Geographic Area: West Bank, Gaza Strip

Donor: AICS, APLA

Period: 24 months

Thematic Area: support for disability, gender equality, economic development, human rights

Local Partners: APLA (Association of Palestinian Local Authorities), SEC (Small Enterprise Center)

Italian Partners: RIDS (Italian Disability and Development Network), ARCO-PIN

General Objective: Strengthening the rights of people with disabilities in Palestine.

Specific Objective: Strengthen skills on disability at municipal and civil society level; Contribute effectively to the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities through increased socio-economic empowerment of PCDs, their families and DPOs.

Direct Beneficiaries: At least 6 PCDs, including 3 DCDs, receive TOT training on disability; at least 120 representatives of municipalities / local authorities benefit from the theoretical workshops on disability; at least 180 representatives of municipalities / local authorities / governorates benefit from practical workshops on disability; at least 40 of DPOs / CBOs / CBR benefit from networking and coordination activities with municipalities / local bodies; a municipality will receive the Inclusive Municipality Prize; at least 10 CBRs from the Gaza Strip will benefit from disability workshops; at least 2000 of PCD, DCD, family members, DPOs / CBOs / CBR / municipalities will receive the practical guide; at least 40 of DPOs / CBOs / CBR and 40 municipalities benefit from networking and data collection activities; at least 20 communities between Gaza and WB benefit from restructuring and accessibility interventions; at least 45 architects / engineers from municipalities will receive accessibility and universal design training; at least 10,000 people are reached by the social media campaign; at least 270 representatives of the private sector benefit from the round tables for the right to work of PCDs; at least 7,500 secondary school students are affected by the school awareness campaign; at least 6 DCDs, and related DPOs, receive training on the balance of skills; at least 400 PCDs, of which 70% DCD and BCD mothers, receive their skills balance; at least 250 PCDs, including 70% DCD and BCD mothers, benefit from socio-occupational inclusion activities; at least 200 people participate in the realization of social iftar; at least 54 PCDs, of which 60%, receive peer counseling training; at least 40 PCD mothers benefit from networking activities; at least 900 PCDs, including 60% DCDs, and their family members benefit from peer counseling sessions; at least 2500 people including PCD, DCD, family members, representatives of public institutions and private companies, local and international DPOs / CBOs / CBR and NGOs benefit from the events of the project.

Indirect beneficiaries: At least 200,000 PCDs and their families, who will benefit from the improvement of the services dedicated to them; the local communities of the areas involved in the project, who will benefit from the dissemination activities of the examples of disability mainstreaming; Palestinian society in general, which will be able to count on a system more attentive to the rights of PCDs and in particular women with disabilities and an environment in which PCDs (and in particular DCDs) have access to the same opportunities as people without disabilities; at least 60% of the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will be reached by the awareness campaign

Project Summary: the starting situation on which the project wants to intervene finds the PCD in Palestine in a serious condition of economic and social marginalization. Most people with disabilities are excluded from enjoying their rights because of social and environmental impediments. Due to this situation, PCDs and their families are confined to a condition of socio-economic marginality that has worsened over the years, fueling a negative trend often associated with charitable initiatives or spontaneous forms of associationism. Really available personal services (rehabilitations, professional training, micro-credit provision, psychosocial support, legal coverage, etc.) are insufficient and irregularly distributed throughout the territory, as well as mainly offered by non-profit organizations (local and international ) who work on a project, dependent on donors and often in hostile relationships with the government bodies to which they make up. This situation leads to a discontinuous provision of services and a strong concentration in the main urban centers.

The project aims to consolidate the rights of people with disabilities, strengthening skills on disability at municipal and civil society level and strengthening coordination between organizations active in the field of disability. In addition, the activity works to improve the accessibility of public buildings or buildings of community interest within the areas involved in the initiative and to sensitize the population to PCD rights, with particular reference to the right to work and to school inclusion, which is its pre-condition. Lastly, the activity is aimed at promoting and promoting the socio-economic inclusion of the PCD, a fundamental element for the full achievement of the rights of the PCD. The activity aims to use the dual track approach, acting simultaneously on the one hand for the strengthening of the professional skills of PCDs, in particular DCDs and BCD mothers, and on the other hand on society through the deployment of destined supports to existing economic activities that are willing to actively participate in the economic inclusion of PCDs.

The action is part of the international framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) (UNCRPD) - which establishes the protection of the rights of women and girls with disabilities, the protection of people with disabilities even in situations of conflict and humanitarian emergency and the right to inclusion in international cooperation practices - and in that of the Convention for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (1979) (CEDAW). The aims and activities of the project are fully integrated with the Palestinian Country Strategic Plan 2018-22 (Social Protection and Development) and the National Strategic Plan for Disability Sector in WB and Gaza, drafted in 2013 by the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs and the law national n. 4/99 which establishes equal rights for PCDs.