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Dear Readers, Kindly find below the latest issue of the Gender and Development e-Brief (No 105) published by CRTDA ( yes the NGO i luv:-) )

 Please note that the Development e-Brief is posted on line on the following URLM: http://crtda.org.lb/webfm_send/407

 Best regards, CRTD.A /

 IRIS Gender and Development e -Brief /

Issue 105 February 2011 (A Special Issue dedicated to women in the Arab Revolutions) NEWS & ARTICLES ــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ WOMEN IN ARAB REVOLUTIONS Activists Condemn Brutal Attack on Woman Reporter in Tahrir Square – Egypt Activists ask: “Where are the women?” in the Egyptian Revolution Women of the Egyptian Revolution Calling upon Feminist Sisters all Over the World to Show Solidarity with Egyptian Women! Women of Egypt: Photos and video Photo Gallery of Women in Demonstrations in Egypt Petition: New Constitution Should Guarantee Women’s Rights No Women on Egyptian Constitutional Committee Women Play Equal Role In Tunisian Revolution Women Play Important Role in Tunisian Revolution Global Fund for Women: Solidarity with Women/People of Egypt Women of the Egyptian Revolution – Photo Gallery WOMEN”S RIGHTS ACTIVISM Shirin Ebadi & Rights Groups Demand Moratorium on Executions Bahrain & Gulf – Women’s Stronger Global Voices & Rights – Women Rally for Stronger Voices VIOLATED GENDER RIGHTS Afghani Government’s Takeover of Women’s Shelters Adds Insult to Injury Maldives: Females cannot perform marriage ceremonies under Islam, declares Fiqh Academy Returnees Attacked on Way to Southern Sudan Iraq – Many Widows – Polygamy Issues Considered – Divisive GENDER RIGHTS Palestine/Israel: Queer activists Challenge The “Pinkwashing” of the Israeli Occupation Model Muslim Marriage Contract in the UK Questioning effectiveness of National Action Plan to combat VAW in Turkey Saudi Arabia – Away from Cities, Women Drive Syria Stiffens Punishment for Honour Killings UN WOMEN UN Women Celebrates Its Launch UN Women Director Advocates for Women at World Economic Forum BOOKS & REPORTS ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ GENDER RIGHTS Israel – Compensation to Victims of Trafficking – Report World Bank – Gender Equality as Smart Economics National Strategic Plan to Combat Violence Against Women in Palestine ILO Office for Arab States – Equality & Non-Discrimination ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ 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, http://www.aviva.org, AWID: http://www.awid.org, Democracy Digest: http://www.freedomhouse.org, Development Gateway: http://www.developmentgatway.org, Dignity: http://www.dignity.org, e-Civicus: http://www.civicus.org, Eldis: http://www.eldis.org, ESCWA: http://www.escwa.org.lb, GDB: http://www.developmentex.com, Global Knowledge Partnership: http://www.globalknowledge.org, IGTN: http://www.IGTN.org, ILO: http://www.ilo.org One World: http://www.oneworld.net, Siyanda: http://www.siyanda.org, The Daily Star: http://www.dailystar.com.lb, The Drum Beat: http://www.comminit.com, The Soul Beat: http://www.comminit.com, The World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org, UNDP: http://www.undp.org, Wicejilist: http://www.wicej.addr.com, WLP: http://www.learningpartnership.org; WIDE: http://www.wide-network.org; IRIN News: http://www.irinnews.org, Women’s UN Report Network: http://www.wunrn.com, Women Living Under Muslim Laws: http://www.wluml.org ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ Gender And Development E-Brief is published by CRTD.A. To get all previous GAD e-brief issues please log on to: http://www.iris-lebanon.org/arabic/inner/ebrief.htm For more information about CRTD.A please visit: http://www.crtda.org.lb You are receiving this newsletter because you are a member of CRTD.A / IRIS. Please direct any comments to rchemaly@crtda.org.lb

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Chers, et cheres amis,

Dans le cadre du Festival Libanais du Livre, qui a lieu a Antelias, le mardi 8 Mars a 6h30, avec une presentation de S.E. ( jconnais pas les titres qu’il faut mettre) Georges Corm, Dr Fadia Kiwan, directrice de l’Institut des Sciences politiques de Beyrouth, professeure, et militante pour les droits de la femme, sera Honoree.

L’invitation est ouverte a tous et a toutes!

ps: Mme kiwan est ma professeur, et a dirige deux memoires pour moi!! j’y serais eza allah rad ( a la libanaise)

Rita

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La campagne de la Nationalite des Femmes Libanaises, invite tous les interesses a voir un nouveau  Film de la campagne. qui montre les problemes vecus par les femmes libanaises, meres et epouses de personnnes etrangeres ( a nationalite etrangere.)

le Film sera publie qui est  une sorte de reportage de 1h de temps, au theatre Babel le 8 Mars 2011 a 6h du soir. il est en langue arabe, traduit en langue anglaise!!

n’hesitez pas a venir nombreux!! vous comprendrez les problemes auxquels font face le enfants de mere libanaise, et les epoux…

Rita!

“كلنا للوطن!”

صرخة نساء لبنانيات وأسرهن يطالبن بالاعتراف… بمواطنيتهن الكاملة!

بمناسبة اليوم العالمي للنساء

تتشرف حملة “جنسيتي حق لي ولأسرتي” بالتعاون مع السفارتين الهولندية والألمانية في لبنان، بدعوتكم/ن لحضور حفل إطلاق فيلم

“كلنا للوطن” إخراج كارول منصور

وذلك يوم الثلاثاء الموافق فيه 8 آذار/مارس 2011

المكان: مسرح بابل – الحمرا

الزمان: الثلاثاء، 8 آذار/مارس الساعة 6 مساءً

برنامج الحفل:

– كلمات الافتتاح:

كلمة السفيرة الألمانية إلى لبنان – السيدة بريجيتا ماريا سيفكير

كلمة السفير الهولندي إلى لبنان – السيد هير إلتجي غيريت دو بوير

كلمة حملة جنسيتي حق لي ولأسرتي – السيدة لينا أبو حبيب

كلمة المخرجة – كارول منصور

– عرض الفيلم

advertising of the film screening on Nationality

– جلسة نقاش عام

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Panne d’essence au Liban

File de Voitures attendant d'avoir de l'essence

Le matin, 8h15 am, pour aller au travail, je suis bloquée dans une file d’attente de voiture monstre a cote de la station Mallah près de chez moi sur l’autoroute.

un policier municipal essaye quand même avec quelques personnes de la station de permettre aux voitures de garder un semblant d’ordre.

Je lui dis, y-a-t-il un accident? il me regarde, et me dit : Fi azmet Benzine!

en continuant mon chemin, je passe a cote d’une autre station d’essence à Zalka, et aussi, j’observe une file de voiture longue longue ( a vous de voir les longues photos que j’ai prises!)

deux stations de la compagnie Total, étaient fermées, par une bande rouge et blanche, épuisement du stock.

AUTOROUTE DE ZALKA files de voiture obstruant la route

les autres stations ne donnaient aux citoyens que quelques litres pour 20 000LL seulement !

j’ai enfin pu atteindre la station United de Dora, et la , le monsieur me dit, vous devez attendre un peu, la file des voitures bloquait l’autoroute, mais nous avons du 95Octanes, et nous pouvons vous donner autant d’essence que vous ne le voulez!

et voila, grâce a Dieu j’ai eu la présence d’esprit d’appeler mon boulot, pour les prévenir de mon retard, et toutes les jeunes filles m’ont dit avoir observe le même phénomène, et avoir attendu comme moi, pour pouvoir Avoir de l’essence!!

Le problème, les importateurs de pétrole au Liban ont refuse de livrer l’or noir, parce que  le ministre Gebrane  Bassil a refusé de publier, pour la troisième fois, la grille des prix de pétrole qui prend en compte la montée et la flambée des cours mondiaux de pétrole.

En effet,  le ministre essaye de garder les prix bas, par les moyens qu’ils possèdent, il avait demande a la direction des Douanes libanaises de baisser le prix des taxes de 3300LL , demande qui a paru fausse et ne faisant pas cas du ministère des Finances, dont relève les douanes libanaises. La minsitre fait comme son homologue la meme chose, et peut -etre mieux: Dans ce bras de fer entre politiques, la ministre des Finances appartenant a une autre coalition politique,Raya  EL Hassan a présente une demande similaire demandant d’abaisser les taxes de 5000 LL ( elle est plus généreuse que Gebrane Bassil)… la réponse de la Cour des Comptes et du Président, sur sa décision d’abaisser de 5000LL les taxes sur le pétrole, pour permettre aux Libanais de souffler et vivre, ou celle de Bassil de 3300LL, sont toujours attendues. Dans cet Attentisme, c’est le Citoyen et la Citoyenne Libanais qui arrivent en retard au Boulot, qui perdent du temps sur les routes, apprennent a mieux négocier la quantité d’essence a remplir, et Attendons encore!! Attendons toujours!

Rita !!

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La Libye, est en feu…

Une societe tribale ou les “assabiyas” au sens khaldounien jouent un role important dans la construction des coalitions inter-populaires, avec et en dehors du regime.

Kadhafi a brandi hier, dans son discours la menace de la guerre civile, une guerre inter-tribu, qui risque a  ses dires de mener au chaos.

Tout comme avec Mubarak, et les histoires de ceux qui veulent rester au pouvoir en disant aux puissances occidentales et alentour, “si je m’en vais, le chaos et l’islamisme integriste prendrons la releve”,

Kadhafi a essaye de brandir les memes menaces.

Pire, il a dit “je brûlerais tout”… parle t-il du peuple? prépare t-il un génocide?   ou interdira t il l’exploitation  des mannes pétrolières et des réserves de Gaz que en principe doit posséder le peuple libyen? menace t il de Tout brûler?

oui, les occidentaux ont peur, notamment l’Europe et l’Italie pour les exportations de la Libye en pétrole.

mais Kadhafi est une personne qui a perdu tout sens commun: tirer a balles réelles sur les manifestants, tirer par des avions de guerres sur une foule pacifique, parler de “Rats” au lieu de prier pour le salut des âmes de ses courageux qui protestent jours et nuits pour leur pain de ce jour et pour une vie humble dans un pays, ou les réserves pétrolières ne servent pas toutes les tribus, mais seules quelques unes liées au clan du “chef de la révolution”.

Les images qui nous parviennent de Libye sont choquantes! j’avais peur pour mes amies et amis en Égypte quand j’avais vu les Baltajis leur tomber dessous avec des épées , la pour la Libye j’ai encore plus peur pour tout un peuple d’Afrique qui risque d’être décimé par la folie d’un homme.

Je ne peux que Saluer le  courage des manifestants et manifestantes, le courage des responsables libyens qui ont rallié le camp du Peuple, des chefs tribaux qui ont compris qu’être les allies de certains “très forts” n’est pas constitutif d’une société juste et égalitaire,  et celui de tout ceux et celles qui malgré les menaces, continuent à revendiquer leur Droit de Vivre Libres!

Rita!

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A great news I have received this morning, is that Ali is free.

Ali has blogged about Bahreini’s issues. And he was arrested and tortured, and imprisoned.

The good thing in this story that the minister of foreign affairs in Bahrein Khalida khalifa , is a user of Twitter, and social devices.

He reads the posts, and is connected to the social networks, I hope that he helped in freeing Ali, and will continue to help the freedom of speech in Bahrain.

During the workshop held in Morocco, organised by ASWAT , the bloggers ( MENA network) took Ali’s case as their case and tried to see how they can organise and advocacy campaign to free him.

Many e-activists as Nasser, Hisham, and others, had many ideas:

Nasser in Budapest at the google conference, distributed widely  the sticker ” free Ali”

Hisham took pictures of all the participants with a banner Free Ali…. I have one too!

the e-activists created a blog, on WordPress to cover Ali’s story, and a group on Facebook to keep in touch with all those who joined the campaign.

twitter and other devices were also used!

Arab People are voicing out their needs, No one can stop them from expressing their social , religious, economical, and political frustration.

With their Actions, protests, campaign, sit in, blogging and else, they are being able to tell their regimes and governments what they Want and the way they want to do it!!!

Good job guys and Girls!

Good job connected people, and people on this planet!!

Rita!!!

Ali Abdulemam Bahreini Blogger

For more information, again on Ali’s story do not hesitate to visit the blog and the facebook group  Free Bahraini Blogger Ali Abdulemam!

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The People (We the People) are playing the most important role in the Arab World.

In Lebanon in 2005, peaceful collective actions by a huge mass of mobilized citizen were able to make a cabinet Leave, and the Syrian army leave, and the independence of Lebanon Be. The story of the Lebanese spring was made in 2005 by the people, the young, the university youth, and the help of a coalition of political forces.

In Tunis a boy that had a university degree was able by his nonetheless violent action (burn himself) to mobilize his fellows against an unbearable social situation. Judges, doctors, women and men, without sexual differences, or gender and class differences demanded that the dictator leave.

In Egypt few of what I call” e-activists” were able to organize marches, and protests, in a closed system,  that usually close roads, follow activists in metro-stations, and intimidate all kind of opposition, by a well formed police against all kind of Human rights of speech and group.

Those few e-activists were able to mobilize millions of people in Egypt and in the World for their cause against the Regime of Mubarak, they were able by their tenacity and will to down the pharaoh, even against the will of first  “class” nations, that were lobbying for a smooth transition, forgetting that people’s lives were cut in an un-smooth manner!

In Yemen, People are trying to remove a dictator from its place, a well kept place since years and decades.

In Bahrein, bloggers and activists are being arrested, and tortured and intimidated with allegations on them being terrorists,

People have been killed while they were protesting in a beautiful square, the pearl square in a peaceful way;

In Libya the story is the same, massive protests are being organized, the voices are loud and clear, No to a Bloody regim, No to Dictatorship”…

But as in Tunis, in Bahrein, in Egypt, unarmed demonstrators are being massacred. This time not only, with horses and “baltajy” but with planes. The dictator is using the pilots of the Nation, to crush the multiplication of the non violent democratic movements that are occupying multiple streets in many cities by the people of the Nation.  Unarmed demonstrators are tortured, killed, firebombed, molested, and the synonyms are many, and the bloody actions of the dictator’s are many… but the People will decide What they want, the Way they want.

People of all Nations, decades of tyranny, brutality, despotism, nepotism, are over, When you the People declares a Game Over.

We did it once in Lebanon, but our system, the political system needs a change, a complete make over, and we will voice out our frustration,  against a political forces that are playing with our well-being, we will say like you Game Over with the bad social Situation we are all living.

rita!

©  Rita Chemaly. www.ritachemaly.wordpress.com

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