Thursday, July 1st 2021 – Ramallah, The Director of the Italian Agency in Jerusalem Guglielmo Giordano was invited on the International Day of Cooperatives under the subject (Rebuild Better Together) funded by AICS Jerusalem. Giordano expressed the importance of the cooperative sector which is considered amongst the largest in the world and since 2014, Italy has contributed a total of more than 7.5 Million EUR in two programs to support the cooperative sector in Palestine. Giordano affirmed that the cooperative sector proved to be one of the main drivers of sustainable development, and their impact was clearly envisaged in different countries around the world. In addition to the social contribution of cooperatives, they contribute to the economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction. In conclusion, Giordano thanked the Minister of Labour, Cooperative Work Agency, and the cooperative sector in Palestine for their long-standing cooperation and friendship with Italy, pointed out that AICS will be focusing on the agricultural cooperatives sector and women empowerment.
70 women and girls, mostly from rural villages around Bethlehem, participated to the first activity of the project: “Empowering women and girls through hiking and climbing”, implemented by Palestinian Association for Mountain Sports Development PAMSD with the support of the Italian agency for development cooperation (AICS Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo). The programme included a clean-up hike and an interactive session on gender norms and stereotypes and on the importance of preserving the environment.