessing the situation in 9 Mediterranean partner countries. Stopping violence against women is a priority, team leader Judit...
Breaking the wall of silence
Women in the occupied Palestinian territories have long lived in the shadow of their male relatives, often suffering untold abuse. Now, an EU-funded film project, ‘Masarat’, has given them a voice, shattering taboos in the most dramatic way. When local Tulkarem TV statio...
Eurojar Feature - RIWAQ to protect cultural heritage in Palestine
The European Union aims at protecting and developing architectural “common heritage” in Palestine by supporting RIWAQ, a Palestinian NGO, with 165,000 Euros on a period of three years. 50 villages are involved… Badi’a Zaidan - Ramallah, Eurojar The EU ha...
Eurojar Feature - “Masarat”: Palestinian women’s tales in four films
Palestinian creativity was demonstrated through four contemporary creations produced by women film-makers. Women artists were given the stage to express their identity, struggle and fears. Badiaa Zaydan - Ramallah, Eurojar Four films produced by four prominent Palestinian women film-m...
Iron Ladies from Palestine
The Euromed Women’s programme yields results. In partnership with the European Union, local Palestinian and Israeli organizations, including the Palestinian Media and Development Institute, the Jerusalem Women Association in East Jerusalem, and the Herzliya-based Center for Jewish-Arab Economi...
EU Helps Palestinians to cope with water scarcity problem. Yet, more needs to be done
Water shortage is a crucial problemof biggest concern for Palestinians.Oneway to deal with this crisis is adequate treatment of wastewater that would limit the deterioration of existing freshwater resources. Different partners from across the borders of Middle Eastern countries, including Palestine,...
Women for Women
The project "Economic Empowerment for Palestinian Women: Turning Business Ideas into Reality", has trained 125 Palestinian women entrepreneurs from Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus and Bethlehem, 100 Palestinian women entrepreneurs with existing business, and 250 women entrepreneurs (both Arab a...
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