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Muftah al Qada (Key to the Judiciary):
06 September 2015

A 2015-weekly program aired from 11-12 pm on Wednesdays. The program highlighted the legal questions and challenges men and women face in their daily lives.

The program was sponsored and funded by USAID, and had been developed in collaboration with the Roles for Social Change Association (ADWAR), a Palestinian not-for-profit NGO that works for the economic, social and personal empowerment of Palestinian women.


"Muftah al Qada" was aired in two segmented periods on Radio Nisaa FM. The first segment of the series was broadcasted from March to May 2015; the second segment ran from July until the end of October 2015.

Issues taken up by the program included, amongst many others:

       - questions of child custody and support in the event of a divorce;

       - women’s opportunities to seek legal counseling and support in connection with domestic violence;

       - rights of inheritance for wives and daughters


Based on personal experiences

The program "Muftah al Qada" was based on the personal experiences of Palestinian women who have had to go through the complex and gender-discriminating maze of the Palestinian judicial system. Along with a legal advisor, who visited the studio every week, the women were invited to discuss the legal aspects of the particular issue they were dealing with. 

Four workshops were held across Palestine in connection with the program. 
The photo left is from the first workshop that preceded the airing of the second "Muftah al Qada"-segment.
The first workshop served as a discussion forum with the aim of identifying the most pressing and relevant topics to take up in the course of the radio shows. The workshop took place at Lead International in Ramallah on July 6th 2015, and was attended by representatives from:
- The Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
- The Roles for Social Change Association (ADWAR)
- The Palestinian Maintenance Fund (PMF)
- The Enhanced Palestinian Justice Program (EPJP).

The show had an important mandate in aiming to inform women, as well as men, about their legal rights in different personal and social aspects of life. As the first Palestinian radio show developed with this particular focus, it played an important role in increasing public awareness about questions that many communities consider as a personal affair, not to be addressed in the sphere of public media.