On Wednesday 26 October 2011, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights concluded a workshop on “Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights” at the Orient House restaurant in Gaza City.
This workshop is the fourth and last in a series of training events as part of a joint project entitled “Promotion of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights” run by Al Mezan with support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
About 22 social workers from community based organizations (CBOs) attended the workshop.
The workshop consisted of 10 training hours delivered over two days.
On the first day, Mr.
Bassam Abu Hashish introduced the participants to economic, social, and cultural rights; special protection mechanisms; and international laws relating to the right to education.
The following day consisted of two sessions.
Salah Abdel-Ati introduced the participants in the first session to the rights of the child and relevant international humanitarian law.
In the second session Mr.
Saber An-Neirab discussed the United Nations special procedures system and regional systems for protection of human rights.
At the end of the workshop, Mrs.
Noura Ash-Shawa , the project coordinator at Al Mezan, thanked the participants for their attendance and reiterated the importance of making good use of the knowledge they had acquired and transferring it to local communities.
Mahmoud AbuRahma, communications and international relations coordinator at Al Mezan, thanked the participants for their attendance and commitment.
He asserted the importance of communication between the CBOs and Al Mezan to take joint actions to promote respect for ESCR in Palestinian society.
He also noted that it was important for the participants to make good use of the knowledge acquired with regard to using the UN human rights mechanisms in their own work, which can be supported by Al Mezan.
At the end of the workshop the participants were presented with certificates.
They requested further training on ESCR, which they said was relevant to the work of their CBOs in order to raise awareness in local communities in this field.