Engaging, empowering and equipping diverse and marginalised youth and amplifying their voices for peace

Sumud advocacy by Palestinian youth

Meeting in Walajeh

Coordinated by the Arab Educational Institute, Palestinian schools and youth/women clubs in the occupied West Bank are involved in an advocacy project for Palestinian youth in the West Bank (2018-2020). The project promotes civil society engagement in non-violent action for a just peace. 

In the project 600 young participants from the Bethlehem and Ramallah areas, including from marginalized communities, work on community topics directly relevant to youth and organize nonviolent community advocacy actions informed by respect for human values, civil rights, and international law. In communicating their sumud [steadfastness], participants learn skills to represent local communities and become ambassadors of Palestinian youth towards decision-makers and the world.

The project will have the following outcomes: 

  • Improved knowledge and skills of Palestinian youth related to leadership and advocacy.
  • Palestinian youth able to identify, and link with key stakeholders and grassroots activists.
  • Palestinian decision/policy makers effectively engaging with youth advocacy agendas on a just peace and taking the needs of marginalised communities into consideration.
  • Palestinian youth having documented and shared sumud narratives with Palestinian stakeholders.
  • Local level civil society engagement strengthened maintaining prospects for a just peace.
  • Decision/policy makers persuaded to take effective action based on the needs of Palestinian youth.

Equipping youth with tools and strategies to amplify their narratives through media and social media enables them to influence decisions and policies of leaders leading to greater local support for non-violent actions for peace. 

The project is financially supported by the EU and CAFOD.

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