Gaza-October/2015- Women’s Affairs Center conducted a study recommended to agree on a unified national vision for the work of vocational training centers which belong to the ministry of social affairs in Gaza and West Bank to protect youth male and female.

It was though workshops to show the study results implemented by WAC about determining the vocational training center’s needs, the participants were representatives from ministry of social affairs in Ramallah via video conference, representative from ministry of social affairs in west bank ,and representative of UNFPA.

The study is related to the project of “improving gender equality and empowering women and youth with reproductive rights” which implemented by WAC with participation of the ministry of social affairs and UNFPA funded by the Danish Foreign Ministry.

The main topics which were discussed during the workshop were about the project and the displayed report, current situation of women and youth centers that belong to ministry of social affairs in Gaza Strip, assessing the current circumstances for these centers, evaluating work environment, recommendation for developing the centers and staff capabilities, recommendation for increasing products and outcomes.

Wisam Joudeh pointed that this meeting was the first since 2007 with joining the ministry of social affairs staff from Gaza and west bank, so it’s a great chance to discuss the solutions for the vocational centers crisis. She also added that the displayed study serve the center’s needs.

It’s one of the activities that is executed by WAC with partnering with ministry of social affairs in Gaza Strip, were a research study is prepared to determine the main needs for the vocational trainings centers “7 women’s and youth centers”, aiming to listing the main technical and logistics priorities for these centers and the results were near to last year results.

The study were recommended on the necessity of rising the administrational and vocational effectiveness for the center’s staff, providing awareness trainings and activities for male and female trainers , and inviting international consultants with high skills in vocational trainings, It also recommended the preparation of studies and marketing plans to promote the work in youth training centers, women’s empowerment, and to increase working capital and productivity for these units, sending a group of selected trainees to advanced industrial countries to gain professional and technical skills, and raise the level of cooperation and coordination between the training and the private sector centers.

The study were indicated to the importance of reviewing the vision and goal of the Social and vocational rehabilitation centers by ministry of social affairs and determining its roles in protecting all age categories of boys and girls to suit with other centers to be (14-20 years).