Marathon with Hindrance: Palestinian Women’s Freedom of Movement – or Lack Thereof

This article was written as part of the Sharing for Empowerment project organized by the Lithuanian Center for Equality Advancement. Retaj women attended project workshops in Lithuania in September 2015.

For Palestinian women in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, one of the basic human rights – the right to freedom of movement – is denied by a complex system of physical obstacles, administrative barriers, and restrictive social norms. Continue reading

Retaj Delegation Arrive in Lithuania for International Project with Georgia

Retaj Women have safely arrived in Lithuania!

Lithuania on the map.

Retaj Foundation for Palestinian Women is honored to participate in the international project “Women in (post)Conflict Situations” organized by the Center for Equality Advancement (Republic of Lithuania, EU).

Women from Palestine, Georgia, and Lithuania will spend the week together learning from each other and sharing experiences. The programme is packed with workshops, meetings, lectures, and discussions. Continue reading

Asira TV Report No.2: Boycott Israeli products

16% of every Israeli product bought goes directly to support the occupation army which attacks Palestinians on a daily basis. Buying Israeli products means financially supporting the occupation.

The crew of Asira TV take to the village streets to find out whether local shops stock Israeli produce:

Asira TV reporters explaining to viewers why boycotting Israeli products is an act of resistance against the illegal occupation, and how to find out if a product is made in Israel.
Asira TV reporters explaining to viewers why boycotting Israeli products is an act of resistance against the illegal occupation, and how to find out if a product is made in Israel.

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Bubbling with the Wind

Having outsmarted the rain, children of Asira today were busy bubbling. Using home-made tools (dish-washing liquid, water, sugar, baking powder, glycerin, rope, and sticks) they created colorful flying soap bubbles… and a huge mess in the Retaj center. Lots of fun and beautiful childhood moments.

The playful activity was carefully documented by dedicated photojournalists and film-makers from the Asira Retaj Children Team. Here:
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First Report of Asira TV: Trucks in the village

لقد أمتلأت شوارع قرية عصيرة القبلية (جنوبي مدينة نابلس، فلسطين) بالشاحنات التي تحمل الحجارة لعدة أشهر، وخلقت المشاكل المرورية والتي تشكل خطرا على تلاميذ المدارس الذين، يميلون إلى اللعب في شوارع القرية التي تفتقر إلى المرافق المناسبة،. واستمرار تدفق الشاحنات من وإلى المحجر القريب أيضا يلوث الهواء ويسبب صعوبات في التنفس للمرضى وكبار السن، والأطفال.
هذا هو التقرير الأول للفيديو الذي أدلى به أبناء عصيرة الذين يحضرون ورش عمل الفيديو في مركز المجتمع المحلي ريتاج.
ترقب.

The streets of Asira al-Qibliya village (south of Nablus, Palestine) have been filled with stone-carrying trucks for several months, creating traffic problems and posing danger to schoolchildren who, lacking proper amenities, tend to play in the street. The constant flow of trucks to and from the nearby quarry also pollutes the air and causes breathing difficulties for the sick, the elderly, and the children.

This is the first video report made by children of Asira who attend video workshops at the local community center Retaj.

Stay tuned.