JUSTICE FOR PALESTINE: WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE
WOMEN IN HEBRON: EMPOWERMENT UNDER OCCUPATION
In her talk, Nawal will speak on the historical and cultural significance behind Palestinian embroidery and handicrafts, a tradition that has been exclusively undertaken, sustained and revitalized by Palestinian women, her reasons for founding the Cooperative and how it has positively impacted the lives of the members. Nawal will also speak on the need for continued international support and advocacy for the work of Palestinian women and its significance for the Palestinian national cause.
About Nawal: Nawal Slemiah is the founder and Director of the Idna Cooperative Association for Embroidery and Handicrafts, also known by its trade name, Women in Hebron. Born in Hebron district in the West Bank of Palestine, Nawal founded Women in Hebron in the years after the Second Intifada to begin empowering Hebronite women to sell their handicrafts. Today Women in Hebron is one of the largest and most successful women’s cooperatives in the West Bank, with over 100 cooperative members from eight Hebron-area communities, a permanent market stall in the Old City of Hebron and a fully-functioning Cooperative centre in the Hebron-area city of Idna. Nawal lives and works in the city of Idna, where she has previously served as a municipal councilwoman. Her husband Akram has been involved in the Palestinian national cause since his adolescence and is an officer in the Palestinian National Security Forces, and frequently assists with the work with the Cooperative. Together they are raising their children Jaffa, Ghassan and Haifa.