[Galway] Cooperation Under Occupation: Nawal Slemiah and the ‘Women In Hebron’ Co-op
Nawal Slemiah is the director and co-founder of the Women In Hebron nonprofit co-op in Palestine. It was established in 2005 and began by selling handicrafts in the Old City market of Hebron. Today it has more than 150 women producing items sold across the Hebron district – an area which is under Israeli military domination and where settler attacks on Palestinians are frequent and flagrant.
Nawal will be speaking in Galway on Tuesday 22nd November at 5:30pm in The View in Áras na Mac Léinn, Galway University to tell the story of her co-operative and what it is like to live, work and co-operate under the Israel’s apartheid regime.
Nawal will also be showcasing some of the goods produced by Women In Hebron and they will be available to buy at the event.
About Women In Hebron
Women in Hebron is a Palestinian nonprofit fair trade cooperative under the Idna Cooperative Association for Embroidery and Handicrafts. It was co-founded by Nawal in 2005 and is now one of the largest co-operatives of it’s kind working in the West Bank.
Members of the association gather together to do their work and socialise.
The co-op’s work is based on the idea that developing Palestinian handicrafts is more than just an income-generating project. It is in of itself an act of community-strengthening, of honoring the role of women in Palestinian society, and a means to show sumud – steadfastness – in the face of the occupation, apartheid, and settler colonialism and the harm this has done to the people of Hebron.
Hosted by University of Galway Palestine Solidarity Society in association with the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign