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Je vous communique,

le communique des bloggeurs libanais, quelques bloggeurs une dizaine, qui se retrouvent pour creer une sorte d’association et groupe de pression.

en effet, les bloggeurs sont apparemment dans l’oeil du cyclone des services de censure, qui preferent un language plus poetitque et moins opposant!

aie!

Liberte oh Liberte…. ou es tu?

est-ce un averto ou une declaration de guerre entre les soit disant “services” et certains blogeurs?

Monde arabe, Ecrit, note, et Publie!

tu peux dire, Noter et Publier,

pour te brimer, laissons les tribunaux Travailler! INDEPENDEMMENT Des pressions politiques et Clientelaires!

Rita Chemaly

بيان صادر عن تجمّع المدونين في لبنان

هل يكون المدوّنون الضحيّة القادمة لقمع الأجهزة الأمنيّة في لبنان؟!

منذ تشكيل حكومة الوحدة الوطنية، ساد جو من التضييق على الحريّات العامة في البلاد، بدأت مع التضييق على الإعلام عبر محاولة وضع وثيقة مبادئ تحث على الرقابة الذاتيّة، والعمل على إصدار قانون يتيح التوقيف الأحتياطي للصحافيين، وصولاً إلى التضييق على حريّة التظاهر. وكان آخر مآثر النظام اللبناني، امتداد أيدي الأجهزة الأمنية اللبنانيّة نحو الإعلام الإلكتروني حيث ضاق صدر الأجهزة ببعض التدوينات الناقدة. فقد تمّ استدعاء المدوّن والصحافي خضر سلامة (محرر مدونة جوعان) من قبل أحد الأجهزة الأمنية لتوجيه “التنبيه” بسبب بعض مقالاته، وإفهامه ما يلي: “تغيير اللهجة، أو إغلاق المدّونة، أو كتابة الشعر حصرياً”.

بناءً على ما حدث، يرفض تجمّع المدونين في لبنان التعرّض للحريّات العامّة لا سيّما النشر على المواقع الإلكترونيّة، ويعيد التذكير بخطاب قسم رئيس الجمهورية: “فلنتحد ونعمل لبناء الدولة المدنية، القادرة، المرتكزة على احترام الحريات العامة، والمعتقد، والتعبير”. ويدعو التجمّع إلى وقف انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان والحريّات العامة. ونحث المدونين(ات) والناشطين(ات) إلى التضامن ونشر هذا البيان على مدوناتهم ومواقع الجمعيات التي ينتمون إليها. كما ندعو الإعلاميين إلى رفع الصوت عالياً لكي لا يسقط لبنان في الدوامة كم الأصوات الحرة.

بيروت في 24 آذار 2010

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GEAR – UN Gender Equality Architecture Reform – UN Gender Entity
GEAR Campaign CSW Report +

Dear GEAR Campaign Supporters,

The recent meeting of the 54th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) advanced the GEAR Campaign goal of continuing civil society pressure on governments to move forward in passing the resolution that creates the entity during this session of the General Assembly (which ends in September).  At the CSW, over 60 countries (list to be available soon) from all regions spoke in support of the new gender architecture in their speeches.  Governments initiated a resolution that was co-sponsored by 180 countries and introduced by the Joint Coordinating Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement and Group of 77/China (JCC) supporting the creation of the entity – indicating the wide spread assumption that this will happen. (The resolution is attached.)

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, called on governments to take action to create the entity without further delay, and the NGO Action of holding up a “GEAR UP NOW!” sign in the balcony on the day of his speech as part of the UN official observance of International Women’s Day on March 3rd was greeted with enthusiastic applause.  The sessions on the new entity were packed, and many other sessions that addressed UN structural issues assumed the new architecture as part of the future UN landscape.  All the NGO regional groups at CSW used this period to advocate for GEAR and specifically for a strong operational capacity in the new entity.

The General Assembly (GA) held several informal discussions on the System-Wide Coherence process (including gender architecture) before the CSW and has scheduled more March-June during which time, it is anticipated that a SWC resolution launching the new women’s agency will be drafted.  Now, the GEAR Campaign’s greatest concern is not whether the entity will be created but WHAT will be created.  We expect the resolution to be passed by the end of this GA session in time for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit review in September, but there are still a number of important details to be resolved.  In order for the entity to be effective as a driver for the UN system on women’s rights and empowerment, it must have a robust country level operation that is more than just advisory to the UN system.  This requires that it be both a coordinating body for the UN’s work on women with the capacity to hold the system accountable for gender mainstreaming as well as able to engage in its own programmatic work and to support governmental and NGO work at all levels.

We remain concerned about the money to enable the entity to be effective.  Member states should pledge core, predictable, and multi-year voluntary funds now with a goal of growing to $US1 billion and beyond over time.  There has not been enough progress on financial commitments to date.  Further, we want the resolution creating this entity to recognize that civil society has played a vital role in work on women’s rights and that it is critical to  partner with us and tap into the expertise and insights of a diverse and wide-ranging NGO constituency, particularly women’s organizations.

We would like to see the Secretary-General initiate a transparent recruitment process for the Under Secretary General to lead the entity immediately.  We are encouraged that there are many rumors floating about names for this position which suggests the inevitability of the creation of the entity, but we would like a clear and accessible process begun soon to ensure a strong committed woman is appointed to this critical job.  The GEAR statement articulating these concerns is attached as a flyer with talking points which we hope will be used by GEAR supporters in the coming two months to advocate for this kind of entity.

Finally, we have attached a new document from the Deputy Secretary General’s (DSG) office, “Establishment of a New Composite Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Key Messages, Background and Current Status.”  This document answers many of the questions that we planned to address in a GEAR Q&A.  It is a public document that we think is very useful in clarifying many points about what the entity is intended to do.  While we agree with most of its points, it is also clear from this document why we need to continue to advocate with governments and the UN for a stronger operational presence of the entity on the ground that goes beyond what UNIFEM has now as well as for the money to make this possible and for greater civil society engagement.

In the coming weeks, we urge you to continue to advocate for a resolution that creates the women’s entity with these characteristics – using both the DSG’s paper and the attached GEAR talking points.

Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) and Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
On behalf of the GEAR Campaign Working Group

GEAR Campaign Working Group:

Global Focal Points: Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

Regional Focal Points: African’s Women Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW), Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A), European Women’s Lobby (EWL), femLINKpacific, Foundation for Studies and Research on Women (FEIM), Servitas Cameroon and South Asian Campaign for Gender Equality (SACGE)/SAATHI

New York UN Lobbying Strategy Group: AIDS-Free World, Amnesty International (AI), Bahá’í International Community, UN Office, Care International, Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), ENLACE and Feminist Task Force – Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), Equality Now, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, Huairou Commission, Human Rights Watch (HRW), InterAction, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), International Service for Human Rights, International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), International Women’s Tribune Centre (IWTC), MADRE, FIMI, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), World Federalist Movement (WFM) and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

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voici une courte video filmee  de Fadia Kiwan prise

de Kalam El Nass l’emission qui passe sur Lbci,

Dans cette courte intervention Pr Fadia Kiwan, explique quelles sont les lois et regulations qui doivent etre ameliorees sinon changees, et modifiees, pour respecter les Droits des Femmes:

le Droit a la Nationalite….

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Je regardais un film a l’eau de rose, de Julia Roberts, et soudain, cette publicite apparait:

protegez vos enfants de la corruption,

vous etes la source du changement,

vous pouvez mener le changement,

sauver votre Nation!

Votez pour un changement politique!

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Une Enquête Mondiale a  été réalisée ; Elle contenait la question suivante :
> ” S’il vous plait, quelle est votre opinion sur la pénurie d’aliments
> dans le reste du monde ? ”
>
> Cette enquête fut un échec total, car … :
> … en Afrique, personne ne savait ce qu’étaient des “aliments”
> … en Europe occidentale, personne ne savait ce qu’était une “pénurie”
> … en Europe de l’Est, personne ne savait ce qu’était une “opinion”
> … en Amérique du Sud, personne ne savait ce que signifie “s’il vous plait”
> … aux Etats-Unis, personne ne savait ce qu’était le “reste du monde”

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Exellente reponse de la Campagne ma Nationalite est Mon DROIT a la proposition de donner aux enfants des femmes libanaises mariees a des non-libnanais un papier : la celebre Green Card! une carte verte, une sorte de laisser passer!

ceux qui proposent cette solution ne comprennent pas que la

NATIONALITE EST UN DROIT! UN DROIT INALIENABLE!

Les Femmes Libanaises ont le droit de donner leur Nationalite a leurs enfants et maris!

c’est un DROIT!

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Wheels on Fire

wheel chair dance Lebanon: wheel on Fire

Personal Information:
Check the you tube Video for the first dance of a Lebanese on wheel…
Though from different backgrounds, Maya Nehme and Fadi El Halabi share the same passion for dance.
Since he was a kid, Fadi dreamed of creating a dance group where people with disabilities or those without disabilities were able to dance together on stage. click the link to check the most astonishing pictures!

That dream came true as Fadi and Maya performed the first wheelchair dance show in Lebanon during the first international salsa festival in Lebanon 2009, an event organized by Ziad Kassis, that brought together many famous artists, teachers and performers. http://www.lebanonsalsafestival.org

The dance was very well received by the public; Fadi and Maya were both guests of the Lebanese famous TV show, Talk of the Town on MTV, during which they announced that they are willing to be the “Ambassadors of joy and hope” from Lebanon to the world.

Their aim is to motivate people with and without disabilities to follow their footsteps, to create a unique dance show for all.

Upcoming events:
With the generous support of Byblos Bank, Maya and Fadi will be performing “Wheels on Fire” at the 5th Cyprus Salsa Congress that will take place in the Grecian Park Hotel from the 26th to the 29th of March 2010. http://www.salsacyprus.com

Personal Interests:
Biographies of the dancers:

Maya Nehme was born in Lebanon.
As a child, Maya attended dance classes, and she was great at Piano, winning many competitions and the like. But most of all, Maya loved to sing.
At age 17 Maya participated in the Miss Lebanon Emigrant pageant and won the Miss Talent award.
After graduating from school, she tried out for Star Academy and managed to be among the finalists of the show. The following year , she was busy shooting the first and only Star Academy clip, commercials and Middle East concert tour.
In 2009, Maya released her first song “War2a Bayda” which she had written and composed and arranged by Walid Abdel Massih). War2a Bayda marked the official launching of her singing career.
Currently, Maya is a choreographer and teaches salsa, oriental, classic ballet and hip hop dance classes. She is working, as well, on her debut album.

Fadi el Halabi is born in Beirut, Lebanon.
He holds a Masters degree in clinical psychology from Saint Joseph University (USJ).
He taught psychology and had various internships and work experiences in the training and educational fields.
He was always passionate about culture and art; he attended many theaters, sculpture and drama therapy workshops.
He currently presents T.V. talk show Tawassol (on Future News) that focuses on social and topics of public interest.
He is a Psychotherapist and counselor for adults and couples in his private clinic.
He leads EDAN (Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network), NGO that is advocating for the inclusion for people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Mini Biographies of the dancers:

Maya Nehme was born in Lebanon.
As a child, Maya attended dance classes, and she was great at Piano, winning many competitions and the like. But most of all, Maya loved to sing.
At age 17 Maya participated in the Miss Lebanon Emigrant pageant and won the Miss Talent award.
After graduating from school, she tried out for Star Academy and managed to be among the finalists of the show. The following year , she was busy shooting the first and only Star Academy clip, commercials and Middle East concert tour.
In 2009, Maya released her first song “War2a Bayda” which she had written and composed and arranged by Walid Abdel Massih). War2a Bayda marked the official launching of her singing career.
Currently, Maya is a choreographer and teaches salsa, oriental, classic ballet and hip hop dance classes. She is working, as well, on her debut album.

Fadi el Halabi is born in Beirut, Lebanon.
He holds a Masters degree in clinical psychology from Saint Joseph University (USJ).
He taught psychology and had various internships and work experiences in the training and educational fields.
He was always passionate about culture and art; he attended many theaters, sculpture and drama therapy workshops.
He currently presents T.V. talk show Tawassol (on Future News) that focuses on social and topics of public interest.
He is a Psychotherapist and counselor for adults and couples in his private clinic.
He leads EDAN (Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network), NGO that is advocating for the inclusion for people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

DEARS, Fady is a very good friend of mine, he just created a facebook fan: For more information check the Facebook fan page!

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