In Palestine, women play a significant role in many traditions, as well as the maintenance, vitality and transmission of intangible cultural heritage. They are the keepers of the ancestral knowledge and immaterial heritage such as handicrafts, textile production, pottery, food production and culinary techniques, as well as dance and songs. They often are in charge of the traditions and safeguard knowledge in the more intimate family realm, but as well often in more creative, religious, public or official domains. Therefore, Palestinian women are often best-suited to increase awareness and appreciation of traditions in their environments through the revival of oral histories and culinary techniques in everyday life.
Within the framework of “My Heritage! My Identity!” project is planned workshops that aim to empower women and encourage them to promote and protect Palestinian heritage. The project planned to involve around 180 women related to women centers located along Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil trail in these activities. During the trainings, women from different communities of Masar Ibrahim trail gathered together in order to work on topics such as cultural or heritage storytelling, promoting cultural heritage sites in the community, gastronomy, local food productions and handicrafts.
As most of the “My Heritage! My Identity!” project’s activities, these workshops served to enhance the social cohesion between the participants, which were chosen according to their social backgrounds and geographic areas, to create a diverse group of women representing various views and traditions.The 3 exchange programs were implemented in three host women centers (Dura , Al-Auja and Burqin). The exchange program was the same for each place but adapted to each village local context. The training was coordinated by PCR and MIAK and was facilitated by a Palestinian Facilitator.