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the new brief that assemble story abt gender based violence; women campaign; women activism is online!

you may check it by cliking on the link below!

DONT FORGET: toghether we can make change happen!!!

rita

Dear Readers,

 

Kindly find below the latest issue of the Gender and Development e-Brief (No 98)

Please note that the Development e-Brief is posted on line on the following URLM: http://crtda.org.lb/webfm_send/360 

 

Best regards,
CRTD.A / IRIS

  

Gender and Development e -Brief / Issue 98

July 2010

IN THIS ISSUE

 

 
CONFERENCES
& OPPORTUNITIES

Fund for Gender Equality Announces 2010 Grantees in 13 Countries

NEWS & ARTICLES
WOMEN’S RIGHTS CAMPAIGN 
UN General Assembly Votes Unanimously to Launch New Agency Called UN Women
The Campaign “Reform of the Hijab” in Iraq
Violence Against Women Monitor – July 2010
A Popular Tribunal for Women’s Citizenship Rights in Lebanon

WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISM

Majority of Iranians Now Opposed to Compulsory Veiling in Iran

And… a Call to Stop Stoning, End Gender Legal Discrimination

CEDAW Committee – Election of Members

Saudi Women Training to Replace Expats in Jobs

All-Female Car Racing Team in Palestine

Nationality Campaign and Equality without Reservation: in solidarity with Bahraini Women Society
GENDER RIGHTS
Best Hope of Eradicating FGM in Kurdish North Appears to Rest With Muslim Clerics

Issues of Marrying Abroad + Unmarried Saudi Women

Financial Incentive Increases Girls in School in Yemen

ECOSOC UN Review – Gender Equality & Empowerment of Women
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Palestine-Gaza – Women Trapped by Blockade, Locked in Dispair

Police Arrest Woman Leader for Praying with Torah at Western Wall – Palestine

Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani Faces Imminent Death by Stoning

“Female Genital Mutilation Must be Outlawed” in Iraq

Prominent Female Legislator – Conflicting Public Perceptions in Iraq

United States: Octavia Nasr fired from CNN for expressing respect for Ayotallah Fadlallah

BOOKS & REPORTS
 
GENDER RIGHTS
Cooperatives Benefit Women Worldwide – UN
Women’s Economic Opportunity – Index Report
Systemic Global Crisis – Serious Impacts on Women  
Data Importance for Development – Gender-Disaggregated Data
Reports on Women’s Political, Economic, and Social Status in Morocco
… and a Project on Status of Women in Middle East & North Africa
UN Study on Status of Women, Religion or Belief, Traditions – Translations


Gender and Development e-Brief receives material from various sources for its publication. Should you wish to refer to these sources/ sites directly, the list includes publications from: AVIVA, www.aviva.org, AWID: www.awid.org, Democracy Digest: www.freedomhouse.org, Development Gateway: www.developmentgatway.org, Dignity: www.dignity.org, e-Civicus: www.civicus.org, Eldis: www.eldis.org, ESCWA: www.escwa.org.lb, GDB: www.developmentex.com, Global Knowledge Partnership: www.globalknowledge.org, IGTN: www.IGTN.org, ILO: www.ilo.org One World: www.oneworld.net, Siyanda: www.siyanda.org, The Daily Star: www.dailystar.com.lb, The Drum Beat: www.comminit.com, The Soul Beat: www.comminit.com, The World Bank: www.worldbank.org, UNDP: www.undp.org, Wicejilist: www.wicej.addr.com, WLP: www.learningpartnership.org; WIDE: www.wide-network.org; IRIN News: www.irinnews.org, Women’s UN Report Network: www.wunrn.com, Women Living Under Muslim Laws: www.wluml.org


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التغيير في أيدينا

الناشطون الإلكترونيون: من البحث إلى الفعل على الإنترنت

بقلم: ريتا شمالي

تزداد شعبية المدوَّنات بشكل كبير في لبنان مع قيامها بتغطية المسرح السياسي والاجتماعي، معبّرة عن مطالب المجتمع.

ونتيجة لذلك أصبحت المدوّنات وجماعات الإنترنت أداة سياسية حقيقية في أيدي المجتمع المدني لبحث القضايا وتشجيعها عبر الإنترنت.

ويعمل العديد من الناشطين على الإنترنت، وخصوصاً المدوّنين، على حشد مستخدمي الإنترنت للعمل في قضايا تؤثر على المواطنين.

وتشكّل تعابير مثل “العدالة الاجتماعية” و”الديمقراطية” و”الحشد” كلمات رئيسية في قاموس المدوّنين اللبنانيين، مثلما تشكل البيئة والتراث الوطني وحقوق الإنساني مواضيع رئيسية.

ويأمل هؤلاء المدوّنون والناشطون الإلكترونيون من خلال مدوّناتهم ومواقعهم وتعليقاتهم إشعال فتيل التغيير في لبنان، نحو ديمقراطية حقيقية ترتكز على تعزيز مشاركة المواطن في القرارات السياسية.

وعمل الناشطون الإلكترونيون اللبنانيون مؤخراً على سبيل المثال ضد بناء موقف للسيارات تحت حديقة عامة في بيروت ينتج عنه قطع أشجار الحديقة القديمة بسبب جذورها العميقة، فقاموا ببدء حملة “إنقاذ حديقة الصنايع” من خلال إعداد التماس على الإنترنت وإصدار نداء للمواطنين للاحتجاج من خلال الاعتصام في الحديقة العامة.

وكذلك قام الناشطون الإلكترونيون بحشد مجموعات لصالح الحفاظ على بنايات أو مواقع قديمة تعتبر أجزاء هامة من تراث لبنان الوطني، وذلك من خلال إيجاد مجموعات تأثير وحث أعضاء البرلمان على سن قانون لحماية هذه المواقع.

وفي إحدى الحالات تمكن الناشطون الإلكترونيون من إقناع وزير الثقافة سليم وردة بترؤس مبادرة جديدة تهدف إلى جعل البرلمان يسن قانوناً يحمي في حال صدوره بعض أقدم المباني في لبنان وأكثرها عرضة للخطر.

وفي محاولة لتشجيع حقوق الإنسان قام المدوّنون اللبنانيون بتنظيم حملة على الإنترنت ضد الاعتقال العشوائي وتحسين مراكز الاعتقال.

وكذلك كانت هناك حملات لترسيخ حقوق المرأة اللبنانية المتزوجة من رجل أجنبي، التي لا تستطيع إعطاء جنسيتها لزوجها وأولادها.

وهذه فقط بعض الأمثلة على مواطنين مهتمين قاموا بعمل ما وقالوا قولهم وجرى سماعهم وقاموا بحشد مواطنين آخرين، وكل ذلك عبر قوة الإنترنت.

وتوفّر المدوّنات، مستخدمة منبر الإنترنت المتوفّر للجميع، للسياسيين الفرصة لقراءة ردود فعل المواطنين على بعض قراراتهم السياسية.

وأصبح المواطنون الذين كانوا أهدافاً سلبية للسياسة في الماضي، مستخدمين نشطين للتقنيات الجديدة للتأثير على السياسة.ويقول المؤلف الفرنسي فرانسيس بيساني الذي يركّز على التكنولوجيا والاتصالات “لقد أصبح الباحثون على الإنترنت اليوم عاملين ناشطين عليها”.

ويشكّل المدوّنون جزءاً واحداً فقط من توجه نحو ثقافة تشاركية للمواطنين.

ففي كانون الثاني/يناير 2010 قرر عشرون مدوّناً لبنانياً التجمع لتشكيل حلف.

وأراد هؤلاء المستخدمون للإنترنت، ومن بينهم طلبة، إثبات أن باستطاعتهم تغيير المجتمع من أجل الأفضل من خلال العمل الناشط.

وقد أدى هذا الإيمان إلى إيجاد منظمة المدوّنين اللبنانيين التي تهدف إلى توليد تغيير اجتماعي من خلال ثورة إلكترونية.

وتشكّل مهمة منظمة المدوّنين اللبنانيين ورسالتها كما نص عليها ميثاق إنشائها المساهمة في إيجاد مجتمعات تطلق تغييرات إيجابية في المجتمع اللبناني.

وقد قرر المدوّنون الأعضاء في المنظمة استخدام انتخابات 2010 البلدية كمنبر وفتح صفحة معلومات تفاعلية على الإنترنت حيث يقومون بنشر الرسائل والصور وأشرطة الفيديو حول الحملة الانتخابية.

وقد وفّر هؤلاء المدوّنون معلومات غير خاضعة للرقابة لجهودهم على الإنترنت، عارضين تغطية لما وراء الأحداث في الانتخابات، بل حتى حالات إساءة استخدام الانتخابات من قبل السياسيين والحراس الأمنيين، حيث قاموا على سبيل المثال بكشف عميل أمني يساعد المواطنين على التصويت في المنطقة المخصصة لذلك، وهو أمر يحظره القانون.

ويهدف المدوّنون إلى توفير معلومات غير منحازة وكاملة لا يقدمها إعلام التيار الرئيس أو الأحزاب السياسية اللبنانية عادة.

وتعمل المدوّنات على خلق ثورة، وتوفر هذه المنابر في لبنان وعبر العالم العربي مساحة للشباب الذين لا ينتمون للطبقة السياسية، مع آلية للتعبير عن آرائهم حول مواضيع تؤثر عليهم، من حرية التعبير إلى حماية البيئة إضافة إلى مواضيع أخرى متنوعة.وتقوم المدوّنات بتحويل المواطنين غير الناشطين وإنما المهتمين إلى لاعبين نشطين يستطيعون التعبير عن أنفسهم، فيقومون في نهاية المطاف بتحويل المجتمعات التي يعيشون فيها.(كومن غراوند)

* ريتا شمالي: باحثة في مجال العلوم الاجتماعية والسياسية ومؤلفة كتاب “ربيع 2005 في لبنان، بين الأساطير والوقائع”، وفازت بجائزة سمير قصّار لحرية الصحافة عام 2007 ولها مدوّنة عنوانها:

ritachemaly.wordpress.com

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Sany Kumar, a young Indian held in Roumieh for illegal entry in Lebanon is in danger of death.

Having had a scooter accident, he was hospitalized two months ago, suffered multiple fractures (arm, leg and pelvis) and underwent several operations, including the installation of an external fixator at the pelvis level.

He is currently held in a very dirty, overcrowded cell, his bones would be getting infected, he cannot walk, and is losing completely mobility in his legs. For several days, he has not been eating, nor drinking, has been vomiting continuously and seems extremely dehydrated. He only seems to be receiving paracetamol for treatment purposes.

Sany Kumar must be immediately transferred to the hospital, otherwise, he risks at a minimum, permanently losing the use of his legs and, at worst, losing his life.

We urge the Lebanese authorities to make in the coming hours the decision to transfer Sany Kumar to a health care setting, and in case the medical director of the prison refuses, that he be immediately examined by an independent doctor. We also asked the Justice System to expedite its decision and to show clemency for humanitarian reasons, and the Embassy of India to take all necessary measures to repatriate him to his country.

Beirut, July 15, 2010

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DEARS,

as you may know, the Faith and Light Summer camp 2010, of Iklim el Metn el Sahili will be held from thurday 5 august to Sunday 8 of August 2010.

to prepare the camp some items need to be collected, mainly food, caps, (casquettes), Foulards, and some Dentifrice and Tooth Brush.

if you can help us collecting those we will be very grateful.

you may contact me, to tell me which item you would like to offer.

Remember that your visit is more than appreciate to Faith and Light Communities.

to know more about us, visit the page https://ritachemaly.wordpress.com/foi-et-lumiere-liban-faith-and-light-imane-wa-nour/

By clicking the link below you can have the List

FOOD ITEMS NEEDed FOR FAITH AND LIGHT SUMMER CAMP

FOR the donations:

CHOCOMAX Nutella
KAAK
Croissants
Riz (blanc)
Ch3ayrihey ( Cheveux d’or)
Laban
Berghol
Menthe/ nahnah
Meat for BBq Lahmeh Tariyeh lil chawi
Kafta for chawi
Taouk Chicken Breasts
Bhar/ Semak
TOUM for Taouk
Mozarella
Eggs
Thin/ Flour
Tuna/ thon
Pates (en coquillage pr salade de pates)
Mayonnaise
Ketchup
Corn/ Mais
Mushrooms/ Champignons
Mou3ajanets : Fatayer selek
Mou3ajanets : Rekrakat
Mou3ajanets : Lahmeh B3ajine
Mou3ajanets : Sambousek
Pop corn
Hot Dog
Bâtons Sales
Chips
Bzourat
Falafel
Glaces
Pepsi/ crush 7up
Fruits : Derrak
Fruits batikh
Fruits Melon
Fruits : Raisin
Fruits : Mechmouch
Vegetables : Menthe/ Na3na3
Vegetables : Onions/ Bassal
Vegetables : Malfouf
Vegetables : Khass/ chou
Vegetables : Khiar/ cucumbers
Vegetables : Ail/ Toum
Vegetables : Carottes/ Jazar
Vegetables : Karnabit/ Choufleur
Vegetables : Persil/ Bakdounes
Vegetables : Tomates/ Banadoura
Vegetables : Citron/ Hamod
Cake
Biscuits
Tiramissu
Meghli
Warak 3enab offered by Mme Sahih
Donuts offered by Dunken Donuts
Huile d’olive offered by Anonymous
Interactivity : Colgate / crest…
Interactivity : Tooth brushs
Interactivity : Casquettes/ caps
Interactivity : Foulards
Interactivity : Name tags
Interactivity : t Shirts

IF YOU CAN OFFER ANY OF THOSE ITEMS, WE WILL BE GRATEFUL!

if you know any person,
institution, compagny who can help us,
in any of those, plz plz do
not hesitate to contact me!

IF YOU CAN OFFER ANY OF THOSE ITEMS, WE WILL BE GRATEFUL!
and plz answer me before the end of next week! ( by thursday 22 of july 2010)
thx a lot!
ritachemaly@hotmail.com

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E-activists: from web surfers to web actors

by Rita Chemaly

13 July 2010

Beirut – Blogs are becoming increasingly popular in Lebanon as they cover the political and social landscape, expressing society’s demands. As a result, blogs and online groups have become a true political tool in the hands of civil society to promote causes online.

Many web actors, mainly bloggers, are working to mobilise internet users to action on issues affecting citizens. “Social justice”, “democracy” and “mobilisation” are key words in the vocabulary of Lebanese bloggers. And the environment, national heritage and human rights are key themes.

Through their blogs, posts or comments, these bloggers and “e-activists” hope to trigger change in Lebanon – toward a real democracy, based on reinforcing citizen participation in political decisions.

For instance, Lebanese e-activists have recently taken action against the construction of a parking lot under an old park in Beirut, which would result in chopping down the park’s aged trees because of their deep roots. They initiated the “Saving the Sanayeh Garden” campaign through an online petition and issued a call to citizens to protest through a “sit-in” in the garden.

Lebanese e-activists also mobilised groups in favour of preserving old buildings or sites that are important parts of Lebanon’s national heritage by creating lobbying groups and urging members of parliament to create a law to protect these places. In one instance, these e-activists convinced Lebanon’s Culture Minister Salim Warde to head a new initiative aimed at getting Parliament to draft a law which, if passed, would protect some of Lebanon’s oldest and most endangered buildings.

To promote human rights, Lebanese bloggers have organised an online campaign against arbitrary detentions and the improvement of detention centres. There have also been campaigns to establish the rights of Lebanese women married to foreign men, who currently cannot pass their nationality to their husbands and children.

These are just a few examples of concerned citizens taking action, having their say, being heard and mobilizing citizens – all through the power of the internet.

Using an online platform accessible to everyone, blogs provide politicians with the opportunity to read citizens’ reactions to some of their policy decisions. Passive receivers of policy in the past, citizens have become active users of new technologies to influence policy. French author Francis Pisani, who focuses on technology and communication, says “web surfers” have now become “web actors”.

Bloggers are only one part of a new trend towards a participative culture for citizens. In January 2010, 20 young Lebanese bloggers decided to come together and form a coalition. These internet users, including students, wanted to prove that they could change society for the better through activism. This belief led to the creation of the Lebanese Bloggers Organization (lebloggers.org) – with the aim of generating social change through an electronic revolution.

The Lebanese Bloggers Organization’s mission (as stated in their charter) is to contribute to the creation of communities which will trigger positive changes in Lebanese society. The bloggers in the organisation decided to use the 2010 municipal elections as a platform, following the elections and opening an online information portal where they posted messages, photos and videos about the campaign.

These bloggers provided uncensored information to their internet audiences, showing behind-the-scenes coverage of elections, and even election abuses committed by politicians and their security guards. For example, they revealed a security agent helping citizens vote in the voting area, which is prohibited by law.

Their objective is to provide non-biased, exhaustive information that is not usually presented by the mainstream media or by the country’s political parties.

Blogs are creating a revolution. In Lebanon and throughout the Arab world, these platforms provide a space for youth who do not belong to the political class with a mechanism to express their views on topics that affect them – from freedom of expression to protecting the environment, as well as various other topics. Blogs are transforming inactive but concerned citizens into active players who can express themselves, ultimately changing the societies in which they live.

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* Rita Chemaly is a social and political science researcher, and author of Spring 2005 in Lebanon: Between Myths and Realities. She won the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press in 2007 and blogs at ritachemaly.wordpress.com. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).

Ci dessus mon article qui a ete publie par Common ground sur l’activisme electronique.

ritaeb

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لمن يهمّه الامر جديد تاكسي خاص لذوي الإحتياجات الخاصّة ( للمعوّقين )

إذا كنت من ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة وليس لديك سهولة في التنقل وتريد تاكسي خاص نقدّم لك سيارة موديل 2000 مكيّفة ومجهزة خصّيصاً للمعوّقين مع سائق  بسعر مقبول

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dear friends!!

this year summer camp of Faith and Light Iklim el Metn el sahili will be held IN AJALTOUN, der les soeurs de la CHARITE du 6 au 8 aout 2010.

around 150 people will meet to live the greatest Human experience,for more info abt faith and light do not hesitate to check the tri-language page I prepared in this blog abt Faith And Light.

https://ritachemaly.wordpress.com/foi-et-lumiere-liban-faith-and-light-imane-wa-nour/

Now, we are searching among our friends, colleagues and Family for FOOD DONATIONS.

IF ANY ONE CAN HELP US, and donate food, we will be very glad!
we are searching for For:
12 KILOS OF MEAT (LAHMEH FOR MACHAWI) , 12 KILOS OF KAFTA, 15 KILOS OF CHICKEN (TAOUK), , chicken for Moghrabieh, Chocomax, 150 Croissants, 7 kilos of Rice,25 kilos of Laban, 150 piece of Mozarella, 300 egg for the 3ejjeh , Tuna, Mayonaise, Maiis, Champignons, Mou3ajanets, Chips, Friandises, Cake, Fruits and VEGETABLES ( tabouleh, Khiar, Me2teh,)
if you know any person,who can help us,
in any of those, plz plz do not hesitate to contact me! Each Kilo Offered is a Blessing!
thx a lot!!!
god bless u all!
ps: your presence at the camp, even your visit, will be greatly appreciated!!!
rita
this is my mail:
ritachemaly@hotmail.com

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