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Women Changing Outcomes In The Middle East

Women Changing Outcomes in the Middle East is a unique opportunity for women to shift the old diplomatic paradigm from piecemeal approaches to one of systemic change. Only new ideas will break this impasse.  Civil society groups on both sides of the conflict are in desperate need of strategies and frameworks for breaking loose a new peace process that does not rely on the diplomatic failures of the past and present.

This project began in late summer, 2013, at the request of the Center for Freedom and Justice in Palestine and We Will Not Obey in Israel. We gathered emerging young Palestinian women leaders from all sectors of society for a meeting in Jordan. The attendees included women from all walks of life: student activists from the West Bank, former elected officials, writers, journalists, artists and farmers. They represented the wide range of social, political, and religious identities that make up Palestinian society. The objective was an exploration of grass-roots strategies for shifting the now dead diplomatic process away from piecemeal approaches to one of systemic change. 

The initial meeting used a group process facilitated by the Center for Emergent Diplomacy to generate a collective strategy for collaboration among competing strands of Palestinian society: the Palestinian Authority, the PLO, and the civil society groups insisting on innovative non-violent response to the latest deadlock. An important outcome was a new strategic understanding that Palestinian activists are not alone. The group identified and discussed potential alliances with a new network of support.

The Center for Emergent Diplomacy, with its partners in the Middle East, will continue to meet with young women leaders to help them shift the social and political context of the Middle East dilemma, finding a new path to resolution and reconciliation.

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