I’m Wedad Zaid Alkilany, from Ara, in Wadi Ara.
I’m 29 years old, mother to two wonderful daughters, and a student in my last year of a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Parallel to this, I also study group training, and this year I have spent a lot of time volunteering for the women’s organization Women Wage Peace….
I joined a conference organized by Women Wage Peace a year ago, and at such events there are always these women, who sign you up. My friend had asked me to join her in this conference and wanted to go together, and immediately when you attend activities organized by Women Wage Peace, you automatically fall in love with the amount of women (religious women, secular, Jewish women, Arab women) that join and have a common goal.
You fall in love with this thing, and you see how committed they are to this, and how much they want to reach their goal. You have to go to some kind of event to feel the essence of this movement
Because I didn’t work this year, as I had to be home and take care of my girl, I told myself that I wanted to do something meaningful, and of course all of us [at Women Wage Peace] do everything non-paid.
Women Wage Peace has two goals. The first goal is to reach a respectful peace agreement between Israelis and the Palestinians. The second goal involves the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which aims to involve women in decision-making within the government and in everything security-related.
These two goals speak to me. As an Arab-Palestinian woman in this country, I really want to reach a peace agreement, and everyone wants to prevent the next war, and if I can do my share, then I’ll do it with pleasure. I’m ready to do it.