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The Concept of Dignity among Palestinian Youth: An Exploratory Pilot Study

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Speaker(s): Rita Giacaman
Chair: Professor Hilary Rose

Recorded on 13 December 2011 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

How do young Palestinians define dignity? What is the importance of dignity in their lives? What would increase or decrease their sense of dignity? Following a pilot project which included 102 interviews with young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years old in Ramallah, Professor Rita Giacaman's presentation will outline the main findings of the research which focused on young Palestinian's reflections on dignity.

Rita Giacaman is a professor of public health at the Institute of Community and Public Heath at Birzeit University. She is a founding member of the institute and has worked there for 34 years. Giacaman has chronicled the effects of the Israeli military occupation, and has advocated for women to have a prominent role in an eventual Palestinian state.

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