Palestine - Ad Doha Municipality
In 2011, a Women’s Centre was created under the municipality’s authority. The center was opened by four women who were council members at the time to increase political space for women in the community. The main activities of the Women’s Center are meetings, educational trainings and open discussions on issues and the development of the community’s priorities. During meetings of the assembly, the municipal strategic plan is discussed and amended in accordance with the proposals of the local women. Open to all the women of Ad Doha, it has a fixed assembly and the president is a female council member. In this way the Women’s Center can directly affect the choices, policies and proposals of the local authorities, granting to women direct involvement in the decision-making process. Gender equality objective(s) Participation to local political life; promote access to education - 58 - Target group(s) Women and girls living in the municipality Success factors High level of active participation required Obstacles lack of a structural network between the main national actors involved in gender equality. The absence cooperation and coordination between various bodies, such as police, ministries, local authorities and civil society organizations Impact Among the main achievements of the Women’s Center in the field of education, is the opening of a local governmental school for students who before were obliged to enroll in Bethlehem or Beit Jala institutes.