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Enhancing the National Education Sector’s Role in Promoting Respect for IHL and IHRL in Palestine- Deir Ballut- Salfeet District

Deir Ballut is a Palestinian village in Salfeet District, located 15 Km west of Salfeet City.  According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics “BCBS”, the total population of Deir Ballut in 2007 was 3154, of whom 1600 were male and 1554 female. There were additionally 609 households recorded as living in 703 housing units.  According to the results of the PCBS Population, Housing and Establishment Census-2007, the illiteracy rate among Deir Ballut Population is approximately10%, of whom 82%are females. There are four public schools in the village; two of them are female schools, one male school and one mixed school. Most of the village residents are dependent on the agro-based economy “agriculture and livestock” and the Israeli labour Market to support their living. The agricultural sector of the village is mainly dependent on olive trees and the cultivation of rain-fed crops such as Okra, Snake Cucumber, Chick Peas, Barley, Corn, Onions and Wheat. Deir Ballut plain represents a major tributary of the agricultural production in the village. Women constitute about 80% of the workforce in the agricultural sector. This high percentage of women’s participation in the agro-economy doesn’t reflect the reality of women’s participation in Deir Ballut, as the bulk of this participation can be classified as non-formal, unpaid family work. Indeed, women’s participation in Deir Ballut at the various economic, social and political spheres is very limited. They are mainly entitled to traditional roles in the society, mainly household activities. They are also vulnerable to economic exploitation. Exploitation of Deir Ballut’s women at the economic level is best manifested in the degrading treatment meted out to women working in the Plain of Deir Ballut by vegetable traders from the village and from neighbouring villages.Two vegetable traders used to monopolize the agricultural products of those women at low prices that are terribly much less than the market prices. For long years, women could not sell their products for other traders due to undeclared agreement among traders from the area that allowed both traders to monopolize the products of those women. During this year, Deir Ballut Girls Elementary School took part in TCC’s project: Enhancing the National Education Sector’s Role in Promoting Respect for IHL and IHRL in Palestine. Funded by the Human Rights & International Humanitarian law Secretariat, the project is aimed at promoting the education role in the formation of informed, responsible and active citizenry prepared to abide by, defend and promote Human Rights culture, humanitarian law and the principle of respect for life and human dignity. Thirty girls from the 9th grade from this school were trained in IHL, IHRL and the “HRs Civic Link”technique.[1]