The concept of development for the Palestinians comes from the necessityto mobilize all human and physical energies of women and men, and directthem towards development to meet the needs of all classes and groups ofall Palestinian society with the lowest cost and least time. The family is theproductive active core of society, and women are the most important pillarof this family. Therefore, the women's role should be activated, and theyshould be given their full rights, in addition to support and promotion, inorder to promote the Palestinian society to an advanced stage of security,self-sufficiency, and economic and political stability.It is noticeable that the education and empowerment of women inthe Palestinian society is essential for the improvement of their economicand social development. In addition, this can help women adapt to thechanges around them, and protect them from exploitation. The provision andfacilitation of higher education for women under the particular circumstancesexperienced by the Palestinian society and Palestinian women in particular,opens up for women career opportunities instead of being monopolized bythose with a certain level of economic and social circumstances in order toobtain their rights and do their role.Perhaps Al-Quds Open University was the perfect choice, since it isconsidered one of the leading and most contributing Palestinian universitiesto the empowerment of Palestinian women. The implementation of openeducation in university education removes the obstacles of woman going outof the house and attending university classes. As a result, education becameaccessible in both homes and workplaces, and thus made the possibility of thewomen's enrollment significantly increasing. In addition, the open educationsystem became the best way to overcome all the obstacles that women face,whether social or economic, and what is imposed on her from responsibilitiesand obligations by the multiplicity of roles.Al-Quds Open University offered facilities for women that no otheruniversity had offered. Through this open education system, womenhave been able to match between school, work and family, and possessthe skills, knowledge, and experience that qualify them to enter the labormarket successfully and excellently. This can be verified by the statisticson percentages of females in the university, which ranged in all the yearsbetween (60-70) %, taking into account the characteristics of these studentsin terms of age, marital status, nature of work, place of residence, and theconstraints of economic conditions and cultural, social and security barriersthat may prevent the complementation of the women's higher education in thePalestinian society
Shaheen, Mohammed Ahmed
"The Role of Al-Quds Open University in Developing Women,"
Palestinian Journal for Open Learning & e-Learning: Vol. 4
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.aaru.edu.jo/jropenres/vol4/iss8/4