Using a novel approach for activism called "MiniActive", the project will create an effective network of 750 Palestinian activist women who successfully demand their rights, and improve everyday life and their environment. One of the largest fully-volunteer networks in East Jerusalem, it currently works in 100 action groups of 5 people to solve hundreds of physical infrastructure problems each month. The activists also enhance their capacity by training in first aid, environment and leadership.
The 300,000 Palestinian residents in East Jerusalem suffer from a severe lack of basic services, such as education, health, infrastructure and maintenance of public sphere. Oppression feelings create powerlessness in people who feel under occupation. Effective activism is required to change this state of mind and improve life in East Jerusalem. Women are the most relevant for being the change agents for the future of their city and region.
The project teaches activism, democracy, and communication skills to groups of 5 women, each work to improve aspects of a specific geographical small area. Volunteers are in ongoing contact with service providers, resulting in hundreds of actual improvements on the ground each month. There are 100 simultaneous groups throughout East Jerusalem, and we seek to add 50 groups (250 women). Many of the activist women also learn first aid, environmentalism, leadership etc., and we seek to expand it!
The project will educate 750 Palestinian women in East Jerusalem to successfully demand their rights vis a vis service providers. It will impart volunteers with skills for effective democracy, activism and leadership to improve the environment and create change in their neighborhoods. It will build a large network that is seasoned in working toward lasting results on the ground. The project will impact the participants, as well as hundreds of thousands of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem.