Training for Female Journalists and Activists in partnership between PICD and WAC

The Palestinian Institute For communication and Development (PICD) in partnership with the Center for Women’s Affairs in Gaza organized training on skills of facilitating workshops in Gaza.

The training was part of the joint project between PICD and WAC “Every House has a Story” that working on break the stereotype and enhances the image of women in the media outlets.

17 female journalists and human rights activists attended the training that lasted for 20 hours divided on four sessions.

Etimad Washah, the coordinator of the project at WAC explained that the goal of the project is to enhance the image of women through visual production to promote women’s rights and create more advocates. As well as to screen films focusing on gender based violence and to convey a message through these films to change the traditional and stereotypical image of women issues.

She said at the training “during the training, the skills and how to facilitate the workshops, international conventions and laws criminalizing sexual violence and its forms, and the third and fourth Geneva conventions on detainees will be addressed.”

The training included the screening of three documentaries on women’s issues and gender based violence, namely,”678″ which talked about sexual harassment in public places and transportation, the film “3000 night”, highlighting the suffering of Palestinian prisoners. Also, the film “Salt of this Sea” revolves around the practices of the Israeli occupation and its barriers and its contempt for human dignity in the West Bank, all of which dealt with women’s issues and gender sensitivity.

Participants stressed that training is a step in the right direction and a new idea of its kind in civil society organizations to know how to organize and screen these films without obstacles, stressing the need to continue such workshops to reduce the phenomenon of violence against women through these films.

Yousra Abu Shehadeh, a participant at the training said, “The training added a lot of information and knowledge to facilitate film workshops and to delve deeper into the psychological and social aspects of film topics and this gave me the ability to know the directions and ideas that I might face while facilitating the workshops and discussing films. The messages of the films are strong and reflect the reality that women in Palestine and Arab world are living in.”

It is worth mentioning that the project “Every House has a Story ” funded by GVC in the frame work of the Med Film 4all project funded by EU will be carried out a range of activities and events , including the training of a group of young female directors in the production of films through mobile phone , the implementation of three days of film , the work of a group of screenings , discussion on film topics in six universities , three film days targeting government and public Institutions , 50 presentations in grassroots Institutions , panel discussions and radio episodes.

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