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First of its kind in Palestine: A Conference on the “Effect of Arts on Communities”
The Palestinian Performing Arts Network is organizing its first conference on the “Effect of Arts on Communities”, which is the first of its kind in Palestine. The conference will be held next week from 29 November to 1st December 2017 at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Al-Bireh. The conference will aim to assess the impact of performing arts as a powerful tool with which to engage communities in various levels of social, political, economic, and educational change. The conference will also aim to provide both local and international insight and expertise on the significance and added value of performing arts on society in regions of conflict and post-conflict.
 
ADWAR nominated among the 2017 With and For Girls Award Winners
Roles for Social Change Association-ADWAR received the Global Award of The With and For Girls for the 2017 competition, which is given to civil society organizations that target women and girls within their framework. The With and For Girls Collective is a group organizations that share the common belief that girls are vital agents of change.
 
ADWAR signs a project agreement In partnership with the UKAID
Roles for Social Change Association-ADWAR signed a project agreement entitled (Supporting disadvantaged Bedouin and rural women to formalize and manage income-generating businesses, in south of Hebron and East Jerusalem). In partnership with the UKAID and funded by the European Union. That was with the presence of ADWAR’s general director Sahar Yousef AlKawasmeh and the program manager Mr.Maher Hamdan, as well as the projects manager Mrs.Sana’ Alawi. The project is going to be implemented in partnership with women members of women's protection committees in priority communities, in addition to the local and Bedouin councils, in cooperation with the chambers of commerce and industry and the Ministry of Women's Affairs. The project targets Bedouin and rural women in Bedouin and rural communities south of Hebron and East Jerusalem, classified as Area C. (Abu Nowar, east of Jerusalem, AlZweideen and Susiya south of Yatta and AlRamadin south of al-Dhahiriya in Hebron governorate).
 
World Bank Approves US$ 43 Million in Grants to Improve Palestinian Living Conditions
The World Bank announced today four projects in the Palestinian territories aimed at improving living conditions and expanding opportunities. The projects will be funded by grants totaling of US$ 43 million, and will support of job creation, recovery and reconstruction, service delivery, and social protection of the most vulnerable.
 
UN report: Occupation is the main cause of humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory
As the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation approaches, OCHA’s 2016 Annual Report for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), released today, underscores that occupation policies and practices remain the key cause of humanitarian needs in the oPt. The internal Palestinian political divide is also a serious contributing factor.
 
World Bank Calls for Decisive Policies by All Parties to Stop the Deterioration of the Palestinian Economy
JERUSALEM, April 26, 2017 – Foreign aid and investment alone will have limited impact on the Palestinian economy without significant changes on the ground, according to a new World Bank report. A paradigm shift is needed among all parties to break the vicious cycle of near-stagnant economic growth and ongoing political uncertainty – and this could allow foreign aid to have a much more catalytic impact.
 
OCHA: Shutdown of Gaza’s power plant jeopardizes the delivery of basic services
On 17 April, Gaza’s sole power plant (GPP) was forced to shut down completely after exhausting its fuel reserves and being unable to replenish them due to a shortage of funds. Prior to this, the GPP was operating at only approximately half of its capacity, producing nearly 30 per cent of the electricity supplied to the Gaza Strip. On 20 April, electricity supply from Egypt, which accounts for 15 per cent of Gaza’s supply, also came to a halt due to technical malfunctioning that is yet to be repaired. Gaza is currently supplied only with electricity purchased from Israel (some 55 per cent of the previous supply), resulting in electricity blackouts of 20 hours per day, up from 12 hours previously, further undermining the delivery of basic services.
 
MADA Center - holds its Annual Ordinary General Assembly Meeting
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) held its annual general assembly meeting on Wednesday 19/04/2017, with the presence of representatives of Ministry of Information; Where both administrative and financial reports 2016, were presented and discussed.
 
Qatar Charity wins commitments worth QR100m for Palestine
Qatar Charity announced that the Humanitarian and Development Forum for Palestine has won commitments amounting to QR100m. Qatar Charity said the organisations and agencies participating in the Forum held in Doha last week have announced a set of commitments worth QR100m aimed at implementing a number of development projects in Palestine. The projects to be launched are in areas of education, health, economic empowerment and others.
 
Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030
International Women’s Day Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017 Date: 8 February 2017 Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house. In many cases this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning, of paid work, sports, or engagement in civic or community leadership. This shapes the norms of relative disadvantage and advantage, of where women and men are positioned in the economy, of what they are skilled to do and where they will work. This is the unchanging world of unrewarded work, a globally familiar scene of withered futures, where girls and their mothers sustain the family with free labour, with lives whose trajectories are very different from the men of the household.

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