Empowering young Palestinian-Women against multiple exclusion

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Empowering young Palestinian-Women against multiple exclusion

  1. 1. Empowering young Palestinian women against multiple exclusion.<br />ETF PROMOTING SOCIAL INCLUSION CONFERENCE, BRUSSELS, <br />2-3 DECEMBER 2010 <br /> May Amireh<br />VTC Supervisor<br />YWCA of Jerusalem<br />May-jerywca@alqudsnet.com<br />
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  3. 3. Women's voices<br /><ul><li>“Checkpoints look like jails, they are suffocating, I feel entrapped especially when I am trapped between 2 revolving doors.”
  4. 4. “I was not allowed to cross checkpoints and see my kids. They were told I was dead, when they saw me they looked as if they saw a ghost.”
  5. 5. “I always arrive late to college because of checkpoints. Is there a hidden plan to make us illiterate jobless and poor?”
  6. 6. “I have to disembark at the checkpoint, with my pregnancy, it is too nauseating”</li></li></ul><li>Entrapped bodies and lives<br /><ul><li>The everydayness of entrapment. Real agony.
  7. 7. Destruction of the family network.
  8. 8. Obstacle in the face of legal rights.
  9. 9. They face difficulty in the accessibility to educational, health, work institutes
  10. 10. They face spatial exclusion: the space they are allowed to move in is militarized.
  11. 11. The effect of exclusion on women's bodies, lives, time, state of mind.
  12. 12. They are excluded economically. </li></li></ul><li>Education as liberating <br /><ul><li>Education combats exclusion despite the militarization of spaces and time.
  13. 13. Employment combats exclusion and prevents further feminization of poverty.
  14. 14. Economic independence promotes gender sensitive life and mode of thinking.
  15. 15. Education and employment offer women opportunities to take part in the public sphere in order to reach the status where women will take part in decision making. </li>

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