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Palestinian Women's Center Overcomes Many Obstacles to Provide Technical Training to Those in Need

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Interview with Jihan Nasser, women's center computer technology trainer, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Palestinians under Israeli occupation experience many restrictions on their day-to-day lives, from lack of water and electricity to restrictions on movement to violence at the hands of Israeli settlers and the Israeli army. Outside Bethlehem, the Nassar family is struggling to hold on to its 100 hilltop acres, which the Israeli government is trying to seize to build more settlements, adding to those that already surround the Nassar farm. The family is working toward self-sufficiency on their farm, which they call Tent of Nations, as life grows ever more difficult for them and residents of the nearby village of Nahalin.

Jihan Nasser lives on the hilltop with her family. She is trained in computer technology, and five years ago set up a women's learning center in Nahalin. There, she and international volunteers offer computer training, English language courses, health education and farming techniques to dozens of mostly young village women.

On a recent trip to Israel, East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Jihan Nasser about her work in the village, the challenges she’s had to overcome and the difficulties the women she trains still face.

JIHAN NASSER: We have volunteers who come here and teach some of these classes. For example, I also teach computer classes; we have a computer lab. And for example, English classes we have people coming from America, from U.K., from Germany, from Switzerland, they come here -- women -- and give those classes. We also have art workshops. We have so many interested women from all over the world who come here -- from Japan, from Sweden, from Switzerland, Germany, USA, Italy -- they come here and do art workshops with the women to produce pieces of art and maybe we can sell it somewhere to the people who come and visit here and sometimes in Bethlehem in the shops. We have also a group for embroidery with the women. The aim of this is to make these women independent, to be able to survive in bad conditions in the village. Some of their fathers and brothers don't work, so there is no income coming to the house, so it's not easy for those girls to ask the mothers or fathers for their needs, especially their needs, for example, one story is they can't afford to have pads for their periods. So doing those workshops in art and embroidery, maybe it's good to sell those things and the income will come directly to them to support them and to be able to buy anything they want without asking the father or the brother.

BETWEEN THE LINES: The women here are all Muslim, in the class, right?

JIHAN NASSER: All of them are Muslims.

BETWEEN THE LINES: And you're a Christian family...but you're all Palestinian. Was there any kind of tension or difficulty?

JIHAN NASSER: At the beginning, when I started five years ago, coming to a very conservative village was not easy. You know, I'm not wearing a veil like all of them, and I'm not Muslim. In the beginning I had some difficulties; I don't want to say difficulties, but they asked me so many questions about me, my faith, about being a Palestinian Christian and how I pray and how many times, and all these things. And I always said to them, 'Look, I am Palestinian, and I speak Arabic and I live in Palestine. So I am like you guys, but my religion is different.' So it's good also to give them an idea about my religion. It's always good to introduce them to our religion, from that perspective, in classes, not directly, to be familiar with me and accept me in the village.

And since then it's okay, with no difficulties. On the contrary, they look at me as somebody and always they come to me and tell me their problems, and sometimes I have to sit and listen to them for two, three hours, and I always say, 'I am not a social worker.' But it's good also to hear another's problem and sometimes I can give advice, and just to be there and to hear them.

BETWEEN THE LINES: So if they're here, I guess that means they don't have a problem with their fathers or husbands having them come here.

JIHAN NASSER: You know, in the beginning, we did have a problem. The men used to call me and tell me, 'What are you doing in the village? Why are you doing these courses here and not in another village? And what are they learning in the classes?' If they are convinced they will register the wife or the sister, and if they are not, they will say, It's okay, you know. It's good that they used to call me – the men – and tell me, 'Please register my woman for this class or that class.' But I also want to hear it from the women themselves, to be able to call or come to the center and say, 'I want to be in this class or that class.' I think now it's changing after five years, and I have so many women coming by themselves, with their kids, and now I am famous in the village. 'Where are you going?' 'I'm going to Jihan.' They don't say, 'I'm going to the women's center. They say, 'I'm going to Jihan.' So even the fathers and the brothers, they know Jihan.

We focus every year on a different group of women. And for two years I decided to help, let me call them desperate girls who dropped out from school at a very young age and they don't know where to go or what to do. And they are so desperate. Every day in the morning we have a session for one hour; we talk about our problems. And it's really sad, to hear those problems for those young girls. Sometimes you know, I feel so upset and I go's too upsetting, and sometimes you don't know what to do, how to help. But as I said before, it's good to listen to them and hear those problems, and it's good to give them encouragement and to lift their spirits up, and to be patient and all of that. And I tell them always, just get out of the house. Come here, and sometimes socialize and get to know other friends, get to know other women, and hear another problem from another woman and be together and back each other. So this is, I think, also very important.

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