For the first time, the Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights held a women’s conference titled “Development is a Condition for Continued Existence.” Bimkom organized this conference in response to the desire of the Bedouin communities we partner with in the West Bank and the Negev, and in collaboration with the women within those communities who chose this topic. The purpose of the conference was to help them learn how to secure independent sources of income and implement projects to support their families, while preserving the privacy and identity of the Bedouin woman. We were honored to host almost 90 participants.
Bimkom provided lectures by experts and specialists in this field to give the participants an introduction and framework for helping them initiate the small projects that they hope to establish, or to make existing projects successful. Together, we reviewed the challenges facing Bedouin communities and Bedouin women, and discussed the marketing potential of their projects, the importance of education, and the impact of psychological support on both the woman and the family.
We ended the conference by providing these women with a trip to the Spanish Gardens in Jericho as thanks for their amazing attendance and participation, and more than anything because they deserve everything beautiful.
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the conference. A huge thank you to Bread for the World for their funding, and to Heidi Paredes for her attendance and support; thank you to our speakers, Suhair Zaatara our business expert, Amal Nassasrah, the Director of the Sidra Society from the Negev, and Safad Al-Duwairi and Nawal Al-Zeer of the Center for Psychosocial Counseling for Women.
Special thanks to Yael Krifcher, Bimkom Fellow, and the group of volunteers who answered her invitation, as well as the clown group, “Leave a Trace,” who helped take care of participants’ children for the day.
Thank you to Bimkom’s Alon Cohen Lifshitz for your guidance and support.
Thank you to our friend and ex-colleague, Asmahan Samri from Comet-ME.
And above all else, thank you to Amal Zoubi and Diana Mardi for organizing and managing the whole conference.