Fostering Positive Change in the West Bank: ‘Youth Bridges for Democracy and Participation’

Image: Dina Amin

January 10, 2024

To support community engagement and informed decision-making, PAX and the Palestinian Center for Peace and Democracy (PCPD) carry out the “Youth Bridges for Democracy and Participation” project in the West Bank. This initiative aims to provide meaningful opportunities for local youth to contribute to their communities, fostering empowerment and inclusivity. By, among other things, engaging with local authorities they generate more inclusive decision-making and create opportunities for youth and young women.

The “Youth Bridges for Democracy and Participation” project centers around equipping young individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective participation in local governance. Through training and field visits, the project seeks to bridge the gap between local authorities and citizens, specifically youth and young women. As well as theoretical knowledge and practical application, creating a foundation for active civic involvement.

Voices of Impact: Narratives of Transformation

At the core of this initiative are the stories of individuals like Bilasan, Mohammad, and Suna. These young participants illustrate how the project has contributed to their personal growth and engagement within their communities, showcasing the positive impact of informed and empowered youth.

The short documentary “Voices of Impact: Narratives of Transformation” offers a look into the experiences of the participating young Palestinians. This documentary provides a portrayal of the challenges and successes faced by these individuals, highlighting the potential for positive change through informed civic participation.

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This film is made by Dina Amin. Amin is a Palestinian filmmaker and vocalist born in Jerusalem. She graduated from Kingston University in London with a BA in Filmmaking. As a director, her most recent short documentary film ‘Om Suliman’ won an award for the best documentary at Inter-Rives by COPEAM and ASBU. The film is produced between May and September of 2023.

Your Support: Nurturing Future Leaders

PAX believes in the right of communities to shape their own futures. Trough activities like the “Youth Bridges for Democracy and Participation” we contribute to fostering a more empowered youth population. Your support for the work of PAX enables these young individuals to play a more active role in shaping their communities.

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