The Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre began operation in March of 1995. “Wi’am” in Arabic means “cordial relationships” and developing relationships is the essence of their mission. The Centre helps to resolve disputes within the Palestinian community by implementing the traditional Arab form of mediation, known as Sulha, as well as Western models of conflict resolution within the occupied state of Palestine.
In an effort to respond to the needs of the community, they are looking towards the activation of more programs, activities, and fostering an already established network of peace-advocating organizations. This mission includes the propagation of the following:
Empowerment of Women: The contributions of Palestinian women to community development are inestimable. In an effort to boost the vast potential of women, Wi’am seeks to continuously develop programs that empower women in their roles of family, community building, children’s education and leadership.
Community Centres for Youth groups: Young people in the Bethlehem have few options for releasing and developing their potential. They face problems with securing places that can provide a safe-haven for their meetings, discussions of community issues, and activities. Long-term goals include the construction of a multi-purpose community centre that can host youth groups in an atmosphere of sharing and diversity of thought.