Elias

Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellow, 2020

IMPACT: SOCIAL

Addressing gender violence and toxic masculinity through education.

How have you impacted your community?

I am developing an educational project for Palestinian high school students in Israel that addresses gender violence and toxic masculinity and their effects on Palestinian society. I want the teens to understand how deeply entrenched and normalized these practices are in our daily lives, speech, and culture.

I have a dual MD-PhD degree and am currently working as a family medicine resident in Tel Aviv. As a teenager, I took part in multiple Palestinian-Israeli dialogue programs; later in life, I became a certified facilitator through the Seeds of Peace facilitation training course and currently work as a dialogue facilitator.

“I hope to empower these young men and women going through the program by enabling them to identify, call out and become agents of change in their environment on all matters related to gender violence and toxic masculinity.”