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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign has announced its new theme for 2015.

16dayscampaign theme lebanon

The Campaign that will be held from November 25 to December 10 will focus on:

“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!”

Below is a clearer view of what is thought of under the theme of 2015:

Under this global theme, the 16 Days Campaign is asking you to join in advancing the right to education and challenging violence, discrimination, and inequity in education at the intersection of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, real or perceived sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and other social identifiers. You can start thinking about what spaces and access to education look like in your community, country, or region. In planning your participation, consider the ways in which militarism affects education, whether in peacetime, during conflict, in refugee and IDP camps, in indigenous territories, in schools and other education settings, or even on the streets. Consider how violence and increased militarism has affected the education of young people in countries that have recently experienced different types of armed conflict; how extremism through State and non-State policies and practices have affected the right to education, especially for girls; and how government expenditures on arms and other priorities of militarization set the tone in funding for safe and accessible education for all .”

In Lebanon Education is a huge domain in which clear action plans need to be implemented, the Problem is access and quality of education for several people living in Lebanon.

I am thinking of all those IDPs camp in which I was greeted by yound children that didn’t go to school, and stayed in the camps all day long.

below is the link the website:

http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2015-campaign/2015-theme

here is what you Can do to join this Global Movement:

RESOURCES FOR 2015

CWGL is in the process of developing resources and campaign materials, which will provide useful background information on the theme and suggestions for planning campaign activities.

CWGL will be posting these resources on the 16 Days Campaign website over the months leading up to the campaign. You can also write to the 16 Days Campaign (16days@cwgl.rutgers.edu) to request hard copies of these materials. Participants can visit our website (http://16days.cwgl.rutgers.edu) to download the Take Action Kit materials or to request a hard copy when available.

Join the 16 Days Campaign!

The 16 Days Campaign is open to participants engaging in action on these issues in ways that are relevant to their specific context. Participants know best on what and with whom they can engage – whether their governments or communities – to challenge and change in positive terms the structures which perpetuate gender-based violence. Create or join a community, campus, national or international activity! Request campaign materials, join the 16 Days listserv, and use past International Calendars of Activities (available online) to spark ideas for your activities or to find information about groups in your area. Use of the hashtag #16Days on social media is encouraged!

Share your plans!

As November approaches, remember to submit your plans to CWGL for posting to the 2015 International Campaign Calendar to become part of the global 16 Days Campaign movement. The International Campaign Calendar can be found at http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/campaign-calendar.

Check out the website!

If you would like more information about the international 16 Days Campaign, please visit the website http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/16days/home.html. Pictures from previous 16 Days Campaigns can be viewed on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/16dayscampaign.

Sign up for the 16 Days e-mail list!

Join the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence e-mail listserv, which gives activists a space to share work against violence, build partnerships with others worldwide, and develop strategies and themes for the annual 16 Days Campaign. Sign up at https://email.rutgers.edu/mailman/listinfo/16days_discussion.

ABOUT THE 16 DAYS CAMPAIGN

Since its founding in 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership has been the global coordinator of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. For the past twenty-five years, the 16 Days Campaign has been dedicated to advocacy and coordination of work in support of ending gender-based violence at the local, national, and international levels. The dates, November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 10th (Human Rights Day), were chosen to emphasize the links between ending gender-based violence and human rights principles and highlight that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation. The 16 Days Campaign is used as an organizing strategy to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence by individuals, groups, and institutions throughout the world.

Attached is the full PDF form :

Theme Announcement 2015 FINAL_English

Rita Chemaly

Remedies for Forced Marriage – A Handbook for Lawyers

Remedies for Forced Marriage – A Handbook for Lawyers brings together expert commentaries by lawyers and activists working on the issue of forced marriages and interference with choice in marriage in four different countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

The Handbook is intended to assist those seeking legal remedies in such cases, and in particular to prevent forced marriages, and protect those affected. While aimed primarily at lawyers, we hope that it will also be useful for voluntary sector workers, social workers and women’s rights advocates and activists seeking to identify available legal remedies.

The Handbook discusses available remedies in four countries for securing the right to choice in marriage. While focusing on legal remedies – available through the courts – it also identifies practical steps to be taken prior to or alongside any attempted legal action.

The Handbook is divided into two parts, the first on the United Kingdom and the second on the three countries in South Asia. In each case the discussion on legal remedies focuses broadly around four broad areas, namely applicable laws, the court system, the criteria for validity of marriage, and remedies for prevention and protection. The discussion on remedies in the UK differs significantly from that in the other countries, reflecting the different legal systems.

Cover page
Inside cover and dedication
Table of contents
Introduction
Part I: Remedies in United Kingdom
1 Legal Remedies for Forced Marriage in United Kingdom
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE and Teertha Gupta QC
2 Escaping Forced Marriage: Non-Legal Remedies in United Kingdom
Hannana Siddiqui
Part 2: Remedies in South Asia
3 Remedies for Forced Marriage in Bangladesh
Sara Hossain
4 Remedies for Forced Marriage in India
Asmita Basu and Jayna Kothari
5 Remedies for Forced Marriage in Pakistan
Sohail Akbar Warraich
Acknowledgements
Acronyms
Glossary
List of Laws
List of Cases

Forced marriages legal protection of Human rights

for more information here is the direct link,

http://www.interights.org/forced-marriage-handbook/index.html

Since 7 am this morning we are on the crazy roads of North Lebanon , trying to fill as many questionnaires as we can for the Sciences Po research about syrians and lebanese feeling about safety.

For me it was disheartening to see where syrians refugees are living:tents of nylon, that they rent for 150$ per month.

A syrian in lebanon is forbidden from work. Curfews are imposed by some municipalities.  It means they don’t have the right of movement.

More than that In Qualamoun young children can’t go to schools because their parents can’t afford the registration fees.

in Nabi Youchaa camp Haguar and her children are not on UNHCR lists. Her young boy of 7 months has otitis and she can’t afford the treatment.

and what they say as how are lebanese treat them: some are great others hate us.

I can’t express the feeling of that first day. The need to have a clear public policy for refugees is a must must!  Must!

Inhuman treatment is not okay, Not Any Convention, Law, Right, or Constitution might Accept it, we need to find solutions and help refugees feel more welcome and Safe!!!!!

RitaIMG-20150621-WA0026

Deputy Project Manager
Deadline for applications: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Contract:

Location: Beirut
Working area:
JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Announcement

Position:         Deputy project manager (full-time)

Start Date:      July 1st, 2015

Duration:        1 year (with possible extension)

A deputy project manager with excellent organizational skills, basic research experience and a core interest in working on gender and sexuality (focus on sexual and reproductive health), is sought for a new 2 year-long funded project.

What is the A project?

The A project is a Beirut-based organization seeking agency, alternatives and autonomy in sexuality, sexual health, and gender. The project looks to address people living in Lebanon, young and not so young, through various programs. The project aims to work on sexuality, while looking at but not limiting the discussion to disease-prevention and violence, but also through a political, critical, yet affirmative and sex-positive framework.

Main Duties

 

This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic and flexible individual. Applicants will need great interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with individuals of diverse backgrounds and community organizations.

Applicants need not be experts in sexuality, gender, and/or health but preference goes to those who have experience in these domains. The position requires a range of skills and responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Logistical set up and contribution to workshops/ trainings
  • Meeting with migrant workers and refugee community leaders
  • Familiarize themselves thoroughly with the work that has been commissioned
  • Collecting and analyzing qualitative data
  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports
  • Coordinating with national, regional, and other global-south networks and allies
  • Documentation of project activities
  • Running a sexuality support-line and liaising with support-line volunteers
  • Plan work in such a way to achieve specific objectives

Ideally candidates must have

  • Either an MPH or MA degree in a social science discipline, or a bachelors degree and work experience; applicants with a healthcare background are also encouraged to apply
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice issues
  • Good analytical, quantitative, and qualitative research skills
  • High level of independence and decision-making
  • An interest in working within the field of sexuality and gender
  • Proficiency in Arabic and English (spoken and written)
  • Willingness to learn new skills and work under pressure at times
  • Basic knowledge of windows office (excel, ppt, & word) and social media platforms.
  • Ability to work well with other organizations
  • Very good representational and presentational skills
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills
  • Skills of innovation and lateral thinking and being able to find new and imaginative ways of doing things
  • An ability to prioritize and manage time effectively
  • While it’s not required, please mention if experienced in photoshop, and/or blogging.
  • Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines;
  • Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations – collaborator; problem solver; relationship-builder; and strong inter-personal skills

Circumstances

  • Work hours are flexible with possibility of working in evening/week-end for trainings (for which time off in lieu will be given)
  • Field visits take place in different parts of Lebanon
  • Priority will be given to women and gender non-conforming persons

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Please rate your level of comfort addressing, discussing, and working with individuals who relate to the below topics.

  

This position doesn’t require knowledge on all the below topics, this is only to gauge comfort levels.

– Include the below table at the end of your cover letter.

– Mention in your cover letter whether you have worked in any of the below fields or have specific discomforts regarding any of them.

Very comfortable

1

Comfortable

2

Undecided

3

Uncomfortable

4

Very Uncomfortable

5

Premarital sex
Sexual violence
STIs and HIV
People living with HIV
Unwanted pregnancy
Abortion, early term
Abortion, later term
Sexual orientation
Transpersons
Sex work & Sex workers
Sexual pleasure
Contraception
Sex with multiple partners

 

If you fulfill the criteria and are interested please send a cover letter, CV, and the name and contact information of one reference to mashroualef@gmail.com with the subject heading: Deputy Project Manager

Communications and media consultant
Deadline for applications: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Contract:

Location: Beirut
Working area:
JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Announcement

Position:         Communications and media consultant (part-time)

Start Date:      July 1st, 2015

Duration:        8 months

A communications and media consultant with creative edge and a core interest in working on gender and sexuality (focus on sexual and reproductive health), is sought for a part time position.

What is the A project?

The A project is a Beirut-based organization seeking agency, alternatives and autonomy in sexuality, sexual health, and gender. The project looks to address people living in Lebanon, young and not so young, through various programs. The project aims to work on sexuality, while looking at but not limiting the discussion to disease-prevention and violence, but also through a political, critical, yet affirmative and sex-positive framework.

Main Duties

 

This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic and dynamic individual. Applicants will need great interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with individuals of diverse backgrounds and community organizations.

Applicants need not be experts in sexuality, gender, and/or health but preference goes to those who have experience in these domains. The position requires a range of skills and responsibilities, including but not limited to:

Main Duties

  • Develop communication strategies for offline and online channels (website articles, feature stories, blogs, infographics, interviews, annual report, brochures; videos/ animations are a plus).
  • Produce and design, or give suggestions on the design of attractive brochures, pamphlets, and other publicity tools that are in line with theAproject’s politics.
  • Produce relevant, creative, and engaging communication material for various online channels in English and Arabic.
  • Launch and manage social media platforms (Twitter/Facebook):
  1. Develop a communication strategy for each platform;
  2. Prepare the contents (video and image production);
  3. Community management and monitoring.
  • Assist with other communication tasks, as needed.

Criteria

  • A degree in communications, marketing, media and public relations, journalism, or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice issues
  • Knowledge in providing communication support for non-governmental organizations
  • Ability to use social media tools and blogging for advocacy.
  • Excellent writing, editing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills (in English and Arabic).
  • Knowledge and prior use of Microsoft Office, photoshop, and illustrator.
  • Basic research and analytic skills
  • Result driven, able to meet targets and deadlines
  • Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Self-starter and organized
  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities
  • An interest in working within the field of sexuality and gender
  • Professional blogging experience a plus
  • Experience in communication consulting a plus

Circumstances

  • Part time: 10 days per month for a period of 8 months
  • Priority will be given to women and gender non-conforming persons

———————


Please state if you have worked on or have any specific discomforts in working on any of the following topics: premarital sex, sexual violence, STIs and HIV, people living with HIV, unwanted pregnancies, abortion, sexual orientation, transgenderism, sex work, sexual pleasure, or contraception.

This position doesn’t require knowledge on the above topics.

If qualified and interested please send a cover letter, CV, and the name and contact information of one reference tomashroualef@gmail.com with the subject heading: Media Consultant

As a mother of a young baby boy, looking for a school in #Lebanon,  I was happy to read the last decision taken and published in the official  gazette ( Source: No 23 of the 4/6/2015)  in Lebanon by the Ministry of work ( Circular Nb 2068 ). Now the employees having a work contract can benefit from a scholarship allowance  for the education of their kids at school for the 2014 and 2015 educational year. :-) As for the sums allocated, here is a brief about what has been decided:

  • 300 000LL for students in public schools;
  • 750 000LL for students in private schools or universities;
  • 450 000LL for students enrolled in the Lebanese university;

As the Circular says: the children must be between 4 and 25 years old. If the employee benefits from an allowance that is higher than this one, it shouldn’t be changed. this is what is written in the text. For more details attached the picture of the official gazette/ JARIDA RASMIYA Even if the sums are “tight” this IS a GREAT Step for WORKING parents!!!!!! Now Make sure to ask your accountant and boss to IMPLEMENT This Marsoum!!! youhou! Below is a picture of it! Rita Chemaly20150611_124035 AND HERE IS THE CLEAR PICTURE OF THE MARSOUM EDUCATION ALLOWANCE LEBANON PAGE 1 OFFICIAL GAZETTE CHEMALY RITA EDUCATION ALLOWANCE LEBANON PAGE 2 OFFICIAL GAZETTE CHEMALY RITA

For those interested here is the TOR posted by UNFPA for the development of facilitator’s modules  on stigma and discrimination against PLHIV and preventing/responding to GBV.

Rita.

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TOR  – Development of Facilitator’s Modules for Two Thematic Areas

 Terms of Reference (TOR)
 
Development of Facilitator’s Modules for Two Thematic Areas
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
   Lebanon 
BACKGROUND
In line with its strategic plan to increase young people’s access to comprehensive, gender sensitive, quality, sexual and reproductive health services and information, and specifically within the framework of the “Let’s Talk Campaign” , UNFPA partnered with the NGO VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts Association) for carrying out the “72 Hours Movie Challenge” contest in 2013 and 2014. The themes of the contest were on “Stigma and Discrimination against people living with HIV” (PLHIV) and “Preventing/Responding to Gender Based Violence” (GBV) in 2013 and 2014 respectively.  Young people competed for the production of the movies within 72 hours (or 3 days). Three winning movies were selected under each theme by a renowned panel of Lebanese producers, directors and actors.
Based on the above, there exist therefore 6 winning short movies that depict realities, reflections and messages on the 2 thematic areas. The diversity and richness of information within the 6 movies should certainly be utilized as a complementary tool and/or multiplier effect to reach a wide range of young people and through different approaches.
OBJECTIVE
The objective of the consultancy is to develop two facilitator’s modules for each of the 2 thematic areas i.e. stigma and discrimination against PLHIV and preventing/responding to GBV.
These 2 modules will be used by facilitators (who could consist of young leaders, trainers, teachers, peer educators, etc.) during awareness raising sessions within various youth settings. The outcome is expected to contribute to preparing the grounds for engaging in appropriate discussions and interactions among the participants on various HIV/AIDS and GBV related issues. It is anticipated that increased knowledge and discussion among young people on these issues would contribute to more positive attitudes as well as engaging in safe, responsible and harmless practices.
The rationale for the production of two facilitator’s modules is to make efficient and optimal use of the winning movies by a trained and capable person facilitating awareness-raising sessions with young people, in different settings (i.e. schools, clubs, camps, etc.). The consultancy will be undertaken in close collaboration with UNFPA and consultation with VAPA.
PROCESS
The UNFPA office will initiate the undertaking of the assignment by engaging a national consultant and in accordance with the agreed upon terms of reference.  The identification of the consultant will be made by UNFPA on basis of agreed upon criteria and requirements as per required qualifications (see Qualification section below).
TASKS
The consultant’s main tasks will consist of (a) undertaking desk review and literature search of pertinent resources as well as similar material, (b) reviewing the six movies (3 for each topic) and related scenarios, (c) carrying out consultation and meetings with the production team/actors, UNFPA and VAPA, (d) developing a structured framework for the modules, and (e) finalizing the modules based on testing and feedback by UNFPA.
Specifically, the consultant will undertake the following key tasks for achieving the objective of this consultancy:
  • Draw up a plan of action and timetable for accomplishing the tasks of the consultancy;
  • Undertake desk review – including internet search –  and investigate/review similar resources developed/used in the country and/or the region;
  • Prepare a period of consultation/interview with the various partners/stakeholders;
  • Consult with UNFPA, VAPA, the script writers and production teams;
  • Develop a framework and structure for each of the two modules (i.e. PLHIV and GBV) on basis of literature review and consultation;
  • Elaborate content of each module;
  • Prepare and ensure timely delivery of the first draft of the 2 modules for review by UNFPA;
  • Pre-test the modules through the undertaking of focus group discussions with young people from different regions as deemed necessary for obtaining feedback including views and opinions of potential user (to be organized and supported by UNFPA);
  • Finalize the two modules on basis of comments received from the field and from UNFPA; and
  • Provide UNFPA office with an electronic and hard copy of the final modules (Arabic);
  • Proof read the final text once the graphic designer has worked on the layout.
DELIVRABLES
The consultant shall provide the following deliverables which will consist of the final outcomes for this consultancy:
  • The final version of the facilitator’s modules in Arabic in both soft and hard copies for each of the 2 thematic areas (i.e. HIV and GBV).
It is suggested that each of the 2 modules includes the following sections (around 15-20 pages); a two pages background; a one page lesson plan for each activity, and two-three pages note for the facilitator:
1. Background
  • This section is suggested to include a definition on the topic, a brief situation analysis about the magnitude of the topic, statistics about the subject matter, some information about national efforts and systems, main players in the country, etc.
2. One activity for screening the movie
  • This activity aims at introducing the topic and engaging participants in a discussion covering the topic dealt with. It could be about expressing opinions, feelings and thoughts. It could also be about characters from the movies, the way they behaved, acted, etc.
3. Two activities to address general information on the related topic
  • Two activities on attitudes and perceptions about the related topic
  • Two activities on the political environment (legislative, political, etc.)
  • A facilitator’s note for each section
It should be noted that the content of each module can serve one or all three movies under each thematic area (i.e. HIV and GBV).
TIMEFRAME
The duration of the entire consultancy is for 8 weeks starting from the date of the signature of the contract.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Advanced University degree in social/development sciences or other related areas with previous work experience and considerable skills in training material development
  • Significant  knowledge and expertise in HIV/AIDS and Gender/GBV;
  • Extensive experience in training material development, field work and focus groups;
  • knowledge with UNFPA’s work is an asset
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong analytical writing skills
  • Computer literate
  • Strong Arabic writing skills.
Interested candidates may apply online by providing:
  • A letter of intend
  • A most updated CV
The documents must be sent to the following email address: 
UNFPA: info-lebanon@unfpa.org 
by no later than June 22, 2015
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