The awareness-raising workshops on “digital rights and protection from cyberviolence” were organized by the Community Media Center (CMC) within the activities of the “Community Mobilization and Media” project to enhance women’s access to justice and security in the Gaza Strip. These activities are part of the second phase of the Sawasiya project, the joint program between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UN-WOMEN, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to strengthen the rule of law in the State of Palestine.
The project aims to improve women’s access to justice, enhance their rights through advocacy and awareness efforts and raise awareness of the concepts of gender justice, women’s rights in international conventions and cybercrime prevention.
Andalib Adwan - Director of CMC, said that the Community Media Center worked through this project to train 25 lawyers and young media professionals on issues of women’s rights in local and international conventions. In the same context, Kholoud Al-Sawalmeh, Project Manager at CMC, said that lawyers and media professionals who participated in the training “Preparing trainers to enhance protection against cybercrime” led 5 awareness-raising workshops on “digital rights and protection from electronic violence” in Khan Yunis Governorate, south of the Gaza Strip, in which more than 200 people of both sexes, with and without disabilities, of all age groups, including students, workers and housewives, participated.
During the awareness sessions, the facilitators focused on digital rights and their relationship to human rights, women’s rights in local and international laws, and addressed digital violations of these, in addition to protection tools and mechanisms while using social networks.
The workshops were carried out in cooperation with a number of partner institutions in Khan Yunis governorates, including the Jaffa Youth Center, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, the Palestine Vanguard Society, the National Center for Rural Development, in addition to the Adam Association for Development and Development.
The Community Media Center intensifies its efforts in the context to create a safe digital environment in which everyone, especially women and girls, is free to use internet and communicate, by continuing to prepare youth of both sexes and empower them with awareness, knowledge and skills. In most of its projects and training programmes, CMC continues its preparations to implement a series of awareness-raising workshops on “digital rights and protection from cyberviolence” in the remaining governorates of the Gaza Strip.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.