ABOUT US

Recently there has been a growing interest in alternatives to violence even at the level of long-term
political activists. In fact these activists and community leaders have specifically expressed their
dissatisfaction with the cycle of violence and its results, and requested information and training for active
nonviolence.

MEND, having built its reputation on a holistic and creative approach to violence in schools, has taken this
approach further to reach the general population. Working through film, the internet, radio, bumper
stickers, posters, and news advertisements, MEND has changed the local attitude to nonviolence from one
of scepticism or dismissal (when MEND was first established in 1998) to one of interest and appreciation - so that now even the Palestinian President talks about nonviolence. If there can be a visible nonviolence
movement, this will give hope to all those on both sides who fear the cycle of violence and cannot see
any partners for peace.

CONTACT

T: (972) 2 6567310

F: (972) 2 6567311

E: lucynusseibeh@gmail.com

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Gender Pilot Project ( May - December 2018)

The main goal of the project was to create a model for authentic advocacy and monitoring for marginalized women that can be used to enable them to be heard at all levels and also as a tool to build community. As a “Gender Pilot Project”, the focus of the advocacy was to be around issues of gender, as opposed to the overall political situation. Six refugee women from the Shu’fat Refugee Camp were enabled to acquire self-awareness, self-confidence and video-making skills on the camera as well as on mobile phones via Participatory Video training. The participants were given technical training via games on how to use the camera and they produced four films, on subjects they had chosen and developed. Each film was then edited and subtitles were added, and there were four showings and discussions, two in the refugee camp and two outside.The final meeting of the project also included a film of the “making of” and a short film of the discussions and feedback from the audiences. This was attended by representatives of the Palestinian Ministry of Women’s Affairs and of the Ministry of Education, where the films and the discussion so impressed the Ministry of Women’s affairs that they said they would change their policy to include working in the Palestinian refugee camps, an area they have not worked before. This project has been funded by PAX.

Check out the films made the women:

Recycling as Art

The dangers of early marriage

Rahaf's Love - Dabka

Interview about women's issues in Shu'fat Camp