Along the varied landscape and along the villages of the five governances that the trail passes through, the The Palestinian Heritage Trail works with 17 women’s cooperatives in various stages of development. In addition to mapping and waymarking the trail for hikers’ recreation, The Palestinian Heritage Trail supports these women’s cooperatives, keeping in mind a two-fold goal: highlighting cultural heritage and supporting local economies.
From The Palestinian Heritage Trail’s northernmost point in Jenin through the five governances to Hebron, the women’s cooperatives along the trail provide both food products—such as shadeah, za’atar, yogurt, butter, pickles and jams—and handcrafts embellished with traditional Palestinian embroidery.
The Palestinian Heritage Trail aims at activating and empowering women’s role in Palestinian society. To further support and promote their products, The Palestinian Heritage Trail staff have been visiting these women’s cooperatives in order to, among other activities, interview the women, observe them at work on a particular project or food preparation, and make short videos of these conversations and worksites.
The Palestinian Heritage Trail continues to promote and assist the women in selling their products by providing trainings and seeking to understand how continued support can help them in the development of their products and enrich the life of each community of women.
The Palestinian Heritage Trail staff is proud to showcase their work and welcomes comments and questions about the work and products of those women’s cooperatives. We look forward to your support of their work.
Meet the Women’s Associations on the The Palestinian Heritage Trail:
- Bethlehem women’s associations
- Hebron women’s associations
- Jenin women’s associations
- Jericho women’s associations
- Nablus women’s associations