Within the framework of the activities of the "Women Deserve" project, the Association of University Graduates inaugurated a skill-building program for 50 young female graduates with the aim of building their capabilities in order to enable them to actively participate and press for their economic rights, needs and priorities. The program includes training courses on leadership skills, entrepreneurship, green economy, and economic gender-based violence, in addition to community organization, pressure and advocacy. Mrs. Widad Sourani, Director General of the Association, stated that empowering women economically is essential for women to benefit from their rights, achieve gender justice, and enhance their ability to participate in decision-making. She valued the partnership with the Palestinian Working Women Association for Development in this project. It is worth mentioning that "Women deserve" is a project implemented by the Association of University Graduates for the second year in partnership with the Palestinian Working Women’s Association for Development within the "Feminism for Women’s Economic Rights" program. It aims to contribute to increasing the level of women’s access to decent work opportunities in the Gaza Strip, and to reduce economic violence based on gender. The project will include the implementation of community initiatives that enhance the leadership skills and participation of the beneficiaries of the project, as well as the implementation of dialogue sessions with decision-makers aimed at shedding light on the reality of women’s economic participation and gender-based economic violence to which women in general and young graduates in particular are exposed, and to enhance their response and support women’s economic rights, in addition to lobbying and advocacy activities to change erroneous social practices and patterns towards women’s economic participation, and to correct negative stereotypes that detract from their rights.
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.