MEPI in Israel
MEPI programming in Israel strengthens community leadership and provides educational opportunities for underserved populations. Working with local implementers, MEPI strives to strengthen civil society's ability to contribute to a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The seventh cohort of Leaders for Democracy Fellows arrived in the U.S. on March 18, kicking off the six-week long academic portion of their fellowship. The twenty-two Fellows are based at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where they will complete coursework in democracy studies, conflict resolution, political mobilization, and communication.
One of MEPI’s projects, Min Ajlina, held a December 2009 retreat for Sidre staff members, a Bedouin women’s collective. Israeli NGO Shatil is managing Min Ajlina, which works to increase the effectiveness of Bedouin women’s organizations, such as Sidre, in Israel’s Negev region. The work Sidre does takes place in an environment that is traditional and patriarchal, which makes their work challenging.
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, visited the Min Ajlina ("For Us") Bedouin Women's Empowerment Project in Israel's Negev region on March 11, 2010 and expressed support for the program. The multi-track program aims to strengthen Bedouin women as social change leaders, empowering them to effect positive change in public policy and advance the status and lives of Bedouin women in the Negev.