Zimam (“reins” or “taking the initiative” in Arabic) is a pioneering grassroots youth movement that challenges the status quo. Taking a domestic approach to conflict resolution, we work with the leaders of tomorrow to build a more democratic, actively engaged and pluralistic society.
We believe that the key to social and economic prosperity on the one hand and ending the occupation on the other is one and the same: accountable leadership and a responsible society.
Inspired and driven by values of democracy, pluralism, non-violence and responsibility, we are building the foundations for a peaceful future. A future where we live in a sovereign and prosperous Palestinian state free from occupation.
What We Do
We work across nine governorates in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Our programs empower young people on the one hand and transform public thinking on the other. We do what we do because we believe that our communities deserve better and because we trust that we have the talent and capabilities to make real change.
The leadership incubator
Attracting young, emerging leaders, Zimam’s Leadership Incubator inspires the voices of tomorrow, equipping them with the confidence and training to lead their own communities. Through policy, skills and problem-solving workshops, engagement and meetings with business and political sector leaders, and opportunities to implement their own social action initiatives in their communities, we are empowering young people to realise their potential as confident and capable architects of change, running for elections on their campuses and in their municipalities, and enhancing democracy and accountability across Palestine.
Using the arts to spark constructive conversation around hard-hitting social, political and religious issues, Zimam’s Transform campaign emphasises community empowerment in the face of radicalisation and close-minded narratives. Our national campaign will foster freedom of expression, acceptance and respect for difference, and embrace diversity as a positive trait, bringing with it less violence, more forward-thinking and a more engaged society.