Aims and objectives
Aims of IWPS-Palestine
The following are the aims of IWPS-Palestine:
- To train and support an international team of women as a continuous presence in Palestine.
- To monitor and appropriately alert the world community to human rights abuses in the Salfit area and to intervene with nonviolence to prevent abuses.
- To effect change in world opinion towards an end to the Occupation, and to lessen the sense of isolation and despair of the Palestinian people.
- To seek and implement nonviolent alternatives to conflict in the Occupied Territories / Palestine.
- To support nonviolent civil resistance by Palestinians and Israelis, and to create space for people to become more involved in resistance.
- To offer supportive accompaniment to Palestinian civilians in the occupied territories.
- To provide an experiential model for setting up further international women’s peace teams in other areas.
Values of IWPS-Palestine
IWPS-Palestine operates according to the values laid out below.
- Context of international law/human rights
- Awareness of privileges of gender and international status
- Rooted in the local community
- Inclusion of Palestinian women in the process as much as possible
- Openness and accountability
- Open and non-discriminatory with respect to ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality and economic class
Tasks Undertaken by IWPS-Palestine
IWPS-Palestine has been involved in the following tasks:
- Intervention in human rights abuses
- Report writing
- Liaison with human rights organizations
- Media work: press releases and interview giving
- Village profiles
- Checkpoint watch
- Speaking tours/gigs
- PowerPoint presentations
- Meetings with Palestinian and Israeli groups
- Building/enhancing ties with like-minded organizations
- Maintaining a base: financial system, staffing system, IT system, fundraising system, communications, etc.
- Fundraising: maintaining a base, remaining accountable
- Supporting women’s groups
- Work with youth in the village
- Advocacy for prisoners
- Road block monitoring
- English teaching
- Selling olive oil
- Accompaniment of people
- Facilitating transport of goods
- Coordinating olive harvest support
- Providing international presence
- Research on settlements and settler violence
- Information gathering
- Hosting volunteers and delegations
Activities of IWPS-Palestine
The following are the activities specifically agreed for the period summer 2003 to summer 2004. (The aims supported by these activities are given in parentheses.) These remain in place until the next Annual Meeting of LTVs.
- Continue the Apartheid Wall campaign and increase international reaction to the wall (aims 3, 4, 5).
- Support the olive harvest by organizing and providing International protection and accompaniment (5, 6).
- Improve dissemination of information by expanding contacts, improved report writing, more strategic distribution, and producing quarterly summaries of the human rights situation (3, 7).
- Focus human rights monitoring and intervention in relation to the wall campaign and olive harvest (2).
- Maintain and improve relationships with other Israeli, Palestinian and international organisations working against the Occupation, in order to further our aims (4, 5).
- Respond to individual requests of Palestinian civilians for accompaniment in daily activities from army and settlers (6).
- Strengthen our relationships within nearby villages, with all sections of the society there and particularly with women.
- Increase capacity of the team through a. yearly meeting, b. training, c. systematic briefing/debriefing, d. reviews of policies and guidelines, e. improving decision making, f. improving communication between the house and outside (1, 7).
- Continue to recruit, train and host volunteers and improve the arrangements for this (1, 7).
- Strengthen organisational diversity by recruiting team members and volunteers from among women of colour and from the two-thirds world.