In line with its mission and commitment to empower youth locally and globally, the YWCA of Palestine is organizing an international youth conference in Palestine, in partnership with few YWCA’s globally, and in coordination with the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), local UN organizations and NGO’s within the framework of UN Security Council Resolution 2250.
UNSCR 2250 urges states, UN organizations and civil society to consider ways to increase meaningful and inclusive participation of youth in building a sustainable future that promotes justice, respect, and security. The prolonged military occupation of Palestine and the consistent violations of rights, targeted mostly against young women and men, has created a desperate and hopeless state for youth.
The youth in Palestine constitute the majority of the population, yet the resources as well as representation in decision-making processes and positions nationally continues to be very limited, thus leading to their continued marginalization and exclusion. The YWCA believes that young people are and can be the agents of change, and given the right opportunities, support and platforms, they can create the positive future that guarantees freedom and justice for all.
For this purpose, and in order to deepen the awareness of young people around their economic, social and political rights and issues facing them, the YWCA and its partners within the global movement are supporting youth to organize their conference and offering them a platform and meaningful opportunity for participation, representation and engagement in the implementation of UNSCR 2250 with the aspiration of soliciting global support and building international networks of solidarity.
- Support a process of building youth leadership in Palestine and supporting young people to move from “subjects to citizens” and become active and positive agents of change in the Palestinian society
- Promote awareness of youth, locally, regionally and internationally on the realities and situation of young people in Palestine
- Support the dialogue between youth as rights holders, and the Palestinian government as duty bearers on issues that concern young people, their rights (e.g. education, jobs, health, safety, etc.), and their roles and entitlements in building a more sustainable future
- Offer spaces for youth from other countries to share successful experiences in their development processes as well as peace building, and find ways of cooperation around issues of justice
- Create and/or strengthen cooperation locally, regionally and internationally between the YWCA of Palestine and World YWCA/YMCA movements, ecumenical partners and other national and international civil society and youth organizations working on promoting human rights, security and a just peace in Palestine
- The Conference will be preceded by a witness visit, on October 10 and 11, and other events that offer, especially the international participants, an opportunity to learn and witness the everyday life and challenges of young people and learn about strategies of resilience under occupation. Participants should plan to arrive latest by October 9.
- The conference will be held from October 12-14. Participants of conference ONLY can arrive on October 11.
- Participants can also take part in the Olive Tree Picking (Keep Hope Alive Campaign), a joint project managed by the YWCA of Palestine and East Jerusalem YMCA right after the Conference. You can learn more about this project and others on JAI’s website.
- You will soon receive information on registration, costs, logistics and accommodation and you can stay up to date with the conference by visiting the conference page, which will be available on our website soon and following our social media channels.