Palestinian women who do not know the impossible..Psychological therapist and journalist storm carpentry and business

“Palestinian women are women who do not know the impossible” … a fact that unfolds for those who live day by day in Palestinian society … Despite all the difficulties, the limitations of the occupation and the difficult economic conditions, women in this society have found that they are looking for these problems, in what seems to be a passion for challenge, to achieve their goals in life and to add a new “success” story to the bright white record of Palestinian women’s struggle in various areas.

The first, but not the only, inspiration for writing this news story was a Palestinian psychiatrist who managed to knock on the doors of a field in which many men could not, which is carpentry. Psychologist Hanan Walid (35 years old), who studied psychology at Birzeit University and holds a number of certificates in this specialty, says she obtained a “carpentry” diploma in 2017 to practice the profession of “Lutheran “Union in Palestine, and during a period The diploma discovered her passion for this field in which she found herself.

Hanan Walid, 35, a mother of two daughters, said after completing her carpentry diploma, she decided not to stop at this stage and start a project, but she has many problems in this area. experienced, but it did not deter her and her. friend “Aziza” of achieving Their goal is to start the “Maryamah” project after overcoming economic and social problems.

Hanan spoke about the problems she faced and said she started from the first day of training, looking at the pupils in amazement and wondering why women go to the industrial zone to learn carpentry, a field that has always been stereotyped and spiritually associated. with men in Arab and Oriental society.
Regarding the choice of the name “Maryam” for the project, Hanan said that it was inspired by the novel “The Granada Trilogy”, which is the name of an Arab woman who makes everything with her own hands, hence the name of the project, which started in 2018, that is, after Hanan obtained the diploma only one year.

She said among the problems she and her friend faced were that none of the retailers took them seriously, and did not give them serious price offers to the extent that when one of the suppliers gave them a serious offered, they decided not to buy from him. on the same day.

Regarding the physical problems in the profession of “carpentry”, which is “the monopoly” of men in oriental society, Hanan said that carpentry is a “difficult” profession that also requires a lot of focus, as any loss of concentration her farm. in danger, noting that it also takes a physical effort to carry planks that one man can do, but she does it with the help of her friend Aziza. Hanan said while holding back her tears that the father of her friend Aziza – who studied business administration at the Al-Quds Open University – was among them in financing the project and believed in them, but he died before he saw the success of the project.

Intelligence in the merging of two fields, this is what Hanan did. She used her studies in psychology, as a therapist and psychologist for children and youth, and used this science in the manufacture of many wood products for the development of the child. and to help. him to develop his motor abilities and independence. The “Maryam” project did not stop Hanan from continuing her clinical and psychological work, which she studied and also loves.

Hanan said that after studying the market, she and her friend Aziza decided to specialize more in the field of children, and their ambitious project, located on the outskirts of Ramallah, began to produce designs that exist abroad. , but is not available in the Palestinians. market, products that, for example, help the child to climb to develop The muscles of the hands and feet.

Maryam also manufactures bedrooms for children and youth, with many innovative designs, and uses more durable and quality wood, to compete with other products in the Palestinian markets.

Hanan said he hopes and strives to develop the “Maryamah” project into a large company for the production of children’s furniture that is not only present in the Palestinian market, but dreams of one day being able to transport its products outside Palestine. .

A “journalist” makes Palestinian sweets:

The story of Hanan and her friend Aziza, the correspondent of the Middle East Agency in the Palestinian Territories, led them to learn about another example of the struggle of Palestinian women, their intelligence and their endless ambition in life, a model that is never less. successful, and reflects how a person can achieve success if he has the will, determination and perseverance.

The owner of the following story is “Haya Sheikh Yassin”, (32 years old), originally a journalist of the Nablus governor. She left her job when she felt that her circumstances were no longer suitable for her. She chose to be the owner of a project to make traditional Palestinian sweets, which was very popular among Palestinians as sweets Made with 60% less sugar, which made it a favorite for everyone, especially diabetics, it is completely free of preservatives and dyes.

And the “Quick” project is the product of great love, understanding and sharing between a married couple, and Haya says about it: “The support of the parents is important … but the husband’s support is the most important, as he is the direct supporter … and were it not for my husband, who is my main supporter, he would not have written this project this great success.

And Ahmed, who is Haya Sheikh Yassin’s husband, is a graphic designer who owned a project in advertising and media, but he sold the raw materials and materials for this project, and she got the end-of-service reward from got her job, and they co-founded the “Quick” project between them, which is “the son of her ideas”.

Regarding her shift from journalism to self-employment, Haya Sheikh Yassin said that she had previously worked as a broadcaster for the “Talk Show” program, which specializes in social issues, and that political events impose themselves on Palestinian life. , and she finds it difficult to directly change the program’s style to cover political events at the time.

She added that she found it inappropriate that there were raids, for example, and problems in Al-Aqsa Mosque or in the Palestinian territories, and she presented a program in which she received calls on social issues and presented songs, jokes and laughter , says that she feels that it violates her principles and exposes her to constant psychological pressure At the same time, it exposes her to criticism as a journalist and human being above all.

Haya Sheikh Yassin said she did not switch “directly” from journalism to self-employment, but went through work in public relations, and found it tiring to spend 8 hours a day in a job, and said asked herself why not put this effort into a private project. Haya adds that when she started her own project, she found that she was ready to work 12 hours straight without feeling tired or bored.

However, Haya, who is now a member of the Palestinian Businesswomen Forum, says her private project did not stop her from practicing journalism, as she also works as a freelance journalist and covers news related mainly to women, children and education issues. .

The “Quick” project produces sweets and sesame seeds, which are well-known sweets in Nablus, and offers them in 12 different and distinctive flavors, making it a distinctive brand in the Palestinian market. And the fame that his product gained in the Palestinian market due to its quality, it is now exported to the United States of America.

Haya Sheikh Yassin, now a member of the Palestinian Business Women’s Council, said she benefited from the experience of workers in the old confectionery factories in “Nablus”, which was closed due to the invasion 20 years ago, as she contacted them, and benefited. from their experience and not “in vain,” to “learn the secret of craftsmanship.” “Nablusia’s monthly sweets, and it also hired a nutritionist to offer a product that matches Nablus’s long-standing reputation.

Complete the battle of the father:

Talking about the heroism of Palestinian women in various fields is not understood by volumes, and if there is one story that is the best conclusion to renewed stories that show the purity of the minerals of Palestinian women, it is the story of Lydia Al-Rimawi: the wife of the imprisoned Abdul Karim Al-Rimawi, who has been imprisoned in the Israeli occupation prisons for 22 years and is now (45) years old. year), which means he spent almost half of his life inside. the walls of the occupation prisons.

Abd al-Karim al-Rimawi – whose name is attributed to the town “Beit Rima” in the Ramallah district – was imprisoned in 2001, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. The cruel occupation prevented them from having their best days by bringing along as “Rand” gave birth to Abdul Karim al-Rimawi’s first daughter, just 8 months before he was captured.
Lydia Al-Rimawi raised her daughter to present herself to society as a good and good role model, and she is now one of the most effective and successful students in the Faculty of Mass Communication at Birzeit University.

Rand Al-Rimawi, who is no less in her struggle than her father and mother, said she entered the Faculty of Information, believed in his message, and in fulfilling the dream that her father did not complete.

Rand (22) is in her final year of media school, with only one month left. Rand – a promising journalist, as described by her professors at the Information College – is eagerly waiting to start practicing journalism to shed light on the crimes of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people.

And the Palestinians – as I mentioned – do not know the impossible. The prison did not prevent Lydia Al-Rimawi from having a child for her husband, as she not only built a house for him, but also gave birth to a son for him, despite the limitations of the occupation, and it was through what later became known as “smuggled sperm.” The son of her idea is the child “Majd”, who was born in 2013.

Lydia Al-Rimawi said that her husband and her imprisoned partner, Abdul Karim Al-Rimawi, had the right to have a child, and when Majd came alive, she felt she had the restrictions of occupation, imprisonment and injustice broke. Israeli laws against the Palestinian people.

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