The Mission and the Ministry of Justice build training capacities on gender issues

Last week, the Mission completed a 3-day Training of Trainers course on Gender Concepts for the Gender Unit in the Ministry of Justice. The training forms part of a broader effort to build an in-house training capacity and support the development of the Gender Fair Legislative Committee of the Palestinian Authority.

The training was attended by 27 legal advisors from across the Palestinian Authority institutions, including the Diwan, the Council of Ministers, the Palestinian Civilian Police, the Governor of Ramallah office, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Attorney’s General Office.

Significant legislative changes expected
In the past years Palestine has acceded to numerous human rights treaties, including to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The revision of major pieces of legislation, such as the Penal Code and the Personal Status Law, is one of the top recommendations made to Palestine by the CEDAW Committee*. Therefore it is expected, in the coming years, that Palestine will make significant changes to its national legislative framework.

EUPOL COPPS supports capacity building
The Gender Unit in the Ministry of Justice has taken over the responsibility of coordinating the Gender Fair Legislation Committee. The committee is formed of legal advisors from across the different ministries and institutions involved in drafting legislation. In the absence of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the committee’s mission is to review legislation from a gender perspective. To this end legal advisors involved in legislative drafting should be aware of gender concepts and international standards on women’s rights and equality and be able to train their colleagues on these concepts. EUPOL COPPS is supporting the committee through capacity-building activities, one of which was the training of trainers on gender concepts.

Our goal is to make them to take over
“This is the first step in an effort to build the capacity of our Palestinian counterparts to deliver gender related training themselves. The objective is to enable them to take over the role as trainers for their colleagues. We will be able to say we have accomplished this, when our counterparts feel they are capable of taking full responsibility for the trainings. Then our role will be fulfilled”, said Irina D’Almeida the Mission’s Gender Adviser, who organized the training.   

* The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.