The Palestinian Center for Peace and Democracy (PCPD) signed an agreement with the Government of Canada to fund a project entitled: Strengthening Palestinian Non-Violent Approaches Promoting a Just and Lasting Peace, through empowering young women and men on knowledge and skills relevant to just peace and international legitimacy, and to lead activities targeting decision makers and political figures making them accountable to a peaceful solution, as well as approaching other youngsters to promote for peace. 23 youth were recruited from the West Bank including from the Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Jenin and Tulkarm districts. These youth are activists in their communities and most of them are members of community-based organizations.
The goal of the project is to empower young women and men to become leaders who will advocate for peace, and contribute to solve conflict and to be active in peace building. They will increase their participation in political and civil life at community and national levels. Additionally, they will promote a peace program based on the resolutions of the Palestinian National Council of 1988 which was embedded in the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. This peace plan is based on international legitimacy and promoting an independent Palestinian state in the borders of 1967. The first training concentrated on the history of the Palestinian case and all political peace initiatives since 1967.
The training is scheduled to end by October 2018, and will be followed by meetings with decision makers as well as encounters with youth in the regions