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An-Najah's UNESCO Chair for Democracy, Human Rights and Peace Concludes the Activities of "Youth" Series

  • May 5, 2021

The UNESCO Chair for Democracy, Human Rights and Peace at An-Najah National University, in cooperation with the Constitutional Studies Centre (NCSC) at the University, concluded a series of meetings that include three online lectures organized by the UNESCO Chair for Palestinian university students as part of "Youth" Series on Saturday, April 4, 2021.

These meetings aimed at enhancing youth political participation throughout the Palestinian elections through motivating youth to present their visions and themselves as a strong and effective alternative, for they represent the young Palestinian society. The lectures included discussions on the steps that can transform the challenges youth encounter into opportunities in order to enhance their participation in elections.

The lectures also stressed that youth represent the largest social group in the Palestinian society, including the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and must participate in decision-making positions and processes in proportion to their size in society.

These meetings were moderated by Dr. Sana Al-Sarghali, Assistant Professor at An-Najah, Chair of An-Najah Constitutional Studies Centre, holder of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights at the university.

Dr. Al-Sarghali stressed that the challenges that prevent youth from advancing towards public decision-making positions must be confronted to ensure gradual youth’s participation in Palestinian elections and enhance confidence in them and their role.

Dr. Francesco Biagi, Senior Assistant Professor of Comparative Public Law at the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Bologna gave a lecture about the legitimacy of the elections, constitution building processes and democratization.

Also, Prof. Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University gave a lecture about various topics related to the Palestinian elections.

These meetings included the participation of a number of academics and researchers from Palestinian universities.