Tasharuk is part of the project "Improving the resilience of communities in the governorate of Nablus through women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming", which is being implemented in Nablus (West Bank, Palestine) and Catalonia between January 2021 and June 2022. The project is funded by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation through its 2020 call for proposals and is the result of the collective work of Associació Hèlia, Sodepau, Women’s Studies Centre (WSC), Family Defense Society (FDS), and Escola de Cultura de Pau - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
The intervention is based on two basic pillars: the empowerment of women, and the co-responsibility of local communities and institutions in gender equality. The ultimate goal is to advance in the transformation towards fairer, more equitable and inclusive communities in order to strengthen their collective resilience.
In Palestine, the project focuses on improving the quality of life of women in Nablus by accompanying them in their personal and collective empowerment processes. The project’s actions aim to enhance the professional integration of young women in the local labour market by strengthening their resilience through training in rights and violence prevention, psychosocial care, and legal advice for survivors of male violence. At the same time, the Nablus municipality will continue to be supported in its internal gender mainstreaming process initiated in 2020.
At the community level, awareness-raising actions are planned both in Palestine and in Catalonia that will emphasise the local-global link to promote international solidarity and sisterhood. The development of the Tasharuk website is part of these efforts.
Finally, the project also includes actions of advocacy and denunciation of human rights violations against the Palestinian population in Palestine, in Catalonia and in international spaces.
Tasharuk [tasháruk], "sharing" in Arabic, aims to be a space for encounter, awareness-raising and dissemination on gender, culture and resistance in Palestine, exposing the interaction between the Israeli occupation and the dominant patriarchal system in Palestine, and how this affects Palestinian women and girls in particular, who are denied their right to a life free of violence.
Tasharuk offers a wide range of resources, including films and documentaries; contacts with Palestinian filmmakers, activists and women’s organisations; oral and written first-person accounts of Palestinian women overcoming situations of male violence; as well as publications and teaching guides to raise awareness about Palestine from a gender perspective.
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.