Friday, 23 August 2019

Gender Theater: a female student group established from Al-Quds University, to use theater, music and singing as educational tools to implement social awareness, development and change through messages aimed to make a difference in different community issues, including the issues of feminism. The experience of the community theater, targets those who suffer from persecution in order to support and strengthen the capacity of individuals and communities   through the guidance, empowerment and support for equality and humanity. 

The idea of the Community Action Center is to stimulate and bring about social change associated with women’s issues within the Palestinian community through the medium of theatre.

CAC’s aim is to build a Gender theater at Al-Quds University to empower women to resist the illegal Israeli occupation and resist Israel’s attempt to occupy the Palestinian mind, obliterate the Palestinian identity and strip us of our humanity. The Gender Theatre project is an attempt to permit Palestinians to hold onto their rights, safeguard their identity and preserve their humanity. The Center was primarily concerned about the predicament of women as a result of the double oppression of the Occupation and the traditions and customs of the community.

The community theatre rose from the idea of community issues. Augusto Boal founded Theatre of the Oppressed and he sees "the world free-free, supporting the oppressed to confront injustice." The theater workshop will highlight young women's issues which will point to the consequences of predicting the future in the light of the present and the extension of the past. We are dependent on the strength of the basic elements of presentation and building public participation as a goal to reaching the spectator and the actor.

Process of work will be integrated between liberal learning, participation and equality at work, accessing feminist studies and experiments in order to refine personal messages, aiming to enable them to reveal their experiences on the social map and vision in the deeper internalized persecutor of oppression. The participants will become leaders for change by learning the language of dialogue and using the tools of public theater.

The students of the Gender Theatre choose the issues together, research those issues to gain better knowledge of them, then use dialogue and discussion for a deeper analysis in order to discover and explore the circuits and mechanisms of oppression. These stages form the basis of the draft of a theatre dialogue. The students are taught about good decision-making techniques, how to protect their rights, promote equality, develop the language of dialogue and respect opinions, they are given skills such as "containment policy" and others to overcome gender-related obstacles and put them in confrontation with the public.

Objectives of the project:

  • Giving the group the skills that will increase knowledge of the social reality  and the different methods to implement change.
  • Define and explain the map of values ​​in society
  • Understand the social phenomenon in order to put forward solutions.
  • Strengthening and empowering members of the group by discovering their skills and abilities.