Ramallah-Palestine-ActionAid Palestine (AAP) held a meeting with the Palestinian Ministry of Labour to introduce it to “INTERNISA” project which is a network of synergies to increase the number of digitally skilled women employed in the Middle East territories via matching demand and supply in the labour market. The manager of “INTERNISA” project implemented by AAP, Ms. Laila Duaibes met with the Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary and spokesperson, Rami Mahdawi.
During the meeting, Ms. Duaibes briefed the ministry about the goals and impacts of the project on women and community. This project is funded by Cross Border Cooperation (CBC). Duaibes highlighted the fact that the strategic goals of the project are in line with the goals of the strategies of the Ministry of Labour in sectors of labor 2021-2023 and employment 2021-2025, that seek to bridge the gender digital gap and provide women with marketable digital skills.They also aim to prepare professional and qualified workers according to the needs of labor market. The project will increase the efficiency and relevance of education and vocational trainings to the needs of labor markets by defining the digital skills that could be used in the sectors of tourism, textile, financial services and agrifood.
Duaibes highlighted that the project will increase the rate of women participation in the labor market by equipping them with the necessary tools for acquiring digital skills needed for entering labour market. This goal complies with the national employment strategy of 2021 -2025 which focuses on strengthening the governance of labor market and developing policies and programs of active labour market. The relevancy of those policies and programs with each other will be promoted. The project seeks to instigate the development of a mechanism matching labour supply and demand in labour market.
The project will increase the possibility of creating new job opportunities in the private sector by introducing new digital skills in the previous sectors specially in the productive ones. This will be achieved by developing the INTERNISA network and platform of synergies via matching demand and supply in the labor market. Hence, the digital skills of women will be increased by providing women with special and professional trainings in those sectors. This project will be implemented within 30 months in 7 countries with 9 partners in Greece, Jordan, Spain, Greece,Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine and Italy.
Mr.Mahdawi expressed his happiness towards implementing projects that particularly address digital skills in a way that fits the strategies of the Palestinian ministry of Labour and contribute to building alignment and cooperation with ministry’s projects and programs with local and international partners. Mr.Mahdawi emphasized that ActionAid’s project will have a unique impact among other projects as it will increase the engagement of more women in labor market and assist the private sector with digital solutions so that the demand to new jobs with digital skills will be expanded.
At the end of the meeting, Mahdawi calls for keeping the channels of cooperation and communication open highlighting that the ministry is willing to provide AAP with any support it needs to achieve the goals of the project that serves achieving the strategies of the ministry.
ActionAid in Palestine (AAP) is a part of global federation working for social justice and gender equality and eradicate poverty in more than 45 countries around the world. AAP started its work in Palestine in 2007 to strengthen the resilience of Palestinian People as ActionAid believes that they should enjoy their rights to freedom, justice and self-determination. AAP implements a number of programs through its engagement with communities and women and youth groups seeking to empower them and enhance their influential civil and political participation to understand their rights and undertake collective activism to address the protracted rights violations resulting from the prolonged occupation of Palestine. AAP works simultaneously to enhance their leadership capacity and knowledge to practice their citizenship in holding authorities and other duty bearers to account.
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