We had the opportunity to include some of our American supporters to join our Israeli and Palestinian bereaved Women’s Group in their gathering on International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8 via Zoom.
This was a chance to connect with female Israelis and Palestinians who have paid the highest price to the conflict and are committed to leading a peace process.
We heard from two leading feminist, peace activists Israeli, Nurit Hajaj and Palestinian, Huda Abuarquob about women’s role in the promotion of peace in Israel and Palestine during difficult times. It was an opportunity to listen, to share, to meet and to connect.
We heard from our women’s leadership team about the Flowers of Hope project they have been working on – an album of pressed, dried flowers in honor of their lost loved ones as a gift for the U.S. Vice President, Kamala Harris to mark International Women’s Day (click here to view).
Huda Abuarquob is the Palestinian Facilitator of the Parents Circle’s Women’s Group. She is the Regional Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace. Huda has years of experience in conflict resolution, NGO leadership, and social change education and activism, as well as a life-long commitment to building strong people-to-people Israeli-Palestinian relations. She is a well-known speaker on issues related to Middle East politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Nurit Hajaj is a Mizrahi feminist activist and Content Director of the organization “Diversity in Action” which develops and facilitates culturally sensitive diversity programs, a lecturer of gender studies and women’s empowerment, Board Member of the organization “Itach Ma’achi” and an active member of Women Waging Peace and was formerly the Director of the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow’s New Discourse.