We deserve the right to live in peace
Despite being just 20-years’old, I have lived through these four wars in my hometown of Gaza.
Most recently, on August 5, 2022, at least 44 people were killed including 15 children, when Israel attacked the besieged Gaza Strip with warplanes.
People in Gaza are constantly trying to recover from previous bombardments while fearing the next one.
During the Israeli aggression, the children and women are among the groups that suffered the most psychological harm. Today, on the International Day of Peace, I ask the international community to provide us with supports to protect these groups in our society. I hope there will be no more attacks against us in the Gaza strip. We deserve the right to live in peace.
‘Helping survivors of war’
I am very grateful to be able to help women and children who are suffering today in Gaza through training from Trócaire partner Women’s Affairs Centre to enhance women’s capacity to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV).
The project, funded by Irish Aid, empowered 31,318 female and male university students to become leaders and agents of change in reducing GBV in the Gaza Strip.
At first, I knew very little about GBV and women’s rights but the training was very useful and it increased my awareness of many things happening around me. The Women’s Affairs Centre gave me a great opportunity to meet with different people and to conduct workshops for housewives, students, lawyers and journalists.
After my training, I was given the chance to deliver workshops on the issues I learned. I never imagined I would have delivered a workshop myself and advise others on gender, women’s rights and the law. This had a great impact on me. Even during Covid-19, we continued to deliver the workshops on Zoom for female students who knew little about women’s rights.
The training has greatly increased my interest in reading books about gender, women’s rights and GBV. I have also become more concerned with issues in my community related to violence and women’s rights.
After each day of training, I would go home to tell my sisters, mother and father about what I learned. It’s great to pass on my knowledge to them. I make sure to tell all my friends too and we have very fruitful conversations about what is happening around us.