Archive for April, 2011

Immediate Recruitment

Capacity Building and Awareness Raising Officer

Full-time, 1-year, renewable post

CRTD.A has launched its regional Arab Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign for approximately a decade now.  Over the past few years, the Nationality Campaign in Lebanon has developed in scope and has gradually included new and exciting initiatives namely a legal unit which seeks to provide advice and support to Lebanese women married to non-national men.

CRTD.A is now seeking to recruit a “Capacity Building and Awareness Raising Officer” for the Nationality Campaign.

Key tasks and responsibilities

1. Planning and coordinating and delivering CB workshops and awareness raising seminars for various audiences

2. Coordinating and implementing community mobilization activities

3. Organising media seminars

4. Organizing briefing sessions and meetings with parliamentarians and other decision makers

5. Providing timely and high quality reports

6.  Undertaking other tasks as required

Key competencies

1. At least three years, work experience in the field of capacity building & public awareness raising

2. Successful track record in facilitation, training, coaching and mentoring

3. Excellent communication and facilitation skills

4. Familiarity with participatory adult learning methods

5. Excellent writing skills in Arabic and English or French

Deadline for application: 15 May 2011

Interested candidates should send a detailed CV + 3 references + letter of motivation to vacancy@crtda.org.lb

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

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Chers amis, et amies,

priere de voir attachee la presentation qui a illustre le dernier texte presente a Sc po, sur les intifidas arabes, et le role des Reseaux sociaux…..

Un grand merci encore une fois a ceux et celles, qui m’ont aide a trouver des pistes, des photos et info manquantes….:

Global Voices, Samer Karam, le super groupe du MENA Network d’Aswat…..

a vous la presentation en langue francaise…

Arab uprising illustration of presentation at the Political Science Institute by Rita Chemaly


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Le Rôle des Nouveaux Medias et Réseaux Sociaux par Rita Chemaly Institut des Sciences Politiques Amphiteatre Walid Ben Talal

Chers amis, et amies,

pour ceux qui n’ont pas pu venir a Sciences Po, la semaine derniere, pour la table ronde organisee autour des Intifadas arabes,

(TABLE RONDE, Mercredi 20 Avril 2011, Amphiteatre Walid Ben Talal, Institut des Sciences Politiques, a 3h30pm, avec comme intervenants et intervenantes : Professeur Mme Fahmieh Charafedine, M. Raghid el Solh, M. Ghassan Slaiby, Mlle Rita Chemaly)

je vous prie de voir en piece jointe, ma presentation succinte du role joue par les nouveaux moyens de communications dans les revoltes, et je dis bien Revoltes, et par Revolution!Table ronde ISP Intifadas arabes et NTIC par Rita Chemaly

Pour avoir la presentation Power point aussi, je vous prie de m’envoyer un ptit mail.

voici quelques photos prises par Michele ( Merci) ! Un grand merci a l’equipe de sc po, et aussi une grande pensee a toutes et tous ceux et celles qui m’ont envoye les nouvelles, et photos et elements qui me manquaient!


Rita Chemaly Les reseaux sociaux et les revoltes arabes




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I am posting an article from CGN, about Women in Saudi-Arabia….

are they key players? or the change is yet to come?

Jeddah – “Saudi Arabia is not yet ready for women to participate in the upcoming municipal elections on 23 April.” The election commissioner made this bold statement late last month, referring to women’s roles as both voters and candidates. Two years earlier, however, the first female deputy minister was appointed, and in 2005 officials from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs promised that women would be able to participate in the 2011 elections.

This type of “one step forward, two steps back” behaviour means that Saudi women are still being denied their full rights as citizens. There are important currents of change and signs of hope for improved women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, however, reform driven by economic necessity and legislative change is not enough. Saudi Arabia requires a shift in the way people think about women.

The announcement by the Saudi king two years ago that reforms – such as codifying and standardising laws, establishing family courts and giving female lawyers the right to represent female clients – would be implemented in the justice system is encouraging. With the current lack of transparency and public discussion, however, we don’t know who is implementing these reforms and what exactly is being reformed.

Several government-backed institutions, such as the Khadija bint Khowailid Center for Women at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, are providing valuable studies and recommendations that support and guide the reform process, especially in the area of women’s empowerment through training and job opportunities. Lobbying at the relevant government ministries, they are changing the regulations that restrict women’s employment opportunities. For example they have opened the door for women to work in retail stores and factories.

Yet remaining challenges include social objections to gender-mixing in the workplace, the types and levels of jobs women can occupy and the stipulation that a male guardian must grant permission for a woman to work.

What is it about Saudi Arabia that it insists on treating women as second-class citizens?

Claims that the restrictions imposed on women are Islamic, especially the power given to the male guardian over every aspect of their lives, are inaccurate. In the early days of Islam, women played a leading role in supporting the Prophet Muhammad, advising him and spreading his message. In fact, his wife Khadija managed her own business and was the first person to believe in his message. And many other well-respected women have had prominent roles in government, politics and society throughout Islamic history.

The problem lies with conservative traditions and narrow interpretations of religious texts with no margin for differences of opinion.

The point for many religious conservatives is to keep women out of the public domain. However, the idea that the mere presence of a woman is a threat and could lead men to sin is insulting and demeaning to women. Women are more than just their bodies. They are complete human beings that can mentally and intellectually compete with the best of men.

Women need to be not only in the work force, but in positions of decision-making.

With the current upheaval in the Arab world, as both men and women have taken to the streets demanding democracy, justice, equality and freedom of expression, it is ridiculous that we are still debating whether women should be permitted to drive, travel alone and make their own decisions.

For far too long, extremely narrow interpretations of Islamic law and traditions have hindered women’s advancement. A major overhaul in the Saudi education system – from elementary to university levels – is needed. At a very young age, a Saudi boy learns he is privileged simply for being born male. But a young girl is ingrained with the belief she is the lesser because she is female. A curriculum for girls that is similar to boys’ would provide them with the same skills and knowledge. A religious and Islamic history curriculum that highlights women’s roles and contributions, as well as their rights in accordance with Islam, would raise awareness and instil better attitudes and treatment of women.

A comprehensive awareness campaign on equal rights, based on sharia (Islamic principles of jurisprudence), is also crucial. Educating society about the rights of women concerning education, marriage, child custody, inheritance, ownership, business and other things is key to creating a society that can truly claim it adheres to Islamic principles.

Until Saudi Arabia implements this grassroots renaissance backed by a reform in education and judicial system, it will continue to live a dichotomy of modern facilities but mental stagnation.


* Maha Akeel is a Saudi journalist. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).

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La società civile in Libano si

mobilita per la parità di diritti

Oltre 30.000 manifestanti di tutte le età si sono riversati per le strade di Beirut, chiedendo con i loro slogan l’abolizione del sistema confessionale in vigore nel Paese

Di Rita Chemaly* – Middle East Online (06/04/2011) – Traduzione e testo di Silvia Randaccio

La società civile in Libano si mobilita per la parità di diritti (11/04/2011) Lo scorso 20 marzo, la vigilia della Festa della Mamma in Libano, una folla eterogenea si è unita in una protesta di dimensioni eccezionali contro il sistema confessionale. La manifestazione è stata l’ultima di una serie iniziata un mese prima, il 27 febbraio, quando tremila giovani hanno accolto l’impegno di manifestare, ogni domenica, per la secolarizzazione del Libano, secolarizzazione che offrirebbe garanzia di pari diritti a tutti i cittadini. Le richieste sono chiare: i dimostranti vogliono uno stato secolare, leggi paritarie per le donne, la fine dell’attuale sistema in cui ogni setta religiosa può applicare norme diverse in materia di divorzio o diritto di successione, e infine l’istituzione del matrimonio civile.

La società civile libanese ha colto l’ocasione della mobilitazione popolare della regione per promuovere la campagna di sensibilizzazione contro il sistema confessionale di divisione dei poteri tra i diversi gruppi religiosi. Nonostante la Premessa alla Costituzione libanese affermi che: “L’abolizione del confessionalismo politico è un obbiettivo di base del Paese”, in seguito al Patto Nazionale del 1943 – un accordo non scritto – la divisioni dei poteri è stata stabilita su base confessionale con l’assegnazione dei seggi parlamentari tramite criteri di appartenenza religiosa e con la spartizione delle maggiori cariche tra le confessioni principali: il Presidente è sempre un cristiano maronita, il Primo Ministro un sunnita e il Presidente del Parlamento è uno sciita. Con la presenza di diciotto comunità religiose riconosciute, le leggi sulla persona che regolano il matrimonio, il divorzio, le adozioni, l’affidamento dei figli e l’eredità sono gestite dalle corti religiose di ciascuna comunità. Drusi, sunniti e sciiti applicano differenti interpretazioni della shari’a, mentre i cristiani ortodossi e le altre comunità utilizzano diverse versioni della legge canonica. La maggioranza delle legislazioni in vigore tende a favorire gli uomini sulle donne e a mantenere i valori patriarcali.

Inoltre, il sistema di separazione delle corti non solo genera una diversa applicazione della legge tra uomo e donna, ma anche tra le donne libanesi stesse. Ad esempio, le corti sunnite e sciite permettono agli uomini relazioni poligame, mentre le corti druse e cristiane non lo consentono; il divorzio è proibito dalle leggi cristiane, mentre le altre confessioni lo ammettono. Coloro che scelgono il matrimonio civile fuori dal Libano devono superare un altro ostacolo: gran parte delle leggi confessionali sul diritto della persona proibiscono il matrimonio tra membri di comunità diverse, e l’unione civile non è riconosciuta in Libano. Di conseguenza le coppie miste che non credono nel matrimonio religioso o che non vogliono cambiare l’identità religiosa di uno dei due partner, sono costretti a spostarsi in un paese vicino, come Cipro o la Turchia. In conformità con l’Articolo 25 decreto 60/1936, il matrimonio della coppia è riconosciuto in Libano, ma è regolato dal codice civile del paese in cui è stato effettuato – un vero rompicapo giuridico per i giudici libanesi che sono costretti a conoscere la legislazione straniera per affrontare qualunque questione legale inerente.

I numerosi tentativi di istituire un codice civile pertinente allo status dell’individuo, seppure come alternativa opzionale, sono falliti a causa del sistema politico e sociale di divisione del potere. Tuttavia, la società civile ha deciso di agire: un’intensa campagna di sensibilizzazione è stata lanciata lo scorso marzo dal movimento KAFA (“basta”), rete di associazioni di donne e organismi diversi. Lo scopo della campagna è la piena attuazione dell’Articolo 16 della Convenzione delle Nazioni Unite sull’eliminazione di ogni forma di discriminazione nei confronti delle donne, che stipula l’uguaglianza tra uomini e donne nel matrimonio e lascia libertà decisionale ai singoli. Il movimento si batte affinché i cittadini libanesi siano soggetti tutti alla stessa legislazione, la quale garantisca equi diritti agli uomini e alle donne, uguali disposizioni in materia di matrimonio, eredità, divorzio, alimenti e custodia dei figli, oltre che accordi internazionali gender-sensitive. Un codice civile unificato metterebbe fine alle attuali disparità tra uomini e donne e tra donne libanesi di confessioni diverse, e sarebbe il primo passo nella realizzazione dell’obbiettivo costituzionale di abolizione del sistema confessionale.

redazione (@) arabismo.it

*Rita Chemaly è una ricercatrice di sociopolitica, autrice di Spring 2005 in Lebanon, Between Myths and Reality. È stata vincitrice del Premio Samir Kassir per la Libertà di Stampa nel 2007. Il suo blog è all’indirizzo www.ritachemaly.wordpress.com

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4 new job vacancy

Database Officer – Part Time

Greenpeace Mediterranean DEADLINE : 2011-04-30

LOCATION :  Beirut, Lebanon, WORKING AREA : Hamra

As a priority, s/he will assist the Fundraising Manager in developing and implementing systems and procedures to ensure that departmental and organisational goals are being met. In his/her role, s/he will work with the Fundraising Manager and other team members in Lebanon in developing and managing all aspects of Supporters Database including data segmentation, report running, and data maintenance.


Education Degree :Bachelor DegreeEducation

Area :Computer Science,

Work Experience :Not less than 2 years

Landline / Mobile:009611361255Fax:009611361254





New Media Campaigner

ORGANIZATION :Greenpeace Mediterranean

DEADLINE :2011-04-22

LOCATION :Beirut or Istanbul


Work with the New Media Unit Head to support New Media issues (maintaining and developing websites, social networks, new media advertising and developing outreach to new technologies eg. mobile devices) in Arabic speaking countries.

New Media

* Work on building Greenpeace Arabic web site (both for content and publishing) and marketing it.
* Responsible for web outreach, publishing and updating regular changes in the Arabic web site and Greenpeace social network accounts (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flicker and others). Guarantee frequent and engaging updates to enlarge our audience.
* Strategize New Media parts of campaigns and pushes; visualize, maintain and follow-up online activity to help grow the scope of Greenpeace. Work together with the New Media Unit Head to improve and strengthen the online outreach.
* Provide internet solutions that help to promote and win our campaigns: story telling, cyber actions, mass mailing, etc.
* Prepare and send call to action emails to our list. Test different subject lines, graphics, text and analyze effectiveness through statistical analysis.
* Find ways to grow mailing list, social networks followers and web site visitors.
* Work closely with the communications department to deliver the campaign messaging from a new media perspective.
* Analyze reports on web traffic and mailing performance in order to improve impact.
* Report weekly to the Regional New Media Unit Head regarding online and fundraising developments.

Skills and Qualities

* General; Experience working in a cross-cultural environment; ability to analyze markets and trends; ability to travel to other GP offices; being a self starter and a self learner.
* Internet; At least 2 years experience in online journalism and managing websites; knowledge of Arab culture and internet trends, good knowledge in online action strategies and Social Networks platforms; experience in mass mailing techniques; very good knowledge of HTML/CSS; basic knowledge of web design software (e.g. Photoshop); knowledge of web programming language (E.g. Php, Javascript, Ajax) and experience in web design is an advantage.
* Languages: Fluent English and Arabic
* Commitment to Greenpeace’s core values in response to environmental and peace issues through non-violent direct action-led campaigning in line with its mission.



Clerk, SC3

ORGANIZATION :     United Nations High Commission for Refugees

DEADLINE :   2011-04-10

WORKING AREA :    Beirut

JOB DESCRIPTION :Under the direct supervision of Registration Officer and overall supervision of Senior Protection Officer, the incumbent shall perform the following tasks:

1. Counsel individual refugees to manage their expectations on protection, assistance and durable solutions;

2. Identify vulnerable refugees at the reception and refer them to appropriate units for further action;

3. Prepare detailed records of counselling sessions and follow-up on individual cases;

4. Conduct registration interviews, maintain registration and counselling data-base and provide regular input on daily actions specified above;

5. Drafts routine correspondence based on instructions provided by the supervisor or based on background information available on office files; and

6. Act as interpreter and translator when needed.


Education Area :           Human Rights, Protection,Social work or any other related field,

Work Experience :        Not less than 2 years

Others :            General organizational and computer skills; Ability to work under pressure; Appreciation of a multi-cultural environment; Empathy and social engagement; Liaising with external contacts; Excellent Drafting skills.


Languages        Understanding Speaking          Writing


Arabic Mother tongue Mother tongue Mother tongue


English Excellent           Excellent           Excellent


French Regular             Regular             Regular



Period: 1 year; renewable.

Contract:          Service contract

Contact Person   (Send your CV to the following fax number or e-mail address)

Name:  Please send CV & Cover Letter to email address stating in the subject

Email:   lebbeprg@unhcr.org



ORGANIZATION :     Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement

DEADLINE :   2011-04-15


WORKING AREA :    Beyrouth (Chiyeh)


L’IECD (www.iecd.org) est une association de solidarité internationale créée en 1988, dont la mission est reconnue d’utilité publique. Sa mission est d’initier et de réaliser des projets de développement socioéconomique en partenariat avec des institutions locales. L’IECD intervient en particulier dans les domaines de la formation professionnelle et de l’appui aux petites entreprises.

L’IECD met en œuvre des projets au Proche Orient depuis 1994 et y a ouvert une délégation régionale à Beyrouth en 2007. Une équipe de plus de 30 personnes mène une quinzaine de projets dans la région.



1) Coordination des activités de contrôle de gestion en lien étroit avec le comptable, les coordinateurs et chefs de projets du Proche Orient :


– Travailler avec les chefs de projets sur le suivi financier de leurs projets

o Mettre en place et actualiser les outils permettant le pilotage optimal des projets.

– Etablir une procédure standardisée de suivi financier des projets

o Travailler sur un guide de procédure destiné aux coordinateurs et aux chefs de projet.

– Organiser des revues de projets régulières et systématiques

o S’assurer que les outils et les indicateurs sont correctement renseignés.

o Organiser des revues de projet avec le directeur des opérations et le directeur financier.

– Actualiser et mettre en place des outils de pilotage de l’activité de l’IECD au Proche Orient

o Mettre en place des indicateurs de gestion de l’activité en analysant les principaux risques et tendances de l’organisation.

– Veiller à la maîtrise des coûts et la structuration juridique et comptable de l’IECD au Proche-Orient

– Suivant profil, implication opérationnelle sur un ou plusieurs projets.


2) Implication sur un ou plusieurs projets.


IMPORTANT: priere de mentionner la reference ‘CDG Liban’ en sujet de votre mail de candidature.


Work Experience :        Not less than 5 years:

Related Links:

Others :            – Issu de l’enseignement supérieur, le candidat H/F dispose d’une formation en gestion, comptabilité, économie – Qualités – Prise d’initiatives et travail en autonomie – Bonnes capacités de communication et d’adaptation – Bonnes capacités de gestion et d’administration – Maîtrise d’Excel impérative – La maitrise de l’arabe est un plus. – Mobilité : déplacements à prévoir au Liban et en Syrie

Language Skills :

Languages        Understanding Speaking          Writing


Francais           Excellent           Excellent           Excellent


Anglais             Excellent           Excellent           Excellent





Period: 2 ans

Contract:          full time

Contact Person   (Send your CV to the following fax number or e-mail address)

Name:  IECD Contact

Position:           RH

Email:   contact@iecd-po.org

URL:    http://www.iecd.org

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