An-Najah University Organizes Workshop on Local Development and Women's Empowerment
As part of Women's Empowerment and Local Development Project (WELOD 3), An-Najah National University's Deanship of Students' Affairs, in cooperation with the Students' Affairs Unit at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR), organized a workshop titled "Local Development and Empowerment of Women". WELOD 3 aims to increase the opportunities for the socio-economic development of Palestinian women and to protect their rights through two budget support components addressed to the Ministry of Women's and the Ministry of Social Affairs.
The workshop aimed to promote the active participation of students in university life in all its forms, including the active participation of female students in student council elections.
The workshop was attended by Mr. Ayman Al-Hodali, Head of Students' Affairs Unit at MHESR, Mr. Raed Debiy, President's Assistant for Community Affairs, Mr. Mohammad Daqqa, Dean of Students' Affairs, Mr. Eyad Al-Aqra, Director of Students' Affairs at the University, Dr. Sana Al-Sarghali, Assistant Professor at An-Najah, Member of "Amal" Project's team (Hope Project) and holder of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights at the university, Dr. Naim Salama, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the university, and Mr. Mahmoud Amarneh, from the Ministry of Higher Education as well as the Deanship of Students' Affairs staff and a number of University students.
Mr. Al-Hodali talked about the Ministry’s role in strengthening its partnerships with the local and international parties such as the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, which funded WELOD 3 project. He also emphasized on the importance of holding extracurricular activities for university students to improve students' creative thinking skills.
The workshop included two sessions, and covered several topics most important are the reality of human rights and gender in institutions of higher education, and female students' participation in student council elections.
Student Yara Rashid presented a paper on behalf of the Student Council President about the role of student movements in enhancing the participation of female students in student council elections, and referred to the efforts taken to increase of the social, economic, health, political strength and (capacity) of the women in their communities.
Dr. Sana Al-Sarghali presented a paper on the unified course for human rights and gender between reality and ambition, and gave an overview of the course's proposed course plan, which is being prepared by specialists from various universities.