- Palestinian Territory, Occupied
My message to all the women of Gaza is that they should be aware of their rights and not shy away from demanding them. Their human rights belong to them and they should never give them up.
My name is Faten Hareb and I am a social activist in Gaza. My community faces a lot of pressure on various levels: economic, social and political. The women, especially in Gaza are subject to violence and discrimination because of their social and economic vulnerability.
My activism started at a young age striving to help other women with life difficulties; the AMAL programme trainings helped me further develop my skills and taught me how to become a leader standing up for women’s rights in the region.
I believe Palestinian women have made a lot of changes and sometimes can do more than one person alone. I am now much more confident and I hope to have influenced the lives of other women and encouraged them to move and strive to become leaders. I am now well known among my community as a leader and a problem solver. We should be allowed to live freely and in dignity like the rest of the world.
AMAL – which means hope in Arabic – supports women’s transformative leadership in Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The programme works through 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.
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