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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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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

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

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!

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.

I have tried fun zone reyfoun this summer, and we went there at least 7 times this summer. We just loved it. Kids and parents. Big , open space for kids to run, plenty of chairs for parents, safe games. I just love this place for my kids to play.

Although the resto is in my opinion average. Average taste, service slow. We ate there each time, but it s not my favorite. The good thing is it is open on the kids zone. We can watch the kids play and run in all the games. Usually in reyfoun what i prefered and suggest is to eat at kababji/avenue and then go down to fun zone, where kids can have water and juice.

In antelias, tonight was my first experience, i guess after trying reyfoun and all the space and the new games there, and the numerous games for all ages, i am disappointed. Old games, some neglected (attached pics) , the space is not that big. And unlike reyfoun there is no accompagnatrice in each game.

What shocks me everywhere in fun zone and other places, is the arguileh for parents at the resto. Thanks god it s only in the resto that it is allowed.

The space is clean too, the cleaning lady tours the place all the time. At the end, for grading and rating for reyfoun fun zone i grade 9/10 for antelias fun zone 5.5/10.

Below are some pics from antelias:

Notre famille et communaute de foi et lumiere Antelias/Al Saydeh, ont gagne un ange au ciel , un ange qui va interceder pour nous. Elle est partie Tamar, qui parlait francais, qui adorait chanter et lancer des discussions sur l’amitie. Tamara tu es partie tot, tu es partie retrouver le tres- Haut, tu restes entouree des prieres de nous tous et toutes, et tu vois directement combien Dieu nous aime. 20160820_195434

Pour rappel, Foi et lumiere est une association qui assemble dans des communautes de dialogue et d’ecoute des personnes porteuses d’un handicap mental, leurs parents, leurs familles et des amis/es. Au Liban, les communautes sont nombreuses, et existent dans divers villages et regions.

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