- Palestinian Territory, Occupied
After talking to people about our rights as humans, I feel like I’ve gained their trust and respect, I am no longer afraid!
My name is Hiba Awwad and I live in Ramallah. Here, our community does not believe in gender equality. Most women are under the strict control of men: they are not allowed to leave their house after the sun sets.
With the support of my family, I made sure to continue my education in Economics at the nearest local university. In parallel, I took the lead on initiatives to raise awareness on the importance of education within the community.
The AMAL programme hosted by Oxfam offered me training that helped me gain leadership and decision-making skills. The programme strengthened my interest to become a leader in the student council. At first I wasn’t confident about my abilities and I was afraid of public speaking. Now, I feel as though I had acquired the confidence to become a leader. After talking to people about our rights as humans, I feel like I’ve gained their trust and respect, I am no longer afraid!
My interest is now mainly to focus on human rights. I looked into my rights as a woman and read about their violation because of the occupation. This is why I plan to do a Master’s degree in Human Rights. I hope to play an influencing role in my society and to become an activist for gender equality.
AMAL – which means hope in Arabic – supports women’s transformative leadership in Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The programme works with partner organisations to enable women from poor communities to strengthen their confidence, knowledge of their rights and their campaigning and advocacy skills. The aim is for these women to become leaders who can work with their communities reclaim their right to political and civic participation and achieve long lasting positive change.
Photo: Ellie Kealy/Oxfam
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