A 15-year-old Palestinian girl took office as the mayor of a West Bank town and became the youngest person in the world to occupy this interim position. As part of an initiative to empower youth and involve them in the decision-making process, Bashaer Othman will be the mayor of the town of Allar in the city of Tulkarm in the northwestern West Bank for two months.
Bashaer is dealing with her new position so seriously and she is determined to highlight the positive role that fellows of her age could play in society. Bashaer Othman will hold meetings with the Youth Council that represents the new Palestinian generation aged between 15 and 22 years. The council takes part in the local decision-making process related to housing, education, services and so on.
Othman is working under the supervision of elected mayor Sufian Shadid who expressed his enthusiasm for the teenager’s appointment as a step towards supporting youth and social change. Bashaer will also take part in programs aimed at developing capacities in order to embellish the image and circumstances of its town. Bashaer’s position will come to an end on the second of September i.e. at the end of the summer vacation.
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