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Launching the Second Round of the Women and Leadership Initiative

 This month , Global Communities West Bank and Gaza, in cooperation with Injaz Palestine, began implementation of the second round of the “Woman and Leadership” initiative at 10 schools throughout the West Bank. This initiative targets female students in the 10th grade aims to break gender stereotypes in choosing future professions as these young women choose their course of study for the remainder of high school and, ultimately, university studies. The first round of the initiative was implemented for last year’s 10th grade students in 10 schools in the Spring 2014 academic semester.

As part of the initiative’s activities, a group of students from Betunia Secondary School for Girls visited the Global Communities main office in Ramallah on Tuesday, and met Eng. Lana Abu Hijleh, the Country Director. She shared her experience and successes with the students, as well as the challenges she has faced, and overcome, both as a Palestinian and as a woman leader. The visit was extremely inspiring and motivating for the students. They were enthusiastic to learn more about how they can become successful, and ways to overcome challenges that may face women due to cultural and social perspectives. The students from the other nine schools participating in the initiative visited women leaders in their communities earlier this month.

Also as part of Woman and Leadership initiative, Global Communities staff volunteer their time to “adopt” one of the targeted schools and work with the class to introduce the initiative, provide an orientation that includes information and woman leaders around the world, and engage the students in discussions that are designed to uncover questions and/or misperceptions about gender, women’s empowerment, and leadership. In coordination with Injaz-Palestine, the volunteers also work with the students to develop a project that demonstrates their understanding of the “Woman and Leadership” concept, and the role that they envision for themselves to educate others to further break gender stereotypes in career choices. Over the past few weeks, these volunteers conducted orientations at their assigned schools throughout the West Bank, and will continue to work with them until the projects are presented at a final competition. The winning school will receive a cash award as kind of appreciating their efforts.