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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Current Projects

 Our Right to Health and Happiness 

A new participatory video project has been started in December 2018 with women of the Shu'fat Refugee Camp. The project aims to address the issue of mental health problems and to break the stigma around it. Therefore the participating women received workshops about film making as well as workshops with a psychologist who sensitized them and informed about  mental health issues. After that the women shared their own stories with each other and started to develop a draft for their own films. The finalized film will be shown in various locations inside and outside East Jerusalem. There will be room for an open discussion with the audience after every screening. Like this the public awareness about mental health issues will be raised and the stigma will be decreased.

The project is funded by PAX.

Youmiyat

This project aims the empowering of Palestinian students to tell their stories on mobile phones. Furthermore the Palestinian education system will be analyzed on basis of these stories. 

The projected started by April 2019 and will last for four months, but with a gap in work during Ramadan. The participants will produce short (2-4 min) film stories about their daily lives and issues of interest and concern to them. They will post the stories online and also lead discussions, including with the Ministry of Education, analyzing the impact of the education system on them and on their choice of films. The participants will be given in-depth technical training in filming, recording and editing, with the focus on the production of short film stories, along with basic reporting and interview techniques. In addition to the technical training, there will be introductory workshops on leadership, gender (especially gender in media), nonviolence and human rights, and introduction to storytelling. The participants will also be trained in media ethics and the use of social media.

 

The participants are ten to twelve media students, boys and girls, from different universities: BirZeit, Al-Quds, and the “modern technical college” in Ramallah.