• Introduction to the Training Course:

Protection of Children & Women in Armed Conflicts Project started with a training course entitled “The International Protection of Women and Children in International Humanitarian Law” targeted a number of female university graduates in different majors, on Sunday, Jan. 25th, 2015 in Assa’ada Land hall in Khan Younis.

The training course was 40 hours distributed on 5 days. The trainees has been learned information and skills in enhancing human rights values, mechanisms of protecting women and children in armed conflicts, mechanisms of dealing with armed conflicts victims (women and children) and lobbing and advocacy for women’s and children’s rights skills.

  • Trainers:

A number of trainers have qualifications, abilities and skills related to training subjects gave the course.

  • Training Methods:

Training method had been varied, based on the needs of the training. The main training methods used are: brainstorming, role play, case study, group working, PowerPoint presentations, and discussion.

  • Tools Used in Training:

Several devices and tools had been used, include: projector, laptop, audio device, and board.

  • Training Hall:

Training hall was equipped for several usages such as training and entertainment.

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  • First Training Day (Jan. 25th, 2015):

Within Protection of Children & Women in Armed Conflicts Project, Dr. Ibrahim Muammar, chairman of NSDL, stated the training course entitled “The International Protection of Women and Children in International Humanitarian Law”, welcoming the trainees talking briefly about NSDL, the training course, the objectives of the training course and the relationship between the project and the training course, being as the first activity of the project.

Dr. Nabil Attahrawy led the first training day. The first day included several sessions. In the first session, Dr. Attahrawy talked about Universal Declaration of Human Rights, focusing on the important articles that serve women’s and children’s case stipulated in. Then he ended the session with a recreational training activity aimed to revise what the trainees learned from the first session.

In the second session, Dr. Attahrawy talked about the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 AD. Then he talked about the main obstacles of making the articles of the convention effective.

Dr. Attahrawy ended the second session with an activity. The activity as a case study of violations against human rights granted by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 AD. Then Dr. Attahrawy distributed the trainees in groups in order to make the participation effective.

In the third session, Dr. Attahrawy talked about the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 1996 AD.

After the end of the third session, the trainees evaluated the first training day by a survey.

  • Second Training Day (Jan. 26th, 2015):

Dr. Salah Jarwan started the second day at 09:00 am. And the training day was divided into three sessions.

Dr. Jarwan started the first session with a recreational activity revising what did they learn in the first training day.

Then Dr. Jarwan compared between International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law, and talked about the 4 conventions of Geneva 1949 AD, the two protocols 1977 AD, regulations of war victims in Law of War focusing on the important articles in its protocol which related to women and children.

Dr. Jarawn also talked about mechanisms of protracting women in armed conflict upon International Law.

Dr. Jarwan ended the session with a case view and distributing the trainees in groups to discuss the violations which the person experienced.

In the second session, Dr. Jarwan talked about the principle of women’s protection in the Palestinian Territories, specially during Gaza War 2014. At the end of the session Dr. Jarwan presented about violated women during Gaza War 2014 and distributed the trainees in groups in order to analyze the video, identify all the violations women experienced during the war and find recommendations to protect women from the effects of armed conflicts.

The third session was about mechanisms of dealing with the victims of armed conflicts (women and children), where the trainees had a training on mechanisms of monitoring violations women and children experience, by role play.

After the end of the third session, the trainees evaluated the second training day by a survey.

  • Third Training Day (Jan. 27th, 2015):

Dr. Attahrawy started the third day at 09:00 am. The training day was divided into three sessions. In the first session, Dr. Attahrawy talked about the used skills of lobbying and advocacy serve women and children. Then Dr. Attahrawy ended the session with a recreational activity to apply what the trainees learned in the first session.

In the second session, Dr. Attahrawy talked about different mechanisms and skills used in raising the awareness in women’s and children’s rights. The trainees did several activates include working groups to organize lobbying and advocacy campaigns serve women’s and children’s issues.

After the end of the third session, the trainees evaluated the third training day by a survey.

  • Fourth Training Day (Jan. 28th, 2015):

Dr. Jarwan started the fourth day at 09:00 am. And the training was day divided into three sessions.

In the first two sessions, Dr. Jarwan talked in details about the granted protection to women and children in armed conflicts.

In the third session, Dr. Jarwan talked about the available mechanisms to protect children in armed conflicts. And he ended the session with a practical exercise aims to revise that did the trainees learn in the training sessions.

  • Fifth Training Day (Jan. 29th, 2015):

Dr. Attahrawy and Dr. Jarwan started the fifth day at 09:00 am. And the training day was divided into three sessions.

Dr. Attahrawy started the first session with a recreational activity. Then, he talked about CEDAW 1979 AD.

In the second session, Dr. Jarwan talked about Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women 1993 AD, and focused on the important articles in the declaration.

Then he ended the session with a practical exercise. The exercise was a group of studies of women experienced varied types of violations, and he distributed the trainees in groups in order to discuss the rised issue.

After the end of the third session, the trainees evaluated the fifth training day by a survey.

At the end of the training course, Dr. Muammar thanked the trainees for attending the training course, and stated that this training course is a part of the outstanding efforts NSDL spends for enhancing human rights values in the Palestinian society.

On the other hand, the trainees thanked NSDL for its efforts in Rafah, and stated that the training course participated in raising their awareness raising in women’s and children’s rights. Then team of the project and Dr. Muammar gave the participants certificates for attending and participating in this training course.