Archive for July, 2011

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 Kindly find below the latest issue of the Gender and Development e-Brief (No 110)

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Gender and Development e -Brief / Issue 110

July 2011





Rights, citizenship, and Equality’s march took to the streets of Beirut

Sit-in against “fundamentalism and violence” in the center of Tunis

Petition to Algerian Government: Stop renewed attacks on women

Challenging decision to conduct virginity tests on girls inside Military prisons in Egypt


A Call to Action from Indigenous and Women of Color Feminists in Palestine


Roj Women lobbying on behalf of Kurdish women living in Turkey

Women of the Revolution

Violence against Women

Islamic Jurisprudence- Human Rights Norms



In Sudan

Post-Split, Will North Sudan’s Women Be Left Behind?

In Lebanon

Hotchpotch of religious laws in Lebanon restricts basic rights

In Yemen

Women & Children Face Multiple Crises in Yemen

In Iran

Britain says Iran’s government has recently arrested several female

UK condemns arrest of Iranian female activists

In Palestine

Palestinian Women cope with siege in Jordan Valley



In Lebanon

Lebanese parliamentarian Committees study draft laws to help women in workplace 

In Tunisia

New Electoral Law Prescribes Gender Parity in Upcoming Constituent Assembly Elections in Tunisia




Gender & Land Rights in Asia – Indigenous Women

Social Security for Social Justice

Women, Food Security & Peacebuilding 

Will an Arab Spring Bloom in Palestine?


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Ce matin, la commission nationale de la femme, a fait un nouveau pas en avant, en présentant au parlement libanais, 

3 projets de lois pour assurerl’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes;

un projet de loi amendant les dispositions 28 et 29 du code du travail (avec une augmentation du congé maternité de 7 semaines a 10 semaines)

Un projet de loi amendant la disposition 15 de la loi No 5883; (assurant a l’employee des institutions publiques un congé de maternité de 10 semaines)

Un projet de loi amendant l’article 14, paragraphe” j ” de la loi sur la sécurité sociale pour donner aux femmes et hommes accès a des droits égaux.

Ces 3 projets de loi font partie de la campagne nationale menées pour éradiquer les dispositions discriminatoires a impact économique sur les femmes,

ils ont ete presente via deux députes présidents de commissions au parlement libanais.

Dans l’espoir qu’ils soient vite étudies et avalisés par le reste des membres du Parlement,

Pour avoir plus d’information sur la campagne menée, n’hésitez pas a lire les anciens billets postes a ce sujet:





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JOB PROFILE Oxfam GB is seeking qualified candidates from women and men who are active in promoting gender equality and willing to make a difference in the lives of women and men. WE are looking for energetic, dedicated, and proactive Arabic speakers candidates. If you feel you are that person, please join us. JOB TITLE: Programme Officer – Women Access to Justice in MENA region One year fixed term contract, renewable for additional 2 years. DIVISION / DEPARTMENT / LOCATION: Inter/ MEEECIS/ Lebanon JOB FAMILY: Programme SALARY: 1,700 US per month (gross salary – in addition to allowance as per Lebanon labour laws – and Oxfam additional benefit of gratuity) – National post LEVEL: D1 OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering JOB PURPOSE: To work with the Oxfam team in Lebanon, Regional team in Oxford, Regional Gender Coordinator, partners of Women Access to Justice in MENA region Programme (Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt), regional women’s networks and organizations, donor of the programme, other relevant stakeholders. REPORTING LINES: Post holder reports to: Country Director – Lebanon Coordination: Closely with Oxfam gender team (Programme and Finance), in Lebanon officer and well as with partners and relevant stakeholders. BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY: Over all management of the programme budget. Budget monitoring and adjustment as needed. DIMENSIONS: ● High level of engagement with partner organizations staff at different levels in the region, in particular from Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan ● Engagement with women beneficiaries, ● High level of networking with external actors including media and key stakeholders engaged in women’s access to legal rights ● High level of team work ● High level of organizations and coordination with a wide range of stakeholders KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Programme partnership and partners’ support ● Establish strong relationship with the partners of the regional programme on: Women’s Access to Justice in MENA region ● Prepare partners’ contracts, and amendments when deemed necessary ● Provide technical assistance and support as deemed necessary in particular in areas related to monitoring to partners, using different training techniques, ● Support partners’ required reports, ensure accuracy and detailed data, and timely delivery of activities by partners ● Timely responses to partners’ queries Programme monitoring, learning and evaluation ● Manage and support base line data of the programme with partners, to monitor change, and validate against the programme logical framework, ● Conduct at least 2 trips to the partners annually and submit monitoring reports, ● Conduct as needed emergency trips to partners ● Prepare donors’ reports and prepare the schedule of the donor’s review ● Ensure that data related to the programme is uploaded in Oxfam Project Accountability and Learning (OPAL) system ● Hold Learning reviews according to the programme plans with the partners, ● Capture learning and document the work of successful stories, to ensure that the programme inputs are producing positive results in the lives of women Programme management: ● Regular monitoring of the programme budget, and request of budget realignment as deemed necessary ● Review and ensure that the programme implementation is guided and in compliance with the donor’s contract ● Update programme data in Oxfam system, ● Prepare monthly and quarterly reports on programme progress and assist in the preparation of debriefing to line manager ● Develop, accurate and updated filing system for the programme and for each partner ● Develop TORs for the consultants of the Mid Term Review and Final evaluations Implementation ● Lead on the implementation of Oxfam activities, as specified in the programme document ● Prepare the annual plan for activity implementation ● Prepare Terms of Reference for various consultants, recruit competent consultants, and follow up their plans ● Develop summary policy brief of the researches to be prepared to advocate for women�s access to justice in the region Collaboration and Coordination ● Coordinate and lead Oxfam managed activities related to the programme, and facilitate networking among partners ● Initiate understanding of the dynamics of power and key players in promoting women’s access to justice and legal rights ● Link up women’s groups and organizations through e-mails and update progress on women’s access to justice ● Coordinate closely with Oxfam team from other programmes to learn from the experiences on promoting gender equality in the region ● Coordinate with Oxfam Lebanon gender team on relevant initiatives related to gender equality ● In Collaboration with the Media Officer in Oxford upgrade the profile of the programme by reflecting stories and lessons learnt, regionally and globally ● Arrange for all national and regional initiatives/conferences/workshops ● Coordinate and collaborate closely with the finance team in Beirut on budget related issues ● Collaborate with the Campaign, and policy team in Oxford in relevant issues to improve programme quality ● Assist on other task as requested by the Line Manager and as deemed necessary for programme development ● Participate in all relevant events on women’s legal rights and represent Oxfam GB SKILLS AND COMPETENCE: Essential: ● University or Master degree in social or political sciences or related discipline, including law and gender and development ● At least five years of experiences with national, INGOs in programme management and implementation, including budget monitoring, planning, and monitoring and evaluation ● Excellent oral and written communication and writing skills in English and Arabic ● Arabic language is a must. ● Knowledge of gender and gender equality and relevance to poverty and vulnerability ● Knowledge and skills in computer usage including power point and social media Preferable ● Understanding of women’s legal rights in the region, in particular family laws ● Understanding of the regional context, including the political context and implications on women ● Knowledge of legal concepts related to family laws, including the international conventions such as CEDAW ● Demonstrated capacity of social and communication skills and ability to work with others and as part of the team ● Willingness and fitness to travel for sustained periods of time ● Ability to work under stress and in a team. OTHER: Committed to Oxfam principles and willing to learn and grow in the organization. Date of issue: July 2011 Deadline is 15th August 2011 CV and letter of interest to be send to Roula Abi Saad rabisaad@oxfam.org.uk

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You remember my article about my “sirlankiye is philippino“?

or Children crying when the maid is travelling, and waving with big smiles when supposed to be ” mums” do???

you remember the action taken because many of the domestic workers in Lebanon are abused??

They work 24 h a day, they DONT have a day off, If they do they are allowed for half a day at the house of the pple they work for,

the OWNERS!!

they are usually LOCKED in the houses, yes “walaw rita, they can run off with our jewlery and money!?” ” Bi ayaa deneh 3aysheh!?” ( in what country are you living?

Dears, the domestic workers issue is not ONLY a Lebanese one, it is also reiterate in DUBAI, S.Arabia, Syria, …..

The poor girls or guys, usually those are girls coming from poor countries like Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sirlanka, Philippine,

they are not used to the big houses Lebanese have, or the 2 or 3 houses each owner has, and one poor girl has to clean, I forgot they also need to do the grocery, prepare the lunch and clean after the owners eat, drink, or have a fiesta and late dinner. Walking the dog and waiting for the children coming back from school, and No RYEHAA is needed, walaw the owner treats “her” well” they pay her a salary of 150$ to 300# a month!!! rita!!! walaw! we need her!

It is THEIR DUTY not TO SLEEP before the owners ( my dog can sleep before me) not the Domestic worker I own ( TAB3ITEH, BETJANINE, NDIFEH, MRATTABEH…. Men khalliss el sahra w hiyeh bet dobb)

Usually they also eat the leftovers, ( rita, this is normal!! walaw?!)

they Have to Know how to make the tabbouleh, fattouch, clean the house, clean the dishes and the floor as their owner want…..

they have to come from those poor countries and know already everything!! walaw ma bi rouho 3a madrasseh??

sometimes they also work at the owner’s sister and brother place…..

I haven’t finished….

Some people accept to have a domestic worker and they treat them well, I know, Not all people do not know how to treat a human being, but, what we are witnessing is a Horror. and this Horror is a Horror… oups am I repeating my self?? euno it s not only a discrimination, w equality w bla bla bla it is a horror… again 🙂 or should I cry? 😦

The LAW of Labor in Lebanon DOESN’T cover those poor little and old domestic workers.

It is CLEARLY Stipulated that the law of labor and work in Lebanon doesn’t cover them….

There is NOT one Single rule or circular that PROTECT THEM from the hormones and nerves of their owners ( excuse my language and my subjectivity)

I read this article published in the daily star…. I wont comment on it….

It is good to have a clear vision and contract ACCEPTED by both parties ( D.W and Owners) Translated in the language of the D.W too!!!

It is important to train the D.W on their duties before passing the nerves on them ( YIII Shou ma btefham shi… walaw shou mahabbleh);

It is important for any family middle class or not, to Understand that not all people Know and understand arabic or the ” englished-lebanesed with french”…..

again…. I ll keep you reading the article of the daily star….



The making of maids: Lebanon’s first specialized training center opens

taken from the daily star Lebanon: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2011/Jul-13/The-making-of-maids-Lebanons-first-specialized-training-center-opens.ashx#ixzz1S4ujkjeI

Many of Lebanon’s domestic workers, who flock to the country in their tens of thousands each year to clean and look after households, arrive unprepared for the task at hand and unaware of their rights.

This has left countless workers open to abuse and exploitation – a problem civil society groups and governmental agencies have sought to eradicate for years, without much success.

However, while much-needed legal enforcement seems a long way off, a practical solution has now emerged, promising to address some of the abuses by bridging the gap between agency employer and employee.

Lebanon’s first maid training center, The House Keeper Training Academy, opened its doors this week, and will be the only independent provider of training to incoming workers, who arrive from places as distant as Nepal and Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Most people have some kind of problem with their maid but there is one simple solution to this and that is knowledge,” said center founder and director, Rachid Beydoun.

“We will train them how to clean all the different rooms in the house and how to deal with different types of materials, products and electronic devices they find in the home.”

The Beirut-based center has been kitted out like a proper home where workers will be presented tasks like cleaning wine stains off difficult surfaces. They will also learn safety tips, such as what medicines to keep out of the reach of children and how to act appropriately with visitors, which has proved a point of contention in the past.

“These girls do not come from the same environment as us. They often have not used electronic equipment – such as hoovers – which can prove problematic for them,” said Beydoun, who hopes both agencies and employers will approach his service for help.

With just a four-day basic training, priced at $180, or an additional three-day course, starting from $90 for those looking to study more advanced aspects, including table service and food preparation, Beydoun expects to yield impressive results, stemming the return of workers to their agencies and easing worker transition into a new job.

Crucially, Ray Group – the organization behind the center – will also inform migrants of their legal rights, which permit them one day of rest each week and restrict working hours to 10 hours a day, while following up all course attendees for three months to ensure they are doing well in their new post.

“This is very much a [two-way street],” said Beydoun.

“We show them their rights so that they can be more responsible.”

Preparation, however, can only alleviate part of the mistreatment and racism experienced by the 200,000 domestic migrant workers thought to be residing in Lebanon. A recent study conducted by the Lebanese Center for Human Rights estimates that 70 percent of incoming workers are deceived about the nature of their work, while according to Human Rights Watch, the overwhelming majority receives virtually no access to justice, the potent mix of which, on average, causes one maid to die by committing suicide or trying to flee from their employer each week.

While civil society groups contacted by The Daily Star seem enthusiastic about the House Keeper Training Academy in principle, they refused to hand out judgment on the scheme until the first group of recruits finishes training.

But for his part at least, Beydoun seems prepared, vowing to report any unregistered recruitment agencies, said to account for as much as 50 percent of the Lebanese market and blamed for the worst of the ill-treatment.

His center will also work to alleviate the language barrier, seen as a source of abuse, and will provide translators, in addition to booklets made by civil society group Caritas, which act as a multilingual household manual for domestic helpers.

Additionally, the team hired to train incoming workers will also consist of former domestic helpers who not only speak the same language as, but have also encountered the same challenges as the new recruits.

“I’m very excited to help the new girls and to teach them about all the different things they will have to do,” said Tala, an Ethiopian maid working in Lebanon for four years who will administer the training.

“I was lucky to have a madam who taught me everything but I can show new girls how to avoid any problems and to deal with any situation,” Tala, who declined to give her surname, said.



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من اجل حق النساء اللبنانيات بمنح جنسيتهن لأسرهن

تكريساً لحق النساء اللبنانيات بالمواطنة الكاملة

رفضاً لإقصاء النساء اللبنانيات ولتهميشهن

من اجل دولة المواطنة والحقوق الإجتماعية

وتحقيقاً للمساواة في القانون

تدعو حملة “جنسيتي حق لي ولأسرتي” النساء المعنيات وأسرهن

 والناشطات والناشطين في المجتمع المدني للمشاركة في مسيرة

الحقوق، المواطنة والمساواة”، التي سيتخللها تسليم مقترح المشروع”

لتعديل قانون الجنسية للحكومة الجديدة


تاريخ المسيرة: الأربعاء الواقع في 27 تموز/يوليو2011

الساعة السادسة مساءً

الانطلاق من حديقة الصنائع مقابل وزارة الداخلية وصولاً إلى ساحة رياض الصلح

Join the Rally for women to be able to transmit their nationality to their children and husbands…. Join the rally July 27 July 2011 at 5h30 pm in front of the ministry of interior.

For more info about the issue and its legal and social consequences….do not hesitate to read the previous blogs, in english or french.


لمزيد من المعلومات و للاستيضاح، نرجو الاتصال على الأرقام التالية: 423659/01- 611079/01- 616751/01

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L’article 14 de la loi sur la sécurité sociale au Liban, No 13955 du 26 septembre 1963, explique qui peut être enregistre à la sécurité sociale.

L’article 14 expliqueque  celui ou celle qui se sont enregistres à  la sécurité sociale peuvent aussi en faire bénéficier leur famille.

En effet, l’article 14 permet selon l’alinéa “a” de ladite loi, aux enfants qui sont enregistres dans la sécurité sociale, et dont les parents ont plus de 60 ans, ou qui ne peuvent plus travailler à cause d’une maladie physique ou mentale, de les prendre en charge et de les inscrire a leur nom a la sécurité sociale.

Pour vous la loi de la sécurité sociale au Liban en texte intégral, et je souligne en jaune le du dit article.

( référence la page 15 du document annexer en hyperlien.)

قوانين الضمان الاجتماعيloi de la securite sociale au Liban

La semaine dernière et après moult recherches, un gentil M. Hatum de la sécurité sociale a répondu au téléphone, il m’a demande de venir prendre les papiers a remplir de la sécurité sociale. J’etais allee et un autre vieux monsieur tres gentil m’a recue, et m’a donnee les formulaires, ( dernier etage de l’immeuble si je me souviens bien, il etait 12h).

les bureaux de la sécurité sociale ouvrent de 7h30 a midi. (12h) ( ils existent a Badaro dans la rue centrale, un immeuble blanc avec ascenseur, et a Dora une petite bifurcation a droite avant le pont, un immeuble des années 60-70)

pour les enfants qui veulent inscrire les parents a leur nom a la sécurité sociale, et selon les derniers papiers que j’ai pu avoir, il vous faut:

  • Du Mokhtar ( maire) une attestation du lieu de vie. ( Ifadet sakan)
  • Une attestation de travail:  ( Ifadet amal ) à  remplir le formulaire donne par la caisse nationale de la sécurité sociale au Liban, ( je vous le met en annexe ( attention ce formulaire est celui qu’on m’a donne a la secu sociale de Badaro en juillet 2011). cliquer sur le hyper lien : caisse nationale de la securite sociale attestation de travail
  • un papier pour montrer que les autres frères et soeurs ne sont pas responsables des parents. ( a faire signer par le Maire/Mokhtar) a  remplir le formulaire donne par la sécurité sociale au Liban, ( je vous le met en annexe ( attention ce formulaire est celui qu’on m’a donne a la secu sociale de badaro en juillet 2011).clicker sur le hyper lien : securite sociale attestation de prise en charge individuelle
  • Une demande d’investigation pour prendre en charge les parents; a  remplir le formulaire donne par la sécurité sociale au Liban, ( je vous le met en annexe ( attention ce formulaire est celui qu’on m’a donne a la secu sociale de badaro en juillet 2011).clicker sur le hyper lien :securite sociale investigation pour la prise en charge des parents
  • un extrait d’Etat civil familial du mokhtar qui assure du nombre de frères et soeurs. ( qui n’a pas plus de 3 mois).
  • les pièces d’identités des deux parents et de l’enfant qui veut les prendre en charge et leur copie  ( extrait d’etat civil personnel/individuel, et ou carte d’identité des membres de la famille moléculaire ( enfants et parents);

A savoir aussi: Actuellement la caisse nationale de la sécurité sociale au Liban, ne donne plus de cartons pour les enregistres a la caisse, mais une simple attestation a prendre en personne des bureaux de la sécurité sociale. N’oubliez pas de vous munir de votre carte d’identité et de votre numéro a la secu, sinon la recherche risque de prendre du temps…..

Pour plus d’informations sur la securite sociale et les médicaments couverts par la caisse nationale de la sécurité sociale au Liban: n’hésitez pas a lire mon article de la semaine dernière sur le sujet . j’y avais mis la liste des médicaments aussi. https://ritachemaly.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/la-securite-sociale-et-les-medicaments-quelle-couvre-au-liban/

Rita !  

Une citoyenne qui espère aider ceux qui veulent prendre en charge leurs parents, en mettant en ligne les derniers formulaires.

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in a Cabinet without women,with a policy statement vague about women’s rights,

And just to remind the responsible of the country that the civil society has worked and is active and watching the step and action of ALL the responsible, (Ministers, and MPs)….

Those are the pictures I took during the last protest organised in Beirut calling for the adoption of the law protecting women against family violence. for more information about the protest in itself, do not hesitate to re-read the post I  published to describe the scene….

for now …. here is the link to the album , with the 119 pictures I took that day….http://www.flickr.com/photos/chemaly_rita/sets/72157626716226229/…..

Keep watching….

Rita Chemaly

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Chers et cheres,

pour tous ceux et celles qui ont des memoires/ theses a presenter, et a soutenir a l’oral….

voila un document qu’une amie m’a envoye.

il resume et decrit comment ont lieu les soutenances de memoires.

Bon courage a tous et a toutes les etudiants/es!

rita une ex-etudiante!!

Chemaly Rita soutenance des memoires en sciences sociales


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