My name is Zoë, I’m Canadian, and I recently finished my Masters in Social Work at McGill University, focusing my studies on international and community development. From October 2014 until January 2015 I’ll be participating in the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The purpose of the program is to bring internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. To “provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace”. In this blog I’ll share some of the stories, thoughts, and photos that I gather during my time in the West Bank.
In the rest of my life I’m particularly passionate about working with teenagers. I based my masters’ research around fostering youth resilience, and I’ve invested much of my energy over the last few years in a small non-profit, volunteer-run organization that takes teenagers on canoe trips. Some of the specific issues I hope to focus on in this blog include access to education, child rights, youth justice issues, and the power of young people in leading social change. I’m not pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian. I’m pro-human rights, pro-international and humanitarian law, and pro-peace.
DISCLAIMER: I am participating in a program with the United Church of Canada as an Ecumenical Accompanier serving in the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The views contained here are personal to me and do not necessarily reflect those of the United Church of Canada or the World Council of Churches. If you would like to publish the information contained here (including posting on a website), or distribute it further, please first contact the EAPPI Communications Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for permission. Thank you.