Archive for November, 2011

voila le message que j’ai recu de Miriam,

” Salut a tous!

Je vous ecris parce que comme d’habitude vous etes ceux à qui je pense en premier dès qu’il s’agit de faire qqchose pour ce pays..

Je travaille depuis le printemps dernier avec un groupe de jeunes, tous n’appartenant à aucun parti, dans une action qui se veut ‘citoyenne’ (dans une mentalité ni ONG ni partis..), qui tente de travailler sur le changement du régime, mais le changement de base, la politique de base, cad replacer dans le discours et l’activité politique les definitions de citoyen en lien avec un un etat,de droits,d’obligation, d’espace public, de demande de compte etc…

Nous avons determiné que pour nous le changement du régime peut etre declenché par 4 pilliers: l’education, les droits sociaux (pr liberer le citoyen du besoin du za3im), les droits individuels (pour accentuer sur l’existence du sujet-personne à cote de la communauté), et les institutions (indépendance des pouvoirs, loi électorale etc…)


Quand la dernière affaire des salaires a surgi dans le pays, nous n’avons pas pu rester à l’ecart


Nous travaillons depuis pour lancer qque chose, autour des droits sociaux en general axé sur la connaissance:

“Pourquoi les prix sont-ils tellement élevés au Liban? Pourquoi les impôts sont-ils prélevés a 80% des factures consommation? Pourquoi n’y a-t-il pas de sécurité sociale pour tous?! Pourquoi n’y a-t-il pas de transport en commun? Pourquoi doit-on attendre au moins 2 ans avant le 1er emploi après la fac? Pourquoi la femme enceinte risque-t-elle son emploi? Pourquoi plus de 80% des handicapés sont-ils sans emploi?”

et surtout sur l’action à entreprendre pour les obtenir, nous ne voulons pas seulement ‘nne2’

Nous lancons ce samedi 3 dec au theatre babel de hamra, la campagne ‘hakki 3aleyi’ ( c a moi de lutter pour obtenir mes droits)

La rencontre comprendra l’intervention de 3 experts: kamal hamdan (expert eco), nizar saghiyeh (avocat) et jad chaaban (prof d’eco a aub), ainsi que de jeunes concernes, et tentera de lancer une premiere serie d’actions, ainsi qu’un groupe de travail sur une plus longue periode

en attaché le poster de l’evenement

Je vous attend! et pour ceux qui ne sont pas au Liban de le dire à vos amis!”


en souhaitant bonne chance a cette initiative,

Je vous transmet aussi le poster… Ambitieux


le Poster ambitieux de Hakki 3layyi

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For all women, I am happy when I see interesting ads or pictures, ideas that come out of the box…

yesterday while “arguiling” and “fiesting” at a Lebanese restaurant, my friend and colleague Hayat brought to my attention some pictures in the Menu!

I prefer not to comment them:

here are 2 pages of the Menu:

You can even be seduced with a Taouk... without speaking of the warak arich pic... delicious with rice and tomatoes, and what am I saying just a photoshoped arich covering a photoshoped woman's body.. who are the designers of such a Menu??

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Cairo – After this year, the image of the Egyptian woman, especially when it comes to politics, will never be the same again.
Since 25 January there has been an overwhelming amount of media coverage of women’s participation in protests across Egypt, including mothers who felt it was safe to bring their newborns to protest sites, young female students painting the faces of family members and revolutionaries, and female doctors taking care of the wounded overnight in freezing temperatures. Though the country is still under military rule, in which human rights are not adequately respected and a lack of political pressure persists, women are continuing to push the envelope and are making sure that their voices can still be heard in the political sphere.
One woman, former television news anchor, radio host and current activist Bothaina Kamel, is breaking new ground by becoming the first woman in Egypt to run for president, an effort other Egyptian women should build on. By doing so, she is raising the bar and giving young female politicians the opportunity to dream big.
Egyptian women did not see themselves merely as “women” in the field during the revolution. We were treated simply as fellow revolutionaries, patriots, leaders, and citizens. We found it odd that the international community was surprised to see us leading, chanting, organising meetings and engaging in the political process, demanding “freedom, dignity and social justice”. During the revolution, thousands of Egyptian women came to be seen as role models for their communities as lawyers, advocates for human rights, doctors, teachers, experts, and now politicians.
Kamel’s public stand for democracy and civil rights exemplifies women’s role in post-25 January Egypt. A woman who is practising what she preaches, she is not a women’s rights activist only, she is a fellow revolutionary who was detained on 20 November by police forces while joining the crowds at Tahrir calling for freedom from military rule.
It would be silly to think that she has a chance of winning the elections, but this is not what she is striving to prove. Kamel is an important symbol of what is possible, allowing for future generations of young women to dream of holding the country’s highest political office.
Kamel, like all Egyptian women, are fully aware of the obstacles and challenges that come from a society that is not entirely accustomed to strong female politicians and expects a “strong male” president to lead this critical transition. Though Egypt has a legacy of resilient female advocates, businesswomen, and leaders, Kamel exemplifies a new wave of female politicians that can understand what the street needs and strive to balance those demands with the political system.
The next parliamentary elections in November will show what the “Egyptian street” truly believes, whether Egyptians can learn to trust a woman in a leadership position, and whether ordinary women will trust female politicians to voice their needs and visions.
Before 25 January, many women’s rights had been legally protected for ordinary women, including freedom of expression, the right to work, personal status laws, quotas and many others. Now that Egyptian women are facing the risk of losing these important rights, their level of responsibility is high and the importance of raising awareness is a necessity. If women do not believe and stand up for their rights, no organisation or structure will do that on their behalf. Rights are no longer granted, which is a lesson to be learned from this revolution.
From a personal perspective, I believe young women have to do more than just demand rights and seats in political parties; they have to go out and fight for them. Women, as citizens, have to articulate their thoughts and visions to the public as they did during those 18 days in January.
It is not about winning in the upcoming parliamentary elections, but about nurturing high calibre female politicians, both young and old. This generation has raised the bar and awakened the true citizen within each Egyptian, but changing the stereotypical images of women will still require resilience, unity, and long-term planning.  Kamel’s campaign exemplifies the beginning of this new path.
* Sally Zohney is a women’s rights advocate, story teller and member of SAWA Egypt. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).
Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 22 November 2011, http://www.commongroundnews.org

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While LGBT folks in the U.S. deal with religious institutions that encourage so-called reparative therapy, antigay advocates in Latin America are taking that quest to a much darker level. For the past decade, lesbians in Ecuador have been forced into what they call torture camps aimed at making them straight.

When Paola Ziritti was 24, her parents sent her to a “forced confinement” clinic in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where — unbeknownst to her parents — she experienced “battering, sexual abuse, deprivation of all kinds, and constant [ridicule],” according to Anne Vigna in the French magazine Tetu.

It took over a year for Ziritti’s mother to free her from the torture, and another six months of “real psychological treatment … to try to recover from his ‘cure against homosexuality,’” said Ziritti, who was the first woman to agree to file a complaint against these treatments. Her testimony was crucial in helping to close the clinic that tortured and humiliated her — and others like it, said Tatiana Velasquez, from the lesbian organization Taller de Comunicación Mujer. Activists got the government to close 27 of these “treatment centers” in August, but there are still 207 clinics of this type, said Velasquez. “For 10 years we have been aware of 30 cases of lesbians,” she said. Those are just the escapees, the un-reformed, so to speak.

In September two lesbians who escaped from two different clinics filed complaints. The international feminist organization CLADEM urged Ecuadorian officials to instigate “a serious investigation into these illegal and degrading practices and the closure of these centers.”

These clinics have also imprisoned gay, bisexual, transgender, and cross-dressing people, to a lesser extent than lesbians, “probably because they get to leave the family earlier than girls,” said Velasquez. “The girls have all told the same thing: They are threatened with rape or raped, handcuffed, starved and forced to dress like prostitutes.”

Now human rights activists and Ecuadorian officials seem to be paying closer attention to the issue.

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جائزة الصحافي المتقصي لعام ٢٠١١


آخر موعد لقبول جميع الطلبات هو ١/١٢/٢٠١١

كصحافيين، كلنا نعمل من أجل مجتمعنا وشعبنا.  باحثين عن الحقيقة والقصة الكاملة.  نبحث ونتقصى في أمور عديدة، كبيرة وصغيرة، لكي ننقل القصة بمهنية وموضوعية  ومسؤولية.

بهدف تسليط الضوء على الصحافة الإستقصائية وتقديرا للجهد الكبيرالذي يبذله الصحفيون في الأردن، سوريا، لبنان، فلسطين، والعراق فقد أطلقت مؤسسة ثومسون برنامج جائزة الصحافي المتقصي.

بالإضافة إلى استلام جائزة الصحافي المتقصي لعام ٢٠١١، فإن الفائز الأول من فئة الصحافة المكتوبة والصحافة المرئية والتصوير الصحفي سيوفد إلى بريطانيا لمدة أسبوع وذلك للتعرف على قطاع الإعلام هناك.  الجائزة الأولى في فئة الصحافة المرئية ستكون للصحافي والمصور.

تهدف مبادرة جائزة الصحافي المتقصي إلى إيجاد الصحافي الذي يبرهن عن قدرته على البحث و التقصي في قضية تكون ذات أهمية بالنسبة للمنطقة وشعوبها. للصحافي المشارك حرية إختيار موضوع التحقيق المقدم للمسابقة على أن يكون ذات صلة وأهمية للمنطقة وشعوبها وأن يكون باللغة العربية.

فالمسابقة مفتوحة لأي صحافي يعمل في الصحافة المكتوبة أو في الصحافة المرئية وكذلك التصوير الصحفي في أي من العراق، الأردن، سوريا، لبنان أو فلسطين.

ستقوم لجنة من الحكام بتقييم التحقيقات المقدمة من حيث التميز بالبحث المتعمق والشامل والأسلوب المبدع والمتمكن في الكتابة والعرض.

آخر موعد للمشاركة في المسابقة هو يوم ١/١٢/٢٠١١ 

كانت بداية هذه المبادرة الإعلامية في الأردن عام ٢٠٠٣. ومن بعد ذلك توسع البرنامج وتطور حتى اصبح اليوم يشمل الأردن، سوريا، لبنان، فلسطين والعراق. ويحتوي على ثلاث فئات: فئة للصحافة المكتوبة، فئة للصحافة المرئية، وفئة للتصوير الصحفي.

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Nostalgie, c’est de la nostalgie a l’état pur que je ressens quand je vois la publicité du film Rue Huvelin.


je me souviens d’un temps ou nous préparons des meetings, organisons des manifs, chantons haut et fort l’Hymne libanais,

un temps ou aller à l’université n’était pas seulement synonyme d’études, mais de leçon  de vie, et surtout de LIBERTE.

a tous les amis et amies qui se rappellent de ce temps, un grand salut…..

a l’université, a Huvelin, nous nous étions engagées )es,

aujourd’hui, dans la vie, nous menons de nouveaux combats pour réaliser nos ambitions….

a Jamil ( alias Jimmy), Pamela ( alias Pampinou tayyar), Hanna , Marwan, Fred, Samy, Jana, Christelle, cynthia (alias Korkmaziye), Sally, Myriam, Feu Rami , Joanna, Souha, Dodo, Nabil,  Christelle, Amine, Charbel, Dala, Charbel, Lily, Asma,  Diane, Nicole,  et j ‘arrete j’en oublie tant!

je vous souhaite à tous, et a toute encore plus de CRAN et de Courage !

N’oubliez pas le Printemps a eu lieu, à nous de le mener a bout… en été ou aux nouvelles élections?

Rita Chemaly (alias la photographe )



Rue Huvelin a film about the student movement in Lebanon


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Arabic Guide Salwa's fighting against sexual harassement

A group of young feminists from Nasawiya,  decided to combat sexual harassment in Lebanon.

Therefore they launched a campaign ” Salwa’s campaign” to combat and fight the physical and verbal abuse they are encountering at home, in the workplace, at the university, in the street….  With the Cartoon/ Mascot character ” Salwa is a girl using her Huge bag to fight the abuse she is dealing with.

The campaign made a huge step by publishing a Guide in English and Arabic language to fight Sexual harassment

The guide and the campaign are online at http://www.adventuresofsalwa.com/

the direct link to download the english guide is:


Good Luck Salwa …

Rita Chemaly

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