"Journey in the Memory of the Place and the Man…

Published October 27th, 2009 - 10:44 GMT

 Deputy Mayor of Amman, Engineer Amer Al Basheer, stressed the importance of women's role in different fields, especially in voluntary, social and institutional domains.

The seminar, sponsored by the Deputy Mayor, and organized by the Regional Network for Women in Local Governance (ARWN), with the title “Journey in the Memory of Place and Man… Amman – Ramallah", was held on the occasion of the centennial of Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), during which Eng. Al Basheer said: "the municipal work is one of the main functions which women of our governorates contributed to during the recent decades".

He added: "The municipal work has lots of details that require direct involvement in the daily life of people, which demands effort, patience and incessant work, and women working in this field pay their dues without any hesitation to help promote their communities".

During the discussion panel held within the context of the 100 years anniversary for the City Council of Amman and the Municipality of Ramallah, run by Dr. Lana Mamkegh, Mrs. Haifa Al Basheer, the first female member in GAM Council in 1980, reviewed her experience in the municipal work, the local governance, and woman participation in such field.

Mayor of Ramallah, Janet Michael, talked about the Palestinian women's role in voluntary, social, and municipal work, and their determination to perform this role in light of the political and economical conditions of the area.

She pointed out that Ramallah Municipality celebrates this year its centennial, which is but a starting point to execute a future vision of the municipality based on two tracks: the first is the future plan for the next three years, and the second is to enable the widest strata of the local Palestinian community to participate in this vision by activities of a public nature.

Head of ARWN, Arwa Balqar, mentioned in her welcoming note that this meeting aims at highlighting women's experience in the municipal work, and opening opportunities to exchange experiences between the members of the Network and the Arab municipal councils to learn from the best experiences through a series of seminars.

In conclusion, Al Basheer handed the participants with memorial plaques.


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