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Zeina Zerbé

J’accuse !

J’accuse, le président de la république, le chef du gouvernement actuel et ses membres, les précédents chefs du gouvernement libanais, les institutions étatiques et les services de renseignement, d’homicide volontaire, de négligence criminelle, je les accuse de l’explosion qui a eu lieu le 4 Août 2020 au Liban et qui a emporté avec elle un cortège de morts, qui a emporté avec elle, pour moi et pour notre famille Diane et ce qui restait encore du Beyrouth qu’on connaissait.

Je les accuse de crime étatique, je les juge coupables d’avoir tué une citoyenne libanaise ainsi que des centaines d’autres, d’avoir brisé et d’avoir pour toujours fait basculer nos vies et nos avenirs qui, de par tous leurs manquements, chaviraient déjà.

Diane a 38 ans. Elle est mère de deux enfants de 12 et 6 ans. L’explosion lui a coûté la vie. Elle est morte de façon terrible devant ses…

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Depuis toute petite j’adore lire. Non plus que cela, je devore des livres. Mes parents, mes cousines , mon cheri le vivent avec moi. Pour les kdos je recois des livres  .  Leur defi :  trouver ce que je n’ai pas encore lu.

La seule piece que nous avons ‘decore” et  ‘pense ‘ et batailler avec papa pour la conceptualiser  quand nous avons acheter l’appart etait la bibliotheque. Mum pense qu’elle est enorme. Je trouve que je n’ai plus de place depuis que nous avons 2 gosses et des histoires de disneys tintin et autres pour eux. Surtout que une etagere a ete bouffee par la seule moyenne television que nous avons concede d’avoir.

Avec des enfants, du boulot a temps plein, le stress mental de la crise economique, financiere et avenir incertain, le fait que les parents sui habitent a 10 min nous manquent, les amis  cousins qui nous manquent…. voila je lis… je lis et lis. J’utilise mon telephonne comme liseuse et j’ai trouve des sites ou on peut telecharger des livres et lire…

3 ou 4 livres de 300 pages en moyenne par semaine. Ce sont  mes seuls moment de pause. Insomnie oui….

Cela me permet de rire, pleurer, ressentir des emotions, connaitre des villes, des themes, des sujets que je ne connais pas…. Mon pere aussi adore lire. Depuis qu’il ne voit plus correctement c’est une torture de voir les livres que lui adore dans la biblio de mes parents. Je me souviens que lors de mon voyage chez salsoul en egypte il y a des annees de cela on avait devalise pour lui les bibliotheques du caire.

En lisant , Voila comment je ne sais plus depuis combien de temps nous sommes confines. Pour moi c’etait hier.

Rita

Voila, je ne sais plus quel jour on est. Je sais que les enfants font dodo et que je peux enfin bouquiner pour le plaisir ou regarder la tele a voix basse. Leur chambre etant toute proche. Ou ecrire un article sur mon blog. Ou repondre aux whatsapp en attente.

Aujourdhui nous recevons 33 pages d’exercices a faire avec nos enfants en une langue pour l’ecole. Mon fils de 6 ans a plus de zoom meetings que moi qui travaille a plein temps en tps de corona. Cest toute une coordination entre ‘ses’ zooms meetings et les notres . Et  creer des activites a cote pr gerer l’autre petit en manque d’attention aussi.

Comment faire? Dans les faits: j’ai 2 enfants( 3 ans et 6 ans ) que je ne peux laisser seuls aucun moment. Le grand a du travail . Et oui en CP une classe charniere il a du travail et nous ( jutilise ce pronom par choix) devons l’aider pour son homework. Cad faire la classe a la maison. Meme sans aucune preparation nous jeunes cadres ( jeunes, jeunes) on Doit se transformer en profs et super profs . Ce n’est pas tout.et cela tout en travaillant. Nous avons aussi des deadlines.

En tant que parent le homework prend 3 a 4h de notre temps par jour . En plus de cela on a a cuisiner, faire les courses, ranger les courses avec tout le stress mental lie au corona), nettoyer la maison et ranger sans parler de faire la lessive et la vaisselle. Hmmm.. a quoi ressemble notre salon? Un beau bureau a la place de la salle a manger entouree d’une magnifique salle de jeux, je veux dire notre salon. Le plus petit y joue avec des dino et ninjas lors de nos meetings.

Le stress ou poids mental de ceux et celles qu’on aime et qu’on ne peut pas voir (parents ages, amies , collegues, etudiants cousins et cousines…) a gerer en plus.

Cela est il faisable? Oui. Non pas necessairement des super heros, sans etre des wonderwomen qui multitaches. Non. En gerant le temps et les priorites  et en la jouant stress et drama less. On fait ce qu’on peut et du mieux qu’on peut.

Plus de reseaux sociaux autant qu’avant.  La je suis abonnee a mon email du boulot. Sans le boulot pour s’oxygener et penser rationnellement je ne saurais pas ce que j’aurais initie pour ne pas deprimer.

Lire lire et encore lire et bouquiner. Moins de whats app groupe pr parler et discuter virtuellement et etre moins “slacktiviste”. Je fais  une depression en regardant le insta des amis, et  combien je ne sais pas cuisiner et ben tanpis, je ne cuisine pas mais chequer nos recherches elles sont cuisinees avec amour et passion. Ce que je ne peux pas faire ni comprendre (le corona et la courbe et fp je ne sais trop quoi…) je laisse. Je garde contact et me ressource avec ce que j’aime et peux apprendre.

Sortir avec des masques? Une horreur pour moi. Mais bon on ne sort que tres rarement. Une fois chez les parents pr une urgence, une fois chez la belle mere pr une balade en foret . Magnifique. Une journee ou travail et plaisir ce sont joints.

Adapter des cours en ligne? Discuter avec des etudiants/es curieux? J’adore. Cest un learning process en soi pour moi et eux. le defi trouver des heures pour ces cours en ligne.

Nettoyage, lessive et autres taches menageres : gerons cela a deux. Moins de machisme et de sexisme dans la distribution des taches et plus d’equilibre avec qui fait dormir les enfants leur lis une histoire , leur enseigne additions, soustractions, articles et pronoms. Une fois le rythme est la…. une fois les bases claires on peut gerer avec moins de crises d’hysterie. Mais attention cela je lai appris au cours de ces semaines et j’ai de la chance de partager cela avec la famille. Oui avec corona on vit 23h et on dort peut.20200423_143407 Mais les 23h sont belles. Je les  vois belles et je les vois en moments de qualites avec ceux et celles que j’aime. Tanpis si notre salon rappelle une zone de guerre entre dino tatous legos et ninjas. Tanpis si les lits ne sont pas faits . Plutot transformes en trampoline par les gosses . …

En temps de crise pap me dit on vit le jour au jour. Ok. Pap, jtecoute ,

Et on reussi ou pas, cest pas grave on essaye et  on reessaye…  on va reussir a la fin… la mayonnaise va prendre,  sans jugements , mais avec des ondes positives et encouragements!

Rita em jn et raf.

 

 

 

20200405_100647Avec rody nous avons  essaye de raconter la fete des rameaux a nos enfants. Rafael 3 ans c’est vite ennuye. Il voulait juste la bougie. Jeannoel 6 ans est celui qui a assure. Il a prie ( des intentions et remerciement pour jesus, pour les biscuits et les tetas et jeddos) et il a meme chante “ouhibbouka rabbi yasou3” احبك ربي يسوع احبك ربي يسوع وليس لي سواك

Merci la colonie de cette ete (floomina) . Jn voulait enchainer avec il y a un crocodile (ken fi temsah w gorilla kbiri كان في تمساح و غورريلا ا كبيري

mais rody lui a explique que cette chanson n’etait pas une priere . Je me suis souvenue d’une chanson du Fokolari simple pour les enfants: enleve la tristesse de ton coeur, souviens toi dieu t’aime , excellente pour notre moral a tous et toutes et bien rythmee pour les enfants.

شيل الزعل من قلبك ما تخاف و ما تتردد صدقني و

تاكد ان الله بحبك هيدا هو العيد هيدا هو العيد الله ديما معنا و فرحنا اكيد.

Apres on a montre a jeannoel sur youtube l’histoire de Paques (la semaine sainte) en playmobile. C’est tres bien raconte. Il a regarde la version courte et longue de 8 minutes. Il adore ces videos .

Voila le lien que je recommande: https://youtu.be/4YjBoCnz1V0

La fete des rameaux en pyjamas (pas toujours bien accordes) a la maison c’est bien passee. On a pu porter dans nos prieres tous nos amis et notre famille. Avec le blingbling en moins et plus de prieres et des bougies simples et bien sur de l’encens.

Ah j’oubliais: les enfants ont decide de preparer une creche comme a Noel , mais special fete des rameaux avec les statuettrs que nous avons de ste marie, une croix, jesus dans son berceau , mais aussi avec un ane ( un doudou que mes amis m’avaient offert en 2005) un chien que rafael a insiste de mettre, des mini dinosaures, des vaches, car selon mes enfants Jesus etait l’ami des animaux…. tout cela sur une nappe toute en couleurs…  tres belle notre samdeh et superbement accordee 🙂

Rita em jn et raf

هوشعنا الاتي باسم الرب شعنينة مباركة

Chaanineh  mbarkeh a tous et toutes!

Fete des rameaux en temps de COVID19 #Corona virus

 

 

My friend posted this picture on his wall, showing the new Job description of the husband / father during coronavirus pandemic.

We have all received a lot of jokes around new job descriptions during COVID19 . But i decided to take a minute to share what i was discussing with friends and colleagues .

We are all working. Mums and dads from home. And now with remote schooling we are all now being transformed into teachers  . For those who have little kids . We need to stay with them, explain , teach. All of this while working. As deadlines and working from home means work. We all have working priorities we need to meet .

Keeping the burden on the mother shoulders only is not Ok.

Usually mothers are the ones who clean the house too , care for children, have to cook… in brief all what we call in the gender “jargon” , the unpaid burden .

I think it is Wonderful that my friend shared this. He is an HR manager and dad. He can help raise awareness on the unfair distribution of care work especially with the difficult corona crisis and all the mental, economical, social crisis it creates.

For me the husband/dad  should always have all these tasks in his job description…. but usually because of gender roles that are socially given the “father” prefers to play the role of the “only breadwinnner” “helping” his wife when he is very “generous” in normal “parenting roles”.

Something that Urgently Need to change.

#Carework #genderoles

 

Rita Chemaly

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J’ai vu cela sur le mur d’une amie. On a tente de le refaire sur notre mini balcon. Les enfants ont droit a un peu de soleil. (Le samedi au Liban nous avons droit a un beau soleil)  Apres 3 semaines de confinement on a vite cherche des chapeaux. Pas besoin de grand chose:

Des feuilles, un peu de soleil et des  crayons avec papier… des dinosaures ou autres formes simples a dessiner en ombre…

Les enfants s’amusent a reproduire des formes.

Parents vous avez 15 minutes de pause 🙂

Rita em Jn w raf

 

Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

Lina Abou Habib | Wednesday, April 1, 2020

IFI op-ed 14 (2020)

The term “feminist” is used because it goes beyond working toward equality and rights of women.  Feminist change means dismantling the patriarchal beliefs, systems, and institutions that oppress women, girls, trans, intersex and non-binary people globally. This includes the dominant economic system, which makes its profits from the exploitation of people and nature.  Achieving equality within these systems is not enough. We want to change – indeed, transform the systems themselves.

 

Source: Toward a Feminist Funding Ecosystem, AWID, October 2019

Global feminist mobilization to respond to COVID-19 

The COVID-19 pandemic generated a vast array of responses, analyses, and insights from global feminist movements. In this essay, I will try to highlight the key issues and concerns that feminists raised, as well as recommendations that were brought forward for immediate action and for thinking through ways to envision a post-COVID-19 world.

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Avec le confinement a la maison et la distanciation sociale,  il est difficile d’amuser les enfants confines dans les petits appartements.

Une des videos envoyees par les profs d’arabe de CP au Grand lycee etait pour apprendre la difference entre masculin et feminin haza et hazihi aux enfants. هذا او هذه

J’ai decide de retravailler la video envoyee et la transformer en  jeu pour amuser et en meme temps apprendre des mots a mon petit de 3 ans et a ecrire a mon grand de 6 ans.

Les cartes ont ete ecrites par mon grand en dictee. Sur du papier deja utilise ( le reuse du recyclage, 1ere lecon. )

2eme lecon la dictee des mots en arabe a mon grand. La difficulte les mots avec t marbouta est apparue. Sa  prof m’ a conseille de lui poser la question c’est une chose? Un animal ? Un humain? Ou un verbe ? Quelque chose qu’on fait? (Thks reine! )

شاحنة: التاء الطويلة ت او التاء المربوطة

3eme lecon,  mon grand  fils lisait les cartes mikkasson, avec an kaf et pas simple k. مقص كوب Koubon, la difference entre sson et le simple s .الفرق بين الصاد و السين

الفرق بين الكاف و القاف.

4 eme lecon: Le jeu chaque carte doit etre placee sous هذا ou هذه

5eme lecon : les enfants vont a la recherche des objets dans le chaos qu’est devenu notre ‘salon’ durant le confinement. Mon petit de 3ans a trouve de la difficulte : il ne sait pas c’est quoi voiture en arabe , ni verre, ni camion , ni ciseaux, ni poisson, ni chien 😦 mon grand a du lui traduire . Comme quoi on doit leur parler en arabe a la maison.

 

La derniere lecon a chaque fois qu’il y a t marbouta c’est feminin هذا كلب هذه كلبة

Les mots :

ظراقة، دبدوب، قلم، كوب، كلب، سمكة، سيارة، قطار، شاحنة، مقص، مقلمة،

Mais le jeu etait tres rigolo, ils ont adore aller a la peche des jouets. Cela nous a permis de ranger dans des sacs chaque categorie de jouets. J’espere que le rangement va tenir dans des sacs pour plus qu’une demie heure 🙂 🙂

Voila les photos! Une activite qui a pris une demie heure pour le jeu et une 10aine de minutes pour la dictee lors de la phase preparatoire.

Rita em jn et raf!

#confinement #distanciation #COVID19 #CORONA  #Liban

 

Bonjour

Avec nos enfants confines avec le COVID 19

J’ai trouve que creer un Volcan avec eux peut aider  . Une activite rapide, qui ne sali pas beaucoup et ne demande pas beaucoup de preparations.

Pour creer le volcan et son cratere nous avons voulu reutiliser les capsules en plastiques qui viennent avec les medicaments et le carton d’un rouleau WC que nous avons entoure d’aluminium en deuxieme usage.

Voila 1ere lecon de cette activite ludique la reutilisation ‘reuse’.

Bon comment faire les volcans?

Mettre une petite cuillere de Bicarbonate de soude ( a acheter en sachets du supermarche) nous avons acheter aruba de chez aoun supermarche a 900LL seulement.

Ajouter une goutte du produit vaisselle ( le fairy  que nous utilisons deja a la maison)

Et puis les enfants ajoutent le Vinaigre blanc. ( un petit verre , on essaye avec la pipette du panadol mais a la fin ils ont prefere verse directement le vinaigre pour un plus grand effet moussant.

Effet moussant garanti! Les enfants ont aime cette “reaction chimique”.

 

Voila!

Rita em jeannoel et rafael

#corona #covid19 #mumathome #kids

Think about it….


تسعى كفى من خلال حملة “فكروا فيا” التي أطلقتها يوم الجمعة 2 شباط 2018 وتبنّتها وزارة العمل اللّبنانيّة، إلى فتح حوارٍ بنّاء مع أصحاب العمل اللّبنانيّين حول مسائل عادةً ما يواجهونها في علاقتهم مع عاملة المنزل. وقد اختارت كفى لتحقيق هذا الهدف ثلاثة سيناريوهاتٍ شائعة استوحتها من أرض الواقع وجسّدتها في ثلاثة فيديوهات وملصقات إعلانيّة، أرادت كفى عبرها أن تظهر مدى ارتباك العديد من أصحاب العمل في التعاطي مع عاملات المنازل اللّواتي يوظّفونهنّ في ظلّ نظام كفالة مُسبِّب لمعظم الانتهاكات التي تتعرّض لها العاملات في لبنان. هذا النظام نفسه الذي يحدّد، إلى حدّ بعيد، شكل تصرّفات أصحاب العمل مع العاملات ويؤثّر في إرساء ممارساتهم السلبيّة اليوميّة معهنّ ومواقفهم العامّة اتجاههنّ.لا تُظهر حملة “فكروا فيا” صاحب/ة العمل بصورة المُصمِّم على ارتكاب الانتهاك وغير الآبه بأوضاع العاملة وحقوقها، إنّما بصورة المُرتبِك والحائر والخاضع للظرف السائد و”ما يقوم به الجميع”، مساهمًا بذلك، من حيث يدري أو لا يدري، باستمرار الظلم والممارسات المخالِفة للقانون وحقوق العاملة الإنسانيّة والعمّاليّة.تأمل كفى من خلال هذه الحملة أن يتماهى العديد من أصحاب العمل مع المواقف المُجسَّدة في السيناريوهات الثلاثة المختارة، وهي تتعلّق بحجز جواز سفر العاملة المنزليّة، وعدم دفع أجورها، وحجز حريّتها، وتدعوهم إلى أن “يفكروا فيا” -في الموقف وفي العاملة- كما تلفت انتباههم إلى أنّ الممارسات الشائعة التي يشاهدونها في السيناريوهات الثلاثة هي في الواقع ممارساتٌ غير عادلة ومخالِفة للقانون، يجب أن يعملوا على وضع حدّ لها عن طريق المطالبة بإلغاء نظام الكفالة، والحماية القانونيّة لعاملات المنازل، وتغيير التصرّفات التي اعتادوا ممارستها. في ما يلي، بعض المعلومات حول الحالات الثلاث التي تناولتها حملة “فكروا فيا”: * أنتجت كفى حملة “فكروا فيا” بالشراكة مع الجمعيّة الدوليّة لمكافحة الرقّ وبدعمٍ من منظّمة العمل الدوليّة*المعلومات المذكورة مستقاة من دراسة وطنية نُشرت في العام 2016 أجرتها الجامعة الأمريكيّة في بيروت بالتعاون مع منظمة كفى عنف واستغلال والجمعيّة الدوليّة لمكافحة الرقّ وبدعم من منظّمة العمل الدوليّة. “Think about it, think about her”A media campaign by KAFA targeting Lebanese employers of domestic workers On February 2nd 2018, KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation launched a mediacampaign* entitled “Think about it, think about her” targeting Lebanese employers of migrant domestic workers (MDWs), as a continuation of its 2016 campaign highlighting employers’ perceptions of MDWs.The new media campaign, supported by the Lebanese Ministry of Labor, seeks to open a constructive dialogue with Lebanese employers around a number of issues they usually face in their relationship with the domestic worker. For this purpose, KAFA chose three common scenarios inspired by the realities of the working relationship between MDWs and their employers, depicting them in three short videos that emphasize the situation of perplexity many employers find themselves in, mostly because of the sponsorship system and the burdens it imposes on them. This is the same system that is behind many of the violations against MDWs, and that shapes, to a far extent, the daily practices of employers and their general attitudes towards the workers.The current campaign does not seek to portray a negative image of employers as being absolutely careless towards the worker’s well-being or as intentionally abusive. Instead, it shows them as confused employers who end up adapting to the existing structure and “doing what everybody does”, consequently perpetuating, knowingly or unknowingly, normalized illegal acts against MDWs and their deprivation of their human and labor rights.KAFA hopes to see a majority of employers identifying with the three situations addressed by the campaign: the withholding of the worker’s passport, the non-payment of her salary, and the restriction of her freedom of movement. Ultimately, employers are invited to think about it (the situation) and think about her (the worker), and their attention is drawn to the fact that the common scenarios they see in the videos and visuals represent, in reality, unfair and illegal practices which they are encouraged to challenge. Moreover, KAFA calls upon employers to help end the aforementioned injustices by demanding to change the sponsorship system, protect domestic workers in the law, and to challenge harmful normative behaviors. Hereunder we include quick figures and information related to each of the three scenarios addressed by the campaign: *المعلومات المذكورة مستقاة من دراسة وطنية نُشرت في العام 2016 أجرتها الجامعة الأمريكيّة في بيروت بالتعاون مع منظمة كفى عنف واستغلال والجمعيّة الدوليّة لمكافحة الرقّ وبدعم من منظّمة العمل الدوليّة. “Think about it, think about her”A media campaign by KAFA targeting Lebanese employers of domestic workers On February 2nd 2018, KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation launched a mediacampaign* entitled “Think about it, think about her” targeting Lebanese employers of migrant domestic workers (MDWs), as a continuation of its 2016 campaign highlighting employers’ perceptions of MDWs.The new media campaign, supported by the Lebanese Ministry of Labor, seeks to open a constructive dialogue with Lebanese employers around a number of issues they usually face in their relationship with the domestic worker. For this purpose, KAFA chose three common scenarios inspired by the realities of the working relationship between MDWs and their employers, depicting them in three short videos that emphasize the situation of perplexity many employers find themselves in, mostly because of the sponsorship system and the burdens it imposes on them. This is the same system that is behind many of the violations against MDWs, and that shapes, to a far extent, the daily practices of employers and their general attitudes towards the workers.The current campaign does not seek to portray a negative image of employers as being absolutely careless towards the worker’s well-being or as intentionally abusive. Instead, it shows them as confused employers who end up adapting to the existing structure and “doing what everybody does”, consequently perpetuating, knowingly or unknowingly, normalized illegal acts against MDWs and their deprivation of their human and labor rights.KAFA hopes to see a majority of employers identifying with the three situations addressed by the campaign: the withholding of the worker’s passport, the non-payment of her salary, and the restriction of her freedom of movement. Ultimately, employers are invited to think about it (the situation) and think about her (the worker), and their attention is drawn to the fact that the common scenarios they see in the videos and visuals represent, in reality, unfair and illegal practices which they are encouraged to challenge. Moreover, KAFA calls upon employers to help end the aforementioned injustices by demanding to change the sponsorship system, protect domestic workers in the law, and to challenge harmful normative behaviors. Hereunder we include quick figures and information related to each of the three scenarios addressed by the campaign:

* The media campaign is produced by KAFA in partnership with Anti-Slavery International and with the support of the International Labor Organization* The data is taken from a national study published in 2016, conducted by the American University of Beirut, in collaboration with KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation and Anti-Slavery International, with the support of the International Labor Organization.


تسعى كفى من خلال حملة “فكروا فيا” التي أطلقتها يوم الجمعة 2 شباط 2018 وتبنّتها وزارة العمل اللّبنانيّة، إلى فتح حوارٍ بنّاء مع أصحاب العمل اللّبنانيّين حول مسائل عادةً ما يواجهونها في علاقتهم مع عاملة المنزل. وقد اختارت كفى لتحقيق هذا الهدف ثلاثة سيناريوهاتٍ شائعة استوحتها من أرض الواقع وجسّدتها في ثلاثة فيديوهات وملصقات إعلانيّة، أرادت كفى عبرها أن تظهر مدى ارتباك العديد من أصحاب العمل في التعاطي مع عاملات المنازل اللّواتي يوظّفونهنّ في ظلّ نظام كفالة مُسبِّب لمعظم الانتهاكات التي تتعرّض لها العاملات في لبنان. هذا النظام نفسه الذي يحدّد، إلى حدّ بعيد، شكل تصرّفات أصحاب العمل مع العاملات ويؤثّر في إرساء ممارساتهم السلبيّة اليوميّة معهنّ ومواقفهم العامّة اتجاههنّ.لا تُظهر حملة “فكروا فيا” صاحب/ة العمل بصورة المُصمِّم على ارتكاب الانتهاك وغير الآبه بأوضاع العاملة وحقوقها، إنّما بصورة المُرتبِك والحائر والخاضع للظرف السائد و”ما يقوم به الجميع”، مساهمًا بذلك، من حيث يدري أو لا يدري، باستمرار الظلم والممارسات المخالِفة للقانون وحقوق العاملة الإنسانيّة والعمّاليّة.تأمل كفى من خلال هذه الحملة أن يتماهى العديد من أصحاب العمل مع المواقف المُجسَّدة في السيناريوهات الثلاثة المختارة، وهي تتعلّق بحجز جواز سفر العاملة المنزليّة، وعدم دفع أجورها، وحجز حريّتها، وتدعوهم إلى أن “يفكروا فيا” -في الموقف وفي العاملة- كما تلفت انتباههم إلى أنّ الممارسات الشائعة التي يشاهدونها في السيناريوهات الثلاثة هي في الواقع ممارساتٌ غير عادلة ومخالِفة للقانون، يجب أن يعملوا على وضع حدّ لها عن طريق المطالبة بإلغاء نظام الكفالة، والحماية القانونيّة لعاملات المنازل، وتغيير التصرّفات التي اعتادوا ممارستها. في ما يلي، بعض المعلومات حول الحالات الثلاث التي تناولتها حملة “فكروا فيا”: * أنتجت كفى حملة “فكروا فيا” بالشراكة مع الجمعيّة الدوليّة لمكافحة الرقّ وبدعمٍ من منظّمة العمل الدوليّة*المعلومات المذكورة مستقاة من دراسة وطنية نُشرت في العام 2016 أجرتها الجامعة الأمريكيّة في بيروت بالتعاون مع منظمة كفى عنف واستغلال والجمعيّة الدوليّة لمكافحة الرقّ وبدعم من منظّمة العمل الدوليّة. “Think about it, think about her”A media campaign by KAFA targeting Lebanese employers of domestic workers On February 2nd 2018, KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation launched a mediacampaign* entitled “Think about it, think about her” targeting Lebanese employers of migrant domestic workers (MDWs), as a continuation of its 2016 campaign highlighting employers’ perceptions of MDWs.The new media campaign, supported by the Lebanese Ministry of Labor, seeks to open a constructive dialogue with Lebanese employers around a number of issues they usually face in their relationship with the domestic worker. For this purpose, KAFA chose three common scenarios inspired by the realities of the working relationship between MDWs and their employers, depicting them in three short videos that emphasize the situation of perplexity many employers find themselves in, mostly because of the sponsorship system and the burdens it imposes on them. This is the same system that is behind many of the violations against MDWs, and that shapes, to a far extent, the daily practices of employers and their general attitudes towards the workers.The current campaign does not seek to portray a negative image of employers as being absolutely careless towards the worker’s well-being or as intentionally abusive. Instead, it shows them as confused employers who end up adapting to the existing structure and “doing what everybody does”, consequently perpetuating, knowingly or unknowingly, normalized illegal acts against MDWs and their deprivation of their human and labor rights.KAFA hopes to see a majority of employers identifying with the three situations addressed by the campaign: the withholding of the worker’s passport, the non-payment of her salary, and the restriction of her freedom of movement. Ultimately, employers are invited to think about it (the situation) and think about her (the worker), and their attention is drawn to the fact that the common scenarios they see in the videos and visuals represent, in reality, unfair and illegal practices which they are encouraged to challenge. Moreover, KAFA calls upon employers to help end the aforementioned injustices by demanding to change the sponsorship system, protect domestic workers in the law, and to challenge harmful normative behaviors. Hereunder we include quick figures and information related to each of the three scenarios addressed by the campaign: *المعلومات المذكورة مستقاة من دراسة وطنية نُشرت في العام 2016 أجرتها الجامعة الأمريكيّة في بيروت بالتعاون مع منظمة كفى عنف واستغلال والجمعيّة الدوليّة لمكافحة الرقّ وبدعم من منظّمة العمل الدوليّة. “Think about it, think about her”A media campaign by KAFA targeting Lebanese employers of domestic workers On February 2nd 2018, KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation launched a mediacampaign* entitled “Think about it, think about her” targeting Lebanese employers of migrant domestic workers (MDWs), as a continuation of its 2016 campaign highlighting employers’ perceptions of MDWs.The new media campaign, supported by the Lebanese Ministry of Labor, seeks to open a constructive dialogue with Lebanese employers around a number of issues they usually face in their relationship with the domestic worker. For this purpose, KAFA chose three common scenarios inspired by the realities of the working relationship between MDWs and their employers, depicting them in three short videos that emphasize the situation of perplexity many employers find themselves in, mostly because of the sponsorship system and the burdens it imposes on them. This is the same system that is behind many of the violations against MDWs, and that shapes, to a far extent, the daily practices of employers and their general attitudes towards the workers.The current campaign does not seek to portray a negative image of employers as being absolutely careless towards the worker’s well-being or as intentionally abusive. Instead, it shows them as confused employers who end up adapting to the existing structure and “doing what everybody does”, consequently perpetuating, knowingly or unknowingly, normalized illegal acts against MDWs and their deprivation of their human and labor rights.KAFA hopes to see a majority of employers identifying with the three situations addressed by the campaign: the withholding of the worker’s passport, the non-payment of her salary, and the restriction of her freedom of movement. Ultimately, employers are invited to think about it (the situation) and think about her (the worker), and their attention is drawn to the fact that the common scenarios they see in the videos and visuals represent, in reality, unfair and illegal practices which they are encouraged to challenge. Moreover, KAFA calls upon employers to help end the aforementioned injustices by demanding to change the sponsorship system, protect domestic workers in the law, and to challenge harmful normative behaviors. Hereunder we include quick figures and information related to each of the three scenarios addressed by the campaign:

* The media campaign is produced by KAFA in partnership with Anti-Slavery International and with the support of the International Labor Organization* The data is taken from a national study published in 2016, conducted by the American University of Beirut, in collaboration with KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation and Anti-Slavery International, with the support of the International Labor Organization.

Link to the press release: www.kafa.org.lb/kafa-news/159/thinkaboutiten

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Gender and trade Coalition interested in joining?

We, women’s rights organisations, movements and allies committed to advancing women’s human rights, come together to form the Gender and Trade Coalition in the firm belief that a feminist alliance on trade justice is required to address the pernicious impact of trade rules on women’s human rights and to produce informed policy responses addressing the structural causes of gendered human rights violations.

We welcome the increasing recognition from governments and institutions that trade and investment rules create gendered consequences. We are concerned, however, that common policy responses are simply designed to increase the numbers and role of women involved in the free flow of capital, resources, and labour. This approach positions women as instruments of trade growth, failing to address any adverse discriminatory and exploitative consequences of the global, rules based neoliberal order on women’s human rights. This is regardless of the significant role women play as producers, consumers, traders, workers, and principal providers of unpaid care.

The movements and organisations we represent recognise that the policies of austerity–trade liberalisation; finance, investment and labour deregulation; privatisation of public goods and services; and the constraints on public policy making and service delivery–produce devastating human rights outcomes for many of the world’s women.

We believe the guiding principles of the global economic order upon which trade and investment rules are built are fundamentally destructive for the advancement of women’s human rights. We recognise that neoliberalism, austerity, and trickle-down economics has failed around the world, yet the rules of this model are being cemented and deepened through trade and investment rules. We believe that the existential crises facing humanity–climate change, mass displacements and migration, obscene inequality and growing authoritarian, patriarchal governance–are linked to the global economic rules that have shaped the past forty years.

Trade rules constructed around principles of competition rather than solidarity, growth rather than human and sustainable development, consumption rather than conservation, individualism rather than public good, and market governance rather than participatory democracy cannot be the basis of a trade agenda that advances women’s human rights.

We believe that economic cooperation and multilateralism based on equitable, fair, sustainable, and gender-responsive principles can play a significant part in advancing women’s human rights. Global cooperation–rooted in principles of transparency, democracy and participation–that ensures capital contributes to the public goods and services necessary for the fulfilment of human rights is necessary. Global cooperation that redresses harm resulting from global trade supply chains is essential.

We believe that trade policies must affirm the primacy of governments’ human rights obligations under the UN Charter and international treaties and customary laws. Should trade policies diminish state capacity to meet human rights obligations, including the right to development, they must be modified.

We believe trade rules must not increase protections for multi-national corporations who are exerting a gigantic influence on trade policy making, avoiding taxes and accountability and exploiting labour, natural resources and personal data for their own profit maximisation. Trade rules must increase accountability of corporations who commit grave human rights violations, rather than provide corporations with unique recourse when judicial systems hold them accountable.

We believe trade policies should meet sustainable development needs of all countries, especially developing and Least-Developed countries, and the people including the women within these countries. Therefore trade policies must ensure the widest possible access to essential medicines, technologies and data and information, rather than restrict access. Trade policies should promote the sharing of seeds, resources and knowledge rather than penalising solidarity. Trade rules should expand and not limit governments’ capacities for broad-based and decent job creation based on living wages, especially for women. Trade rules should support governments to develop pro-poor policies and access to food including through the provision of food subsidies, public stockholdings and through providing preferential support to local, especially small-scale, women producers. We believe trade rules should support, not discourage, the growth of public spending on and ownership of public goods and services essential for human rights and the reduction and redistribution of women’s disproportionate burden of unpaid care work. These include food, water and sanitation, energy, infrastructure, transport, early childcare and education, healthcare services–rather than encourage privatisation.

We believe powerful vested interests should be prevented from influencing trade policies or providing financial support to political parties where they stand to benefit from the outcomes of trade negotiations. Instead trade policies should be developed democratically and facilitate informed participation in decision and consent processes by representative organizations of those most potentially impacted, such as women farmers, women workers, and Indigenous women.

We form this coalition to increase consciousness, capacity, research, and advocacy for trade and investment policies that facilitate a more equitable, socially just and sustainable global society in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms are actively promoted and can be fully enjoyed by all women.

 

Endorse the unity statement and join the Gender and Trade Coalition:
Read the unity statement here: bit.ly/JoinGenderTrade.The Gender and Trade Coalition is in formation, and all signatories are invited to share any analysis, experiences, and proposals to shape the coalition. Keep an eye out for future updates or email contact@gendertradecoalition.org directly to get involved.

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Marital rape and child marriage in Soap opera in Lebanon

Finally a soap opera featuring real life problems and challenges facing women in Lebanon:

– taking the children when the divorced women remarries… one hell of a challenge still facing divorced / separated/ widowed women in our country. The husband or his family can take the children from her and separate the mother from the children. One of the challenges highlighted in “seconds” # ثواني

– marital rape, child marriage and other big issues facing women and girls are also dealt with during prime time episodes.

While hoping for mentalities to change and laws also to be voted for to protect women and girls…

Hat off to the actors of thawani on #LBCI.

Rita Chemaly

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Audit Participatif du Genre

J’ai eu la chance de participer a une formation intensive, de plusieurs semaines, au debut à distance, puis en face a face, sur l’audit participatif du genre au ITC ILO a Geneve. Cela Grace , a la Commission Nationale pour La femme Libanaise (NCLW: Chequez notre site http://www.nclw.org.lb )

Qu’est ce que l’Audit du genre et a quoi sert il?

Deja l’audit est Participatif. On ne peut pas faire d’audit sans la cooperation de l’instance/ organisation / Institution / Companie auditee.

aussi, l’audit est une methode de recherche, j’en parle souvent dans mon cours de sociologie politique. Suite a la methode quantitative et qualitative on peut parler aussi de l’audit participatif, lie au genre, on essaye tout simplement de voir si dans diverses composantes de chaque instance, les droits , l’egalite et le genre sont respectes. Nous utilisons pour cela, tout comme dans les sciences sociales, si cheres a Durkheim , diverses sources pour les informations de l’audit.

on commence par une recherche litteraire ( en collectant via l’instance auditee, leur strategie, leur directives, des copies des mails addresses, les Termes de reference, leurs publications, leur organigram, leur circulaire et quelques decisions administratives, leurs agendas, et une panoplie de leurs programmes de formation. etc)

Plusieurs entretiens personnels peuvent aussi etre mis en place, avec des membres du personnel, des membres de l’administration, des experts techniques, meme avec l’equipe d’entretien ou bien avec les partenaires et les beneficiaires de l’instance auditee.

Les entretiens par groupe, les celebres focus groups , avec les equipes d’un meme programme, ou d’une meme branche.

Un Questionnaire peut etre aussi developpe, il aide a la comprehension des perceptions autour des questions du genre dans l’instance auditee (Banque, ministere, parti politique, universite, ONG, INGO, Donor….)

Suite a cela, plusieurs ateliers peuvent etre organises, ateliers interactifs ou les auditrices et auditeurs s’assurent des informations recues par les autres moyens, et des observations faites jusqu’a present.

Des Recommendations sont developpees, et generalement autour de 5 composantes de l’audit genre. (un autre billet a suivre autour du sujet)

La formation a l’ILO est interessante, elle permet de rencontrer sur un beau campus,  ou les ecureuils vivent dans les arbres et n’hesitent pas a se rapprocher de nous aux pauses cafes, des personnes differentes.

les “late night” discussions sont un plus, on “gazouille” en differentes langues et autour de sujets tellement diversifies!

a vous quelques photos du campus ….

a Suivre d’autres billets sur le sujet

Rita Chemaly

 

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Public garden in Ajaltoun

Ajaltoun is the hometown where i used to pass most of my summers. I was engaged in the fersen and talakeh movements in ajaltoun.

This year i discovered near the “Seha” a beautiful new public garden for children to play with clean toilets !

Hat off the municipality for this, may all municipalities create public spaces for kids to run and play.

Clean spaces, free spaces to mingle and get to know the people in the neighborhood.

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“The document attached  on “Rural Women’s Right to Food & Nutrition” was drafted as a Submission for CSW 62. BUT, it is a powerful sustainable statement on the realities of women and food issues, and indeed, applies to all women, well beyond rural. It is intersectional with multiple rights of women and girls. It links to the economic, social, and cultural rights, civil and political rights, that are inclusive in gender equality and social justice.

the document has different parts:

I. The global food economy has been both gender-blind and male-biased.

II. The livelihoods of rural women producers are particularly under threat.

III. Rural women workers are employed in all sector of the rural economy, yet lack access to decent work.

IV. Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are central in women’s RTFN

V. Indigenous women and girls are most vulnerable and marginalized in many countries of the world, where they make up an important part of the rural population.

VI. Women’s rights have been historically isolated from the human RTFN within legally-binding language of key international human rights treaties.

below are the main demands for achieving women’s right to food and nutrition:

VII. Demands for achieving rural women’s RTFN.
1. Guarantee rural women producers’ access, control, management and ownership of all natural and productive resources on which they depend.
2. Recognize and support rural women’s knowledge, culture, traditions and practices (in relation to agriculture, fisheries, forestry, livestock rearing and other food producing sectors) and their ecological understanding and sustainable practices should inform the management and conservation of resources.
3. Guarantee and implement decent work for rural women workers based on existing international instruments in a non-discriminatory manner.
4. Guarantee that systems are put in place to ensure that rural women who engage in domestic work are seen as significantly contributing to the economy and receive social security benefits.
5. Recognize the “intertwined subjectivities” of woman and child during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding framed through the lens of women’s rights throughout their lifespan – especially women’s and girls’ rights to SRHR.
6. Introduce policies and laws that enable States to regulate and avoid any undue interference of for-profit or commercially-motivated non-state actors in rural women’s RTFN.
7. Guarantee the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
8. Guarantee an adequate legal framework for the realization of rural women’s fundamental rights and freedoms based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination.
9. Ensure the independence and transparency of monitoring mechanisms in the context of the 2030 Agenda: these must be based on human rights, be free of any commercial or corporate undue influence and conflicts of interest, and ensure the full participation of the most affected by hunger and malnutrition, especially rural women.
10. Ensure the full realization of the RTFN of rural women within the framework of food sovereignty. ”

 

to read the full document, press the link below

CSW Written Submission _20171020

 

 

Rita Chemaly

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Elections2018 Le vote des Emigres libanais: Une Belle Premiere

Depuis 2009, pas d’elections au Liban.

Les elections sont supposees etres periodiques, or depuis 2009, nous les citoyens et citoyens qui ont 21 revolus, n’avons pas eu le droit de nous exprimer sur nos choix politiques et sociaux.

2018, enfin, les elections sont entrain de se preparer pour ceux et celles qui vivent au Liban et qui ont tous leurs droits civils et politiques,

et surtout, les Emigres Libanais ont pu aussi s’exprimer pour la premiere fois, avec des elections dans les pays du monde arabe, et partout dans le monde.

Enfin, les choix sont aux citoyens et citoyennes et cette premiere merite d’etre chaudement applaudie, meme si les taux de participation pour cette premiere restent faibles,

je vous laisse avec 2 sources sur les chiffres et statistiques de ces elections des emigres

 

Rita

 

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Tentatives de déviation du conflit GLFL-Parents

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Le Grand Lycee ou le Lycee always rocked! Merci au cdp et aux comite des profs qui cooperent pour que le Lycee reste un espace inclusif pour tous et toutes!

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Fleurs ou des Droits? La journee internationale des Femmes

Ni fleurs, ni dejeuners , ni cadeaux…. ni c’est la journee de la femme, non c’est la journee Des femmes comme entite Militante!!!

Oui Aux droits Dus depuis tellememt longtemps!!

Ps: les droits ce sont des legislations qui Sont publiees dans… Le journal OFFICIEL .

Non pas des “status” publies sur twitter ou facebook ou a la tele ou dans les journaux. Sinon cela ressemble au pot de fleurs qui nous tombe sur la tete. Et cela reste un “lip servicing” Et pas a NoS DROITS DUS. #IWD2018 #internationalwomenday .

Donc Ouvrons le Parlement aujourd’hui, tous ( toutes car 4 femmes parlementaires) et votons au Complet ces Lois Dues aux Femmes vivant au Liban…. 🙂 yalla??

Rita chemaly

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111 candidates femmes sur 976 candidats. Elections 2018

Voila le chiffre des candidatures femmes au Liban pour les elections de 2018 : 111 femmes sur 976 candidats.

Je vais mettre a jour ce billet des que j’ai la liste nominative finale et les sieges.

 

Deja il y a les supers candidates de la coalition nationale women in politics,

Je cite :

Nada zaarour

Zoya  jreidini rouhana

Josephine zgheib

Vicky Khoury Zwein

Patricia Jean Elias

Hosn abboud

Regina kantara

Laury haytayan

Grace moubarak

Kholoud wattar kassem

Et bien d’autres encore comme:

Gina chammas

Des femmes dont on peut etre tres fieres! Elles legiferent et coordinent leurs actions

#elections2018 #IWD2018

Rita Chemaly

Below is the full list of Candidates to the Parliamentary 2018 Elections in Lebanon as taken from the Ministry of Interior Website

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Droits des femmes dans le monde arabe… un long chemin a parcourir

La journee internationale des femmes, celle qui celebre les Luttes et combats des femmes pour leurs droits arrive. Le 8 mars 2018 ou sont les droits tant attendus des femmes?

1- en politique, au Liban la loi electorale, une proportionnelle en image une majoritaire en realite , ne joue pas en faveurs des femmes. Avec le score de 4 sur 128 femmes de notre parlement actuel , j ‘espere que le nombre de candidates soit grand, notamment dans les listes qui vont atteindre le quotient.

Au gouvernement, Une seule femme, une ministre. En esperant un gouvernement paritaire pour 2018,

2- les droits sociaux? Beaucoup de femmes travaillent toujours dans le secteur informel. Sans droits sociaux ou certains benefices minimes. Au Liban notre loi du travail ne s’applique toujours pas sur les travailleuses domestiques etrangeres. Precarite pointue.

3- droits economiques? Aucune couverture sociale pour celles qui ne travaillent pas ou celles qui n’ont pas d’enfants qui travaillent .

4- le mariage divorce, heritage, adoption… des lois personnelles gerees par des tribunaux religieux…

5- la nationalite? Toujours pas de projet de loi presente par les deputes contre une des discriminations les plus graves contre des citoyennes.

6- la violence? Toujours pas prise au serieux dans le cadre familial… un viol conjugal n’n’est toujours pas criminalise, ni l’harcelement sexuel ….

J’attends les nouveaux parlementaires pour un chantier legislatif qui rende aux femmes des droits dus depuis longtemps…

RITA Chemaly

#IWD2018 #Internationalwomenday

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Changing the piniata in an exutoire of tension game

At the Birthdays, i am used to the piniata activity. A violent activity that i usually prefer not to play. Kids do hit a box, and than search for the bonbons and chocolates that it contains.

Today, i organised my son 1st birthday at home, my 4 years son requested a piniata. Therefore i decided to transform this game.

First “we ” created the piniata and didn’t buy one. Just creating it was an activity. a special moment with my 4 years son. We used recycled paper and a pampers box that i wanted to throw. Recycled paper was after that colored by my son…. 30 minutes of bliss for me! His little brother was able to nap in the meantime 🙂

Two: during the birthday i explained to the kids that this piniata is different. Each kid needed to draw on it Something they Disliked. Some kids answered school, le loup, others told me their “mums”.

They also painted what they disliked on the piniata. A full activity. That took at least 15 minutes. Kids were able to express their feeling of dislike , while drawing on the piniata, with the colors they choose.

Third: i asked them to hit the piniata on which they have painted what they disliked.

Kids were Happy expressing their anger on the piniata. Our piniata didn’t contain chocolate. The chocolate goodie bag was given to them in a different activity. Our piniata was used as an exutoire…

Here is a short video in which my son explain it in french…

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Let’s understand the effect of unpaid care work

Understanding Unpaid Care Work: Women’s Empowerment Beyond the Paid Economy

The advancement of women’s rights and economic empowerment in market systems contributes to the economic well-being of families, communities, and nations.

How can we do this better?

Market systems programs are increasingly targeting women’s economic empowerment. However, approaches to support women to participate in paid work often assume that women’s time is elastic. They fail to consider roles and responsibilities in the household and the community, and the unpaid labor needed to sustain the households, community and the economy. This can undermine both development outcomes and market activities. For women to fully enjoy their economic rights in an optimized, shared and sustained way, the interlinkages between unpaid care work and market systems approaches need to be understood and addressed.

What is unpaid care work?

Unpaid care work is a group of activities that serves people in their well-being, outside the paid economy. It includes (i) direct care of people; (ii) housework; and (iii) unpaid community work. It is work because it involves time and energy in and it is shaped by power relations and social norms.

Unpaid care work is a social good. It becomes problematic when it is:

1. invisible, and therefore undervalued or ignored

2. characterized by extremely heavy care tasks, most notably in poor communities without adequate access to services; and,

3. unequal, meaning that the biggest responsibility falls on women and girls in poor communities.


To read the full article:

http://www.seepnetwork.org/blog/understanding-unpaid-care-work-womens-empowerment-paid-economy

Rita chemaly

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How to prevent extreme violence?

I am sharing the latest report by I can on how to prevent extreme violence.here is the Link to the Full 19-Page 2017 Report:

http://www.icanpeacework.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-PVE-and-Security-Brief.pdf

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Campaign against the social normalisation of Violence against women in Common sayings – Lebanon

I m soo happy , to see that the campaign against sexist Common sayings launched by the National Commission For Lebanese Women and UNFPA for the #16dayscampaignagainstviolence #GBV , received many reactions, and was shared massively. 
The campaign is simply reversing the common sayings, and exposing while putting “man” instead of “woman” the Cultural and social violence faced by Women, while asking the “man” do you accept if we say that to you? This is  Violence and this Violence should Not be Normalised in the Culture. This Violence needs to Stop. it is Unacceptable.
Below are the short movie prepared by NCLW and UNFPA Lebanon, and shared on TVs (huge thanks to LBCI, MTV, OTV, Future and Tele Liban) those are the TV channels I was able to screen, as well as for the news sites (NNA, Tayyar, FL) , bloggers (Thanks to Tarek) , friends, students (Thanks to Ursula) , and partners who reacted and shared this campaign. Changing mentalities is on the way!

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The must have if you have kids

What changes in your life when you have kids? Evrything.

Today i will only focus on what you Have to Have , the must have as a priority:

With all the games, the kids have at home, when i do my groceries shopping i have to , insist i have to pass by the batteries stand in the supermarket. We bought tournevis for the kids games, and…. tons tons of batteries.

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