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Human Rights Day 2015

Today is Universal Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And this year, marks the 50th Anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights. Watch this message from the High Commissioner Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: Watch it in Arabic, here: At TYO, key concepts and themes of human rights are broken down in the classroom so that children and mothers & participants of The Women’s Group, can easily understand them. With children, we discuss the right to learn, play, agree/refuse and live in peace and safety. With mothers, we Continue reading…

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Time to Start Your Entrepreneurship Engines!

Since 2011, TYO has prioritized entrepreneurship programs specifically tailored to address the needs of women in Northern Palestine. With the support of the Cherie Blaire Foundation and PalTel Group Foundation, TYO’s women’s economic development programs have provided intensive business development training, coaching, and confidence-building activities for women to develop their own business plans, craft their branding and marketing strategies and materials, and eventually gain access to capitol through small business loans. We are excited to announce that after many months of preparation, needs assessment sessions, and strategic outreach, the Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs has begun! The women will be offered Continue reading…

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Universal Children’s Day 2015

Today, November 20th has been declared by the UN as Universal Children’s Day. On this day, we want to share this powerful quote: “The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard. “ – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon We couldn’t agree more! We want to share with you a video produced by UNRWA, about human rights for all children. We think it’s great and we can’t wait to show it to our children in Continue reading…

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I Have Found My Voice: Catching Up With Entrepreneur Jinan

TYO recently had the pleasure of catching up with Jinan, founder and owner of Needle and Thread micro-business. Jinan is a former WISE II program participant and will be joining us in the advanced track of the Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs program. 1.Tell us about your business My micro-business, Needle and Thread, provides unique and handmade embroidered goods to people throughout Palestine. I make a variety of items like wall tapestries, wedding accessories, serving trays, tissue box covers and jewelry. I use diverse color combinations and make my products with only the highest quality thread. As a child, my mother, aunts, and Continue reading…

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In Memory of Thomas Wolfe

TYO mourns the passing of Tom Wolfe, our dear friend and long-time supporter of TYO and its work in Palestine. Thank you for all that you have done to change the lives of children, women and youth in Nablus. Related posts:Kunafa FestivalToday’s Count Down Begins three hours left! Kelsey’s Crafts: Yarn Stars

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International Conference to Our Classrooms: Joining the Conversation on Women in Conflict Zones

London can feel like a long way from a place like Nablus- the culture, language, and general layout are just the beginning of the differences between the two cities. But this week, there’s a special connection between what’s happening in the United Kingdom and what’s going on in Palestine thanks to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict- the largest gathering yet of world leaders, violence survivors, and key policy influencers to discuss the critical issue of conflict on women. Spearheaded by Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, the conference seeks to raise awareness about sexual violence Continue reading…

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Unlocking the door to employment opportunities

As we’ve been discussing a lot recently, youth unemployment remains a tremendous worldwide concern. The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently reported in follow-up to the release of an International Labor Organization study on Global Youth Unemployment trends, 40% of the world youth a unemployed. Though there are many negative social and economic concerns stemming from this issue, one of the main areas of interest for us at TYO is how underemployment and unemployment effects skills stagnation. Tomorrow’s Youth Organization tries to help the youth in Nablus to be prepared for jobs by developing their skills. According to the Continue reading…

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TYO Women’s Group Fitness Classes exceed expectations and lay the groundwork for far-reaching benefits

  An integral part of TYO’s Women’s Empowerment Program since 2008, The Women’s Group provides holistic support for mothers from local communities.  In consonance with other TYO programs, the Women’s Group fitness classes embody broader notions of psychosocial support.  However, in contrast to other classes led by the international interns, they are more directly concerned with issues of physical and emotional health.  Palestinian society is traditionally patriarchal, and women continue to experience myriad gender-related inequalities and subsequent vulnerability throughout their lives.  Women are disproportionately affected, both directly and indirectly, by socioeconomic stressors.  Their physical and psychological well-being is not adequately Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An interview with Reem Radwan

With generous support from the Abdul –Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF), TYO offers professional competency classes at An-Najah National University to enrolled university students. It is TYO’s aim to equip students with the professional skills needed to obtain employment post-graduation and provide them with the confidence needed to excel in their new ventures. Volunteer Coordinator, Ruba Hayfayda, interviews Reem Radwan, a student enrolled in the professional competency class to get her insights as to what she has gained from the class. Reem Radwan is a senior student in Geography at An-Najah National University and plans to begin working directly following her Continue reading…

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Dispelling Myths and Demanding Rights: The Women’s Group Spring 2014 Session Launches

In his annual letter released late this January, Bill Gates highlights common myths about global aid- and what areas should be focused on more in the coming year. Through this letter, he also discusses how myths about women’s empowerment and gender equality hinder global development. By addressing some of the key misconceptions about women’s empowerment- such as the right to contraception and family planning- the letter seeks to dispel some of the common hindrances that keep progress from growing globally. This week at TYO, we’re seeking to tackle similar issues and obstacles to gender equality as we launch the Spring Continue reading…