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Eager to tell you about the MOOC  on Gender Based violence in the context of migration!

The course will begin on May 15!

what is a MOOC? a MOOC is Massive Online Open Course , that is offered for free by the Global Campus of Human Rights coordinated by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

The Mooc addresses gender, migration, and Human rights studies. The Lecture I participate in, is related to gender based violence faced by migrants and asylum seeking girls in the MENA region. The Political Sciences Institute (ISP) of Saint Joseph University part of the Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights,  has worked hard while dedicating a team to gather data, prepare, review, shoot, edit and produce the MOOC on GBV addressed by migrants girls and women in the region.  Examples for this specific lecture are taken from the newest published reports in the region related to GBV and SGBV.  Sexual Exploitation, trafficking  Statelessness, Child Marriage, Schooling and access to education are presented. Also main International Instruments addressing GBV are presented.

The MOOC is a free course of 5 hours per week, for 6 weeks, that is open to “upper year undergraduates; postgraduates; NGO activists and practitioners interested in interdisciplinary human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment, migration; young lawyers and social scientists; active and motivated citizens from around the world.”

I am very excited to be part of this Global Campus MOOC, and to have prepared the first MOOC addressing GBV and women’s rights in the region. Can’t thank enough the team who helped put all the lecture together (ISP team you rock! )  as well as the friends who helped gather the latest information in a very short deadline. (Special thanks to Ghida, Hayat, Raghda, Zeina, Myriam, and special thanks to Jihad who filmed and edited the lecture ).

Stay tuned  and follow the link to participate and enroll  in the MOOC! https://www.eiuc.org/education/global-campus-mooc-gbv-migration.html 

In solidarity from Lebanon

Let us address GBV in our region and internationally with sustainable solutions!

Rita Chemaly

 

 

For its second edition, the Youth Forum for citizenship initiatives will take place at USJ, Medical sciences campus.

it will put students in close contact with NGOs! Students coming from diverse universities!

below are the details taken from the facebook page of the event,

I will be in one of session related to Advocacy and Lobbying , it will be great to see you there tomorrow from 10 to noon!

Rita

Below the details taken from the facebook page of the event:

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100 Stands – Training for Youth and NGOS , Internship or Volunteer Opportunity!

FROM 10AM TILL 12PM
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NGO session:
– Session 1 : HR for volunteers and NGO management
– Session 2 : Strategic thinking and quality management
– Session 3 : Crowdfunding
– Session 4 : CSR programs and NGO strategy
– Session 5 : Project based learning in eco-citizenship sustainable development

To register: https://goo.gl/forms/Jb0BQV4d2287jQ012
Students sessions:
– Session 1: Political Leadership
– Session 2: Social Innovation and Project development
– Session 3: Lobbying and advocacy
– Session 4: Networking and leadership

To register: https://goo.gl/forms/uN5GF10wQVFdxZGF2

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Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth – USJ

With the collaboration of :
YASA-Association Des Jeunes Pour La Sensibilisation À La Sécurité
DONNER SANG COMPTER
La Troisième Voix pour le Liban / The Third Voice for Lebanon
CDLL – Cénacle De La Lumière
AAA – Autism Awareness Association NGO
INSAN
ABAAD
And more..

For those who are interested, join us on Sunday at noon at Sodeco , for Migrant workers day In Lebanon.migrants worker day lebanon 2017 chemaly rita

Details below are taken from the facebook page, #WeWillNotBeSilencedAnyMore  #workersday2017, be many 

Rita Chemaly

Workers’ Day 2017
Abolish Sponsorship – Ratify C189 – Stop State Violence

For the eighth year in a row, we -migrant domestic workers and supporters- come together to claim labor rights, march, and celebrate workers’ day.
This past year did not witness any improvement of protection of migrant domestic workers (MDWs). On the contrary, we have seen the abuses continue against the lives, rights and freedoms of MDWs, while the abusers still enjoyed impunity.
Tragedies and deaths still happen on daily and weekly basis without proper investigations, domestic workers and their families are still being unjustly deported and subjected to political detention, especially the public human rights defenders among them.
The struggle continues, and we unite again to make our voices heard and to claim our rights. We hereby demand the Lebanese state to:
1. Abolish the sponsorship system and replace it with a just immigration and residency system that guarantees human rights, fair and ethical recruitment, labor mobility, and the possibility of MDWs to live outside the employer’s house and change employers.
2. Ratify and implement the ILO Domestic Workers Convention of 2011 (C189).
3. Expand the Lebanese labor law to cover all categories of laborers including domestic workers.
4. Reform the standard unified contract to guarantee basic rights including the rights to get the Lebanese minimum wage, terminate the employment contract, have a maximum hours of work and be paid for overtime, the rights to privacy and decent working and living conditions, the right to have a weekly day off outside the house and unaccompanied by employers, and the right to have proper health insurance.
5. Hold abusive employers accountable and establish an inspection mechanism coupled with accessible and affordable complaint mechanisms, fair and speedy trials and legal redress.
6. Hold to account and close down all abusive and unethical recruitment agencies and establish a black-list system for these.
7. Guarantee the right of domestic workers to organize and unionize.
8. Investigate properly the deaths of MDWs, and in case of unnatural deaths, bring to justice those who caused these deaths.
9. Stop state violence against MDWs including detaining MDWs who leave their employers’ houses, exercising violence in detention centers and police stations, and depriving MDWs’ children of legal residency. Authorities must stop detaining and deporting MDWs for administrative or trivial reasons such as expired residency permits or having children in Lebanon who should all be entitled to residency and education rights in Lebanon. Authorities must also ensure speedy return procedures to home countries for workers who need it, especially for parents with children in Lebanon and workers who are sick.
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عيد العمّال 2017
لإلغاء نظام الكفالة
للتصديق على الاتفاقية رقم 189
لإيقاف عنف الدولة على عاملات المنازل

للسنة الثامنة على التوالي، نجتمع معًا، عاملات منازل مهاجرات ومؤيّدين/ات لهنّ، للسير جنبًا إلى جنب في مسيرة مطلبية والاحتفال معًا بعيد العمّال.
لم يشهد العام الماضي أي تحسّن في أوضاع عاملات المنازل المهاجرات أو تقدّم في تعزيز حقوقهنّ، بل تزايد العنف والاعتداءات عليهنّ واستمرّت الانتهاكات لحريّاتهنّ وحقوقهنّ وأرواحهنّ، فيما بقي مرتكبو هذه الانتهاكات مُفلتين من أي شكل من أشكال المحاسبة والعقاب.
لا تزال المآسي وحالات الوفاة غير الطبيعيّة تحدث بوتيرة يوميّة أو أسبوعيّة من دون أي تحقيقات جديّة بشأنها، ولا تزال العاملات، وعائلاتهن،ّ معرّضات للاحتجاز والترحيل من دون وجه حق، وخاصّة الناشطات الحقوقيّات العلنيّات من بينهنّ المعرّضات بشكل خاص للاعتقال السياسي.

إنّ كفاح العاملات مستمرّ، وها نحن نتّحد مرّة أخرى لنُسمع أصواتنا ونطالب الدولة بحقوقنا. وبشكل خاصّ نطالبها بـ:
1• إلغاء نظام الكفالة واستبداله بنظام هجرة وإقامة عادل للعاملات يحترم حقوقهنّ الإنسانية ويؤمّن سبل استقدام سليمة، وتحرّكيّة العاملات وحقهنّ في التنقّل والانتقال، وإمكانيّة العيش خارج منزل صاحب/ة العمل، وحقهنّ في تغيير صاحب/ة العمل.
2• التصديق على اتفاقية منظّمة العمل الدولية رقم 189 المتعلّقة بالعمل اللائق لعاملات المنازل، وتطبيقها.
3• توسيع نطاق قانون العمل ليشمل العمّال والعاملات كافّة، وتحديدًا عاملات المنازل.
4• إصلاح عقد العمل الموحّد المُطبّق على عاملات المنازل بشكل يضمن لهنّ حقوقهنّ العمّالية البديهيّة، مثل الحقّ في الحصول على الحد الأدنى للأجور، والعدد الأقصى لساعات العمل وإعطاء أجر إضافي مقابل ساعات العمل الزائدة، والحقّ في يوم عطلة خارج المنزل من دون اشتراط مرافقة أصحاب العمل لهنّ، والحقّ في تأمين صحّي مناسب، والحقّ في الخصوصية وفي ظروف العمل والعيش اللائقة، والحقّ في إنهاء عقد العمل.
5• محاسبة أصحاب العمل الذين ينتهكون الحقوق ويسيئون إلى العاملات، ووضع آلية فعّالة للمراقبة والتفتيش، مقترنة بآليّات سهلة للتبليغ عن الشكاوى، وضمان المحاكمات والإجراءات القانونية السريعة والعادلة.
6• محاسبة مكاتب الاستقدام المسيئة والتي تتّبع سبل استقدام غير سليمة وإغلاقها، والعمل على تفعيل نظام القائمة السوداء لمنع تلك المكاتب من العمل مجدّدًا وأصحابها من فتح وكالات جديدة.
7• ضمان حقّ العاملات في التنظيم والعمل النقابي.
8 • التحقيق الجدّي في حالات الوفيّات غير الطبيعيّة لعاملات المنازل وسَوق مسبّبي الوفاة إلى العدالة.
9• وقف عنف الدولة ضدّ عاملات المنازل، بما في ذلك من تجريم ‘هروب’ العاملات المنزليات من بيوت أصحاب العمل، وممارسة العنف عليهنّ في مراكز الشرطة ومراكز الاحتجاز، وحرمان أطفالهنّ من الإقامة القانونيّة في البلاد. على السلطات التوقّف عن احتجاز عاملات المنازل وترحيلهنّ لأسباب إداريّة شتّى مثل انتهاء صلاحيّة الإقامة أو لسبب إنجابهنّ الأطفال، الذين يحقّ لهم أصلاً بالإقامة القانونية والتعلّم في لبنان. وعلى السلطات أيضًا ضمان إجراءات ترحيل سريعة للعاملات اللواتي يحتجن إلى المغادرة، وخاصّة الأهل وأطفالهم أو المرضى.
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Journées des Travailleurs 2017
Abolir le système du Kafala – Ratifier la Convention 189 – Arrêter la violence d’Etat

Pour la 8ème année consécutive, nous -les travailleuses domestiques migrantes et les supporteurs- s’assemblons pour revendiquer des droits du travail, marcher et célébrer la Fête du travail.
L’année qui vient de s’écouler n’a pas apporté d’amélioration dans la protection des travailleuses domestiques migrantes. Au contraire, nous avons vu les abus contre leurs vies, droits et libertés continuer pendant que les abuseurs profitent toujours de la même impunité.
Morts et tragédies continuent d’arriver tous les jours et toutes les semaines sans aucunes véritables enquêtes et les travailleuses domestiques migrantes et leurs famille sont toujours injustement déportées et sujettes aux détentions politiques, spécialement les défenseures publiques des droits humains parmi elles.
La lutte continue et nous nous unissons une fois encore pour faire entendre nos voix et réclamer nos droits. Nous demandons donc à l’Etat libanais de :
1- Abolir le système du Kafala et de le remplacer par un système d’immigration et de résidence juste qui garantit les droits humains, un recrutement juste et éthique, ainsi que la possibilité pour les travailleuses domestiques migrantes de vivre hors du lieu de résidence de leur employeur et de changer d’employeurs.
2- Ratifier et mettre en œuvre la Convention sur les travailleuses domestiques de l’OIT (C189)
3- Etendre le Code du Travail libanais pour inclure toutes les catégories de travailleurs, dont les travailleuses domestiques.
4- Réformer le contrat standard unifié pour garantir les droits fondamentaux des travailleuses domestiques dont les droits d’obtenir le salaire minimum libanais, de terminer leur contrat de travail, d’avoir un nombre d’heures de travail maximum et d’être payées pour les heures supplémentaires, le droit à l’intimité et à des conditions de travail et de vie décentes, le droit d’avoir un jour de congé hebdomadaire en dehors du lieu de vie et non-accompagnées par les employeurs, et le droit d’avoir une vraie assurance de santé.
5- Tenir pour responsables les employeurs abusifs et établir un mécanisme d’inspection accompagné de mécanismes de plainte accessibles et abordables, des procès équitables et rapides ainsi que des recours juridiques.
6- Tenir pour responsables et fermer toutes les agences de recrutement abusives et non-éthiques ainsi que d’établir un système de « black list » pour celles-ci.
7- Garantir le droit des travailleuses domestiques de s’organiser et de se syndiquer.
8- Enquêter convenablement sur les morts des travailleuses domestiques et dans les cas de morts non naturelles, traduire en justice les responsables.
9- Arrêter la violence d’Etat contre les travailleuses domestiques migrantes dont la détention de celles qui quittent le lieu de résidence de leurs employeurs, l’utilisation de la violence dans les centres de détention et les postes de police, et la privation de résidence légale aux enfants de travailleuses domestiques migrantes. Les autorités doivent arrêter de détenir et de déporter les travailleuses domestiques migrantes pour des raisons administratives ou triviales telles que l’expiration des permis de résidence ou avoir des enfants au Liban alors qu’ils devraient bénéficier du droit de résidence et à l’éducation. Les autorités doivent aussi s’assurer de mettre en place des procédures de retour rapides vers les pays d’origine pour les travailleuses qui en ont besoin, spécifiquement pour celles avec des enfants au Liban et celles qui sont malades

As a workaholic, i was dreading the maternity leave. What should i do? How will i fill up my days?

I totally forgot that sleepless nights, make room for sleepy days. Some days, i just can’t open my eyes, i breastfeed on automatic mode!

Maternity leave helps the mother to heal from surgery, and the experience of giving birth, and… to adapt to the new born rythm of sleeping and eating and getting together.

A needed time for mother and child.

Some facts: Maternity leave should last at least 14 weeks,

Parental leave, or paternity leave of at least 1 month to be taken during the first year of a child is also needed!

Em jn w rafael

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Women in Lebanon face soo many challenges:

In the media, in the society, in her marriage a woman in Lebanon is stereotyped, conditio ned , and has a minimal access to basic rights.

NATIONALITY? she still can’t transmit it to her children!

Political participation and leadership roles? we have only 3% of women parliamentarians, only One woman as a minister, we Need a Quota of at least 30% of the seats !

Harassment? At work there is no clear article against it in the Labor law! Sexual harassment needs to end!

Our Penal Code? It permits in 2017 to a rapist to Marry his Victim!

Living in a patriarchal, sectarian society makes of all women fighters !

I will never give up in asking for our rights!

Basic Fundamental rights of Women in Lebanon!

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RITA CHEMALY

International Women’s day in Lebanon, is a day to celebrate the Fight of all women and men for equal rights, and social justice.

The fight began with some winnings: the right to vote, the right to be elected, some recent rights in taxation laws….

but the Fight need to be pursued: in Lebanon, in the parliament, the percentage of women is of 3%, the women in Lebanon have to think twice before marrying a foreigner as their children won’t be considered lebanese, the Women in Lebanon can’t open bank accounts for their children and the list is long, I have blogged about it for years.

The Big Problem is for me that 2 Lebanese Women are not equal…. not only men and women are not equal, but 2 Lebanese Woman do not have the same rights, regarding marriage and its consequences.

this enforced by our Constitution giving personal status confessions in Lebanon the right to deal with all matters regarding marriage , inheritance, adoption, guardianship, divorce.

we need to amend the Personal status laws, for them to be more in favor of women, OR and which is way better, ask for a common civil law for all…

Happy International Women’s day, and happy fight for all….

Rita Chemaly

 

During one of the salons du livre we bought the book untitled “protegeons la planete” by nathan. Jn also got the signature of the author.

As lebanon is living the garbage crisis, i was always thinking of how i can raise jn to be “ecolo” or at least try to be ecolo.

For the last months, the ” protegeons la planete” is our “livre de chevet” and we read it each night!

How to keep the water clean, how  to recycle garbage, how to save forests…

What i love is the part related to garbage burning… it is written that toxic smells push us to take medicine.  jn asked me ” is this why i take hystamed?”

 

Rita

Em jn w raf!

 

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