Nisaa FM: - On the annual International Human Rights Day on December 10, Radio Nisaa FM hosted an open symposium, held at the Millennium Hotel in Ramallah.
The aim of the symposium was to discuss the role of the youth in the context of women’s rights: the role of youth in defending the rights of women in society and their role in demanding the protection and access to human rights in general. And an aim was also to identify some points or means of promoting women’s equality, justice and dignity.
Theme: youth and women’s rights in the community
The symposium was entitled "Youth for Women's Rights: International Human Rights Day - Youth's Role in Defending Women's Rights in the Community " and it was held in partnership with the UNESCO Office in Ramallah within the framework of the NetMed Youth funded by the European Union.
The participants expressed their different views on women’s rights, the limitations in the rights for women in both Palestine and in general, as well as their role in the media and civil society institutions.
Wael Salahal-dien, from the Pyalara Foundation, pointed to the role of the media in playing the role of defending the rights youth and women as well as raising awareness of the importance of defending these rights. Media authorities have a responsibility of promoting the concept of human rights and women's rights with the youth and the civil society institutions. Mr. Salahal-dien also referred to the male dominated culture still firmly established in Palestine, which prevents many women from reaching their full rights and potentials.
For her part, the feminist activist Ibtisam Zaidan expressed how happy she was to see the younger generation taking part in the symposium and their response to the call to raise the debate on the issues of young people’s rights. She pointed to the need for adequate laws that can guarantee human rights; e.g. the proposed amendments to the Penal Code of 1960 to ensure better protection of human rights. Ms. Zaidan stressed the need for the authorities to get rid of the articles of the Penal Code used to undermine these rights.
The voice of the youth
A number of students from Birzeit University participated in the symposium. Their contribution focused on women's rights at work and the problem that working women face when not always enjoying their full rights. They also talked about the history of women activists and their active participation in the struggle alongside men, citing their valuable participation in Palestians wars over the years.
The students stressed the importance of promoting the concept of human rights in the Palestinian curriculum, and further educating students about the international treaties and conventions that guarantee human rights; most importantly the CEDAW convention guaranteeing women their rights.
This year on December 10 a one-year campaign to celebrate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been launched. The declaration is a historic document proclaiming the rights that everyone enjoys as a human being - regardless of race, color, religion, gender or language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world and available in more than 500 languages.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
The symposium was part of a 16-days campaign running from November 25 to December 10 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. An opening symposium was held on November 25.
To follow the full discussion (only in Arabic), you can visit Nisaa FM's Facebook and watch all streaming videos.
Source: www.radionisaa.ps (translated from Arabic)