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Something Phenomenal in Women’s Sexual Freedom

by Nadine Moawad

When the topic of “taboos” surfaces in our region, what immediately comes to mind are all issues related to sexu- ality. Then the question becomes, “whose responsibility is it to address such taboos?” My answer: all of us, yours and mine together. I have been working on sexual rights in the Middle East and North Africa for the past four years. Most people are not aware of it, but there is a large and growing movement for sexual rights happening beneath the surface of all other movements, including the feminist movement. One promi- nent actor in this field is the Coalition of Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, which was founded in 2001. As member organizations of this coalition, we organize an annual event “One Day, One Struggle” to highlight diverse aspects of sexuality across our countries. Feminist activists often tell me, “You know, we don’t know any lesbians, we don’t know any people who have been raped, we don’t know women who want abortions; they are not part of our circle.” Truth is, they are very much part of our circle. The big question, especially for the well-established feminists in the Arab region, is will Arab feminism embrace sexual rights or not? Unless it does, it will never find those masses of women who are sexually oppressed. They will never come to talk to a movement that doesn’t want to work with them. A bigger question is will we, as an Arab feminist move- ment, embrace sexuality as an integral part of women’s rights in an intelligent way or will we continue to embrace it only from a convenient angle? We often hear the same excuses, “now is not the time,” or “we will lose other more basic gains if we push for sexual rights.” Other excuses we also hear are, “these are not really feminist issues” or “nobody will work with us, they will think we are promot- ing promiscuity and lewdness.” These excuses come at the expense of millions of women – yes millions – who are suffering from marginalization, silencing, exclusion, self-degradation, and alienation from our movement. And a movement that does not include all women and all of their issues is no movement at all. It is an elitist club and its achievements will be lacking. Let us start with examining what sexual rights are. For me, the very simple short definition of sexual rights is SOmeThing phenOmenal in WOmen’S Sexual freedOm that every human being, especially women, has the right to have a wonderful sex life, healthy and great sex, and the freedom that eliminates all taboos related to sexuality from people’s minds. That is the essence of what we mean when we talk about sexual rights: people’s right to have great sex whenever they want to. Of course, that definition makes people very uncomfortable, because it feels like something that doesn’t belong in a “respectable” move- ment like our women’s movement. But let me explain what I mean. When we talk about the right to freedom from sexual violence, rape, harassment and incest-all important issues that the women’s movement addresses- then we are talking about people’s right to have better sex. If you’re harassed, if you’re raped, if you’re scared of sex, if in your mind it’s something dirty and disgusting and terrible and you’re worried about it all the time, you’re not going to have a good sex life. You’re going to have a bad sex life. We also talk about the right of people to choose their sexual partner. This is extremely important. If you can choose who you want to have sex with, you’re going to have better sex. If it’s not limited by someone from your religion, from your country, from the opposite sex, and from someone that your parents agreed to, odds are that you’re going to have better sex. If you can choose to identify with the gender that you want, like if I don’t feel like a woman and I want to change my body or I want to identify like a man, that means I’m going to have better sex that is more expressive of who I am. If I have access to birth control, to contraception, to a healthy sexual education in school, and if I can learn about sex from a qualified teacher instead of from pornography, I will have a better sex life. Girls and boys from our entire region are learning about sex through pornographic websites, which are the most visited websites across countries, according to web statistics. Sexual rights are about our human right to have great sex lives. When my friends hear this, they always ask me: why is it so important for people to have great sex? In comparison to food, shelter, security, peace, democracy, and all of these more important moralistic issues, they say sexual rights are not that important. You cannot convince me, they say, that the right to a good sex life is more important than these more “basic” human rights. Lately, I have decided that my friends are actually right: sexual rights are not as important. I can live without great sex but I can’t live without food. I will die without food, I will die when there is war, and I will die without shelter. Maybe I won’t die from not having great sex all the time. I agree to that. But if sexual rights are not so important, then why is it such a huge – the hugest in fact – taboo of an issue? Why won’t those in power give us our sexual rights? Why are we not even allowed to talk about it? It doesn’t make any sense! If I want to buy a table and I say “I want this table and I want this chair with it” and some- one says to me “this chair is not important, we’ll talk about it later. This table is more important right now.” Then I say “so give me the chair if it’s so unimportant!” If the right to great sex is not that big of a deal, then why do you think they are so hooked on us not even talking about it? Ask yourselves that question. The only possible answer is that there must be something huge, something phenomenal in women’s sexual freedom that those in power hold on to it so strongly. There must be something extremely liberating in it that they fight to keep it oppressed with blood, lives, invasions and wars. There must be something huge in our bodies that they feel they need to control. That is why they need to wrap it in morality claims, like honor, virtue, goodness and righteousness. No, my friends, we do not measure the significance of human rights by how much we need them to survive. We measure them by how strongly those in power oppose them. Judging by how strongly our societies, religions and states oppress sexual rights, there must be something incredibly powerful about them. We must then be even more stubborn in demanding them. If we rid sexual rights from the taboos that engulf them, we will find that there really isn’t anything horrific in demanding sexual rights for our women. What is the big deal? What is the big deal about me being a lesbian? This, I have never understood. What is the big deal about women having sex outside of marriage? Really, what’s going to collapse? That’s the question you need to ask yourselves rather than asking whether it’s “the right time to talk about these issues.” I have come to understand sexuality gradually as I talked to more women concerned with it. We each try to understand it in our own way. Today’s generation, I promise you, is formulating different ways of understanding sexuality all over the Arab world. They might not be talking to you or to your organizations, but they’re out there and they’re talking amongst each other. There’s one big word that I have come to understand as key and that is the word I want to leave you with today. It is a word that we need to insert into our feminist discourse in the region: heteronormativity, the idea that the heterosexual is normal. That’s the problem and the complexity that we need to insert into our discourse when we talk about occupation, capitalism, sexism, fundamentalism, and all these issues. What’s missing in our region is dialogue about heteronormativity, how if you look a certain way, you are a woman, if you look another way, you are not. If you’re not a heternormative couple comprised of an older man with a younger woman, of the same religion with two children, and so forth, then you are not normal. Heteronormativity, as an underlying under- standing of gender stereotypes that we are raised with, is extremely powerful because it feeds all the other evils. And that is why those in power hold on to it so strongly, thus suppressing sexual rights. They need heteronormativity to fuel their patriarchy. Think of advertising without heteronormativity. Who are they going to market Ariel, Persil and Fairy (detergents and soap companies) to? Who will they market to if there isn’t a strong man who needs ties and sports gear, or little children who need blue or pink outfits? How are we going to manage our family household economies without heter- onormativity? How will religion propagate so fundamen- tally without the heteronormative family and the institution of marriage? How will they scare human beings from each other? How will they keep women in their pre-scripted role as wife, mother, housewife, and daughter? How will they hold on to wars, nations, states and all of these structures that they have built? The truth is that big huge structures are going to fall. People are always afraid that society will dissolve if people have their sexual freedom. If gays and lesbians start walking the streets, society will collapse. It is true; let us not apologize for it. Concepts and systems are going to collapse. Morals, values and systems that we hold on to so dearly, and systems that we have lived in for hundreds of years are going to fly out of the window. And I say: Good Riddance. Let them crumble. Let virginity fly out of the window. Let things like purity and chastity and heteronor- mativity and gender stereotyping and obedience and what it means to be a woman, what it means to be a man, and what it means to be in love, let that all crumble and disap- pear. Good riddance. Not everything is going to change. It’s not like we are going to suddenly start killing each other. But we will, and it is a fact, start looking at honor differently, at faith differently, at God differently, at love, at family, at companionship, at friendship, at our countries, at all of these issues, we will start looking at them differently. And I think it’s time we stopped being afraid to embrace the great fall of all of this oppression. Nadine Moawad is a feminist activist based in Beirut, Lebanon with a background in Philosophy. She is one of the founders of Nasawiya, a feminist collective and Meem, a queer / trans community. She also recently started Take Back the Tech Arabia with the objective of bringing feminist perspectives into the usage, understanding, and programming of technology. She blogs about feminist and political developments in Lebanon on nadinemoawad.com.

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The Middle East &North Africa
“Gender and Development E-Brief”
Issue #116
January 2012

NEWS & ARTICLES

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GENDER ACTIVISM

Call for Signatures for Greater Political Representation of Women in Libya

Advocacy for Right to Nationality – Women, Husbands, Children in Jordan

Egyptian Women: Performing in the Margin, Revolting in the Centre

Activists demand equal citizenship rights for women

Hundreds of Lebanese men and women march against rape

New Arab Woman Forum takes on Arab Spring

ZOOMING ON ARAB SPRING
Arab Spring, Islamist Summer…Feminist Fall?

Zooming on Arab Spring Consequences
Will the Arab Spring Backfire on Women?
Women’s voices must be heard during times of transitions and reform

GENDER & HUMAN RIGHTS
Prime Minister May Support Abortion for Rape, Incest In Morocco
Why Women are at the Heart of Egypt’s Political Trials and Tribulations
Saudi women to run, vote without male approval
Universities are the first test for Tunisian secularism
Having a Conversation on Other Terms: Gender and the Politics of Representation the New Moroccan Government

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Campaign Against Draft Law on Male Heritage Nationality on Lebanon

Beirut bar cancels event inviting guests to dress as domestic workers

Conflict, Pain & Loss, Mother’s Tears in Iraq

Gender-Based Violence – Call for Justice – Study in Southern Sudan

Revolution hasn’t made Egypt safer for women

RESOURCES

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BOOKS AND REPORTS

2011 UN Millennium Development Goals Report – Gender

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National Office Receptionist- World Vision Lebanon

MAJOR TASKS:
– Receive people and provide them with first assistance.
– Greet visitors in a professional and courteous manner and notify the relevant employee
– Ensure that the reception area, conference room, external entrance are kept neat and tidy, so as to maintain a good image of the organization.
– Handle and transfer all incoming calls, insuring that calls are answered effectively.
– Handle the process of distributing incoming and outgoing mail / courier (DHL, Libanpost, etc.)
– Coordinate the conference rooms schedule
– Responsible for registering, typing, sending, distributing copies and filing all outgoing mail, faxes as needed
– Help in typing reports, circulars, etc. as assigned.
– Update World Vision staff directory, calendar of events, and staff trainings schedule on a regular basis.
– Prepare photocopies and send faxes when required
– Liaise with the taxi company to request taxi pick-up for staff and visitors when required
– Maintain the storage of the kitchen and hygiene supplies monitoring the quality/ quantity, and make new orders when required.
– Receive invoices related to World Vision Lebanon operations and administration and charging expenses to relevant departments such as taxi invoices, courier invoices, stationary invoices, etc.
– Maintain the storage of the stationery and place orders as the need arises from different departments monitoring the quality/ quantity.
– Enter and update the library books, magazine, DVD, video and tape records.
– Maintain records of books, magazines, DVDs, videos and tapes received, stored and returned and file catalogue cards according to used system.

EDUCATION / SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:
Education Diploma in a field related to administration and secretarial support services.

Knowledge and Skills:
– Excellent written English, with good command of spoken Arabic and English.
– Good interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.
– Good organizational skills; ability to manage and prioritize tasks.
– Computer literate with a high degree of proficiency and productivity.

Experience:
At least two years experience in a similar related job

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Regular Full Time

Deadline: Friday, Feb 3 – 2012

— Qualified candidates are requested to send their CV to the following fax number or e-mail address: Fax number: 00 961 4 401982 e-mail address: cv@worldvision.org.lb

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The 2012 TechWomen Application is Now

Open!

The TechWomen initiative will identify approximately 42 women who are emerging leaders in technology sectors for a five-week program, including project-based mentorships at leading companies in California, workshops, networking events, a conference, and meetings in Washington, D.C.

Participants will be women engaged or rising in professional careers that require significant expertise/knowledge of technology and/or innovative application of these skills, and who already are – or show promise of being – role models for others in their countries, particularly for women. “Technology” should be interpreted broadly to include – but not be limited to – the fields of science, education, and business.

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must:

  • Be a woman with a minimum of two years full-time professional experience in technology sectors and/or a career requiring significant expertise/knowledge of technology and/or innovative application of these skills
  • Have, at minimum, a university degree
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity
  • Be citizens or permanent residents of Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia or Yemen at the time of application, and while participating in the program
  • Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States, or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years
  • Be able to obtain a U.S. visa
  • Not hold U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Have demonstrated themselves as emerging leaders in technology
  • Have an advanced degree, especially in a technical field
  • Have limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Have a record of voluntary or public service in their communities

Deadline For Submission: February 15, 2012

The deadline for submitting TechWomen applications is 23:59 Cairo time, February 15, 2012. Finalists will be contacted via email for in-country interviews in March, April and May 2012. All applicants will be notified of the results of their applications; final decisions will be made in June 2012.

If you have questions about the program, or the application process, please contact us at techwomen@iie.org or Tel: +1-415-362-6520 (Ext. 257) Fax: +1-415-392-4667.

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2012 MEPI Student Leaders Program – Deadline February 13, 2012

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program is a fully-funded, six-week intensive leadership training program in the United States for undergraduate students between the ages of 18-24.

Participants will attend one of six U.S. colleges and universities and will develop leadership and collective problem-solving skills while exploring U.S. history and culture in order to expand their leadership skills and promote democratic principles in their home countries.

The program will last from June 26 to August 7, 2012 and will consist of two components.  The first component is a five-week academic residency that includes comparative analysis of leadership styles, conflict resolution and group dynamics, the role of civil society in the democratic process, and change management.  The second component is a one-week educational study tour designed to complement and reinforce the concepts explored in the academic residency.

Students will also participate in an alumni conference held in the Middle East or North Africa in early 2013.  The costs of the program and the alumni conference, including travel expenses for the alumni selected to participate, will be fully covered.

Eligibility Requirements

Ideal candidates:

  • Are age 18-24 as of June 1, 2012;
  • Demonstrate English language ability;
  • Are committed to returning to Lebanon following completion of the program;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential;
  • Indicate serious interest in learning about the United State;
  • Have a sustained level of academic achievement;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement;
  • Have no prior travel experience to the United States, and limited or no study or travel experience outside Lebanon;
  • Are willing and able to participate fully in the program;
  • Are comfortable with campus life, sharing living accommodations while traveling with a multinational group, and adjusting to cultural and social practices different from Lebanon; and
  • Comfortable with spending a portion of Ramadan in the U.S.

Participant must be a Lebanese citizen or long-term Palestinian resident, living in Lebanon, and attending school in Lebanon.

Applications:

Click here to download the Word document application form (278 Kb) or the PDF application form (176 Kb).

Applications are due to the U.S. Embassy by February 13, 2012 – late submissions will not be considered

Applications can be hand-delivered to the U.S. Embassy in Awkar or submitted electronically to BeirutPD@state.gov

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BEIRUT: A bar in the neighborhood of Gemmayzeh has canceled an event, originally scheduled for this Friday, which invited guests to dress up as migrant domestic workers for the chance to win $100.

Event details encouraged bar-goers to, “this Friday night, be Sinkara or Milenga … be Soumatra or Domma … create your own maid costume, speak like them and look like a Philippino [sic], Bengladish [sic], Sri Lanka [sic] or any maid you want and definitely win 100 U.S. dollars in cash.”

The details of the event were originally posted late Tuesday evening on the bar’s Facebook group. A Lebanese organization, the Anti-Racism Movement, then reposted the event on its blog, which soon drew much online criticism. The owner of the bar then removed all details of the event.

Speaking to The Daily Star Wednesday, the owner denied that the event was in any way racist. “You just put on a costume, it was supposed to be for fun. Some people misunderstood it and thought it was racist.”

On the emphasis on foreign nationalities in the posting, she said “We hadn’t meant it in that way at all. You didn’t have to dress as a foreigner, you could have just put on an apron and dressed as your mom.”

“We took the event down after two hours, as we realized people had misinterpreted it.”

Farah Salka, of the Anti-Racism Movement, called it one of the most shocking recent examples of racism that she has seen.

“I see examples of it all the time, but with this, I was just like ‘wow.’”

While happy that the event was removed so quickly, Salka said she was disappointed the owner had not apologized for posting it in the first place.

“I would love to buy her explanation that it was not intentionally racist, but how can it not be? When you are categorizing the 250,000 migrant domestic workers in this country as ‘them:’ Who is ‘them’?”

The event details also equated the $100 award for the best costume with the salary maids receive, writing: “They … work all the month to get it,” but that bar-goers could claim the same amount back by “imitat[ing] them and win it in some few comedy moments.” Salka said this was “completely insensitive.”

It is time, Salka added, for a redefining of the word “racist” in Lebanon. “We need to revise the definition. Even the smallest details can be racist,” she said.
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Jan-26/161107-beirut-bar-cancels-event-inviting-guests-to-dress-as-domestic-workers.ashx#ixzz1kdgAuCwZ

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a great memo by the nationality campaign team has been released;

Saudi arabian women now can now transmit their nationality to their own children, Lebanse women are still not able and FORBIDDEN to transmit their nationality to their family children and husbands….D I S C R I M I N  A T I O N….

in the cedar land is “natural”???? !!!!

bayan by the nationality campaign in Lebanon

 

 

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أين نجح القضاء في صيانة وتكريس الحقوق الاساسية والحريات العامة في 2011 ؟ هذا ما سوف تسلّط عليه الضوء المفكرة القانونية في ندوتها التي سوف تعقدها غداً الخميس الموافق فيه 26 كانون الثاني 2012 الساعة السادسة مساءً
وفي هذا السياق، يسر المفكرة ان تنشر تعليقا على حكم صدر حديثا في 2012 بتكريس حريتي المعتقد والتعبير.


http://legal-agenda.com/article.php?id=64&folder=articles&lang=ar

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علقوه من يديه ورجليه وتناوبوا على اغتصابه أشهرا

source: http://sidonianews.net/main.php?load=view&s=2&nid=27642


 


جريدة صيدونيانيوز.نت


أخبار لبنان / صيدونيانيوز.نت / علقوه من يديه ورجليه وتناوبوا على اغتصابه أشهرا

الجمهورية /جريمة فظيعة لا بدّ أن تهزّ مَن في قلبه شيء من رحمة وإنسانيّة، ولا بدّ أن يتحرّك المسؤولون فوراً لحماية الضحيّة من انتقام المجرمين والمتواطئين الذين ما زالوا غير بعيدين عنه، بعد نشر هذا التحقيق.شابٌّ رمت به ظروفه إلى سجن رومية ليتحوّل فريسة سهلة للمجرمين الذين يتناوبون ليليّاً على اغتصابه بعد تكبيل يديه بـ»كلبشات»، ويجبرونه على تعاطي المخدّرات حتى انهار ورفض الخروج من غرفته ومواجهة أهله.مرلين وهبةفراس .ص. شابٌّ في ربيع العمر متعلّم وعازب، غلبه الفقر فامتدّت يداه لسَرقة متواضعة من أحد متاجر البقالة لسَدّ جوعه، فضُبط بسبب عدم احترافه المهنة ولنَقص الخبرة. حُكم عليه بالتوقيف مدّة 9 أشهر باعتبار فعلته جنحة، فسِيق الى سجن الاحداث في رومية وتحديداً إلى النظارة “أ” منذ حوالى تسعة أشهر ليدخل الى آتون قاتل ،”وكأنّني في دنيا الآخرة أو في جهنّم”، على حدّ تعبيره. قضى هذا الشاب رحلته السوداء في سجن الأحداث معلّقاً بين السماء والأرض، تناوب على اغتصابه السجناء بقوّة وقسوة وبلا رحمة… صرّخ… بكى… استغاث… ولكنّ السامع أطرش بالرغم من انّه حامي الدار وحارس الأمن! ينهار فراس ويتحوّل مُرغماً وبالقوّة الى الإدمان على المخدّرات في السجن… عند منتصف الليل، عندما كبّلوه بأربع “كلبشات” وعلّقوه من يديه ورجليه بحديد جدار السجن ليتناوبوا على اغتصابه جماعيّاً ومداورة لغاية الساعة السادسة صباحا، كان صراخه يمزّق أقبية سجن رومية العتيقة الفاسقة الفاسدة، ونحيبه يجرح سكون الليل وظلامه وقساوته، فيردّ عليه صوت أجشّ وأظلم وكأنّه آتٍ من قعر القبور، ليقول له بلا مبالاة: “وطّي صوتك”!!! الشاب لم يصدّق أذنيه، بل صدّق عينيه عندما بحلقهما وتطلّع جيّداً بمصدر الصوت فأيقن أنّ الجواب القاسي الذي تلقّاه لم يكن سوى صوت سجّانه الدركي حامي السجناء وحامي الأمن في عقر داره. السجين الشاب تعرّض لاعتداءات جنسيّة تحت تأثير الحبوب المخدّرة، والسكاكين والقطّاعات، لأنّ نزلاء “أوتيل” النظارة المساجين المدعومين الممتلئين يقومون بتخويفه والتهويل عليه بالعبارات المرعبة وبممارسة الضغط المعنوي عليه لجهله وصغر سنِّه وباعتباره نزيلاً للمرّة الأولى في سجن رومية. وقد شكّل صغرُ سنِّه مَكمناً لدخوله ظلمة هذا التهويل، غيرَ عالم بأنظمة السجون وبحقوقه كسجين، الأمر الذي استغلّه بعض نزلاء النظارة ليُروه في دهاليزها نجوم الظهر. يروي فراس يوميّاته فيقول: “لحظة دخولي الى النظارة، كانت تعاني من اكتظاظ مريع وزيادة هائلة في عدد السجناء. مكثتُ على الأرض بجانب السجين عادل م. الذي حاول التحرّش بي في ليلتي الأولى. وفي وسط الليل ناديت شاويش الغرفة إيلي. ن. ومساعديه فلم يكترثوا للأمر ولم يهتمّوا، وأسكتوني وأعادوني إلى فراشي”. تجدر الإشارة الى أنّ قانون “دويلة سجن رومية” يقضي بأن يحرس سجين محكوم لمدّة طويلة النظارة بعد أن يُمنح امتيازات كلّما طالت مدّة إقامته أو إنْ كان مدعوما بثقل سياسي أو مادّي يمكّنه من شراء السجناء والأشاوس وبعض عناصر الأمن المرتشين الذين يقعون في فخّ الابتزاز بعد رضوخهم لأوّل رشوة، ليحاول من بعدها السجين ابتزازهم أيضا بإفشاء تعاونهم المسبق إن لم يتعاونوا مُجدّداً”. ويُكمل الشاب: “في اليوم التالي أعلمت مساعد الشاويش السجين محمد أ. فلم يكترث، وتكرّرت العملية أكثر من مرّة من دون أن يصدّقني أحد. وبعد حوالى شهرين دخل السجين ابراهيم ح. النظارة التي أقبع فيها، وبعد حوالى ليلتين من وصوله اقترب منّي وطلب أن أدخل الى غرفته بحجّة أنّه يحتاجني، وكانت الساعة حوالى الرابعة فجراً. ولحظة دخولي هدّدني بالقتل بواسطة سكّين وضعها على عنقي، وطلب منّي مداعبة أعضائه الحسّاسة (…). بعدها غادرت الى فراشي وأنا مذهول وفي حالة سيّئة، وصباحاً هدّدني السجين ابراهيم ح. بالقتل والسجن مدّة خمس سنوات في حال أعلمت أحداً بالأمر”. وتكرّر الموضوع مع السجين ابراهيم ح. الذي كان في كلّ مرّة يهدّد الشاب المسكين بالسكاكين، ويجبره على مداعبة “أعضائه الحسّاسة بواسطة الفم” ويغتصبه، ثمّ يهدّده باتّهامه بدعاوى قد تؤدّي به الى السجن لمدّة تفوق خمس سنوات إذا اعترف لأحد أو حتى لأقربائه… إنـهيـار الشـاب وتحـوّلُهالـى الإدمـان وأجبر السجين ابراهيم ح. الشاب على تناول حبوب مخدّرة، وأرغمه على ابتلاعها مع الماء. وعندما كان يتمنّع في بادىء الأمر كان يضعها له في الشاي ويجبره على شربه بواسطة التهديد وبمعدّل حبتين أو أكثر. وكان عندما يتناولها يصبح في حالة غياب عن الوعي والإدراك، غير عالم بما يدور حوله، فيغتصبونه الى درجة أنّه لا يتمكّن من تمييز الأشخاص الذين يتناوبون عليه لشدّة آلامه وهذيانه وتأثّره بالحبوب المخدّرة. الاستعباد والتملّك تولّى السجناء محمد ج. ووسام س. وعلي س. على حراسة غرفة السجين ابراهيم ح. أثناء اغتصابه الشاب. وكانت العملية تتمّ غالباً بعد الواحدة فجراً حين ينام معظم السجناء، وفي إحدى المرّات أعطِي الشاب الضحيّة 6 حبّات Benzaxol دفعة واحدة قبل الشروع بعملية اغتصابه ممّا أفقده وعيه وصوابه. ويروي فراس أنّ السجناء الآخرين حاولوا التحرّش به كالسجين شادي ش. الذي طلب منه تدليك قدميه عند مستوى الفخذ لأكثر من مرّة، وأرغمه على ممارسة اللواط معه مرّتين بواسطة ترهيبه وبعد إقناع السجين ابراهيم ح. في إرغام الشاب الضحيّة على الرضوخ لرغبة شادي ش. على اعتبار أنّ ابراهيم ح. يمتلك الشاب ويحقّ له إعارته لمن يشاء مقابل منافع قد تكون مادّية أو تسهيلات أخرى. وهكذا دفع شادي ش. ابراهيم ح. الى تهديد الشاب اليافع وإجباره على الرضوخ لأوامر شادي بممارسة اللواط معه، وتكرّرت السبحة مع عدّة مساجين استغلّ ابراهيم ح. فيها نفوذه وسطوته على الشاب ليؤجّره لمن يشاء، منهم السجين داني ن. الذي دعا الشاب الى غرفته لتدليك ظهره وعندما امتثل ولدى مغادرته غرفته، منعه السجين واغتصبه بالقوّة بعد الضرب والتهديد بالادّعاء عليه أمام الإدارة بجرم سرقة أمتعة من داخل النظارة. شاويش في الحلقة القذرة السجين إيلي ن. شاويش النظارة “أ” أقنع الشاب بأنّه ملك الساحة وباستطاعته عمل ما يريد في النظارة، وقد تحرّش هذا الشاويش بالشاب أكثر من مرّة، وذلك عن طريق تهديده بأنّه سيدّعي عليه باتّهامات عارية عن الصحّة تؤدّي الى سجنه إذا لم يوافق على ممارسة الجنس معه، وذلك مقابل تقديم الراحة له في السجن وإيهامه بأنّه رئيس النظارة وبإمكانه التحكّم به وبقضيته، وذلك بإضافة دعاوى على دعوته واللعب بملفّه العدلي. وكون الشاب صغير السنّ صدّقه ووافق على ممارسة اللواط معه تحت تأثير التهديد. الجلّاد ابراهيم ح. ويروي فراس عن جلاّديه فيذكر السجينين “محمد. ط” وصلاح. ت” اللذين أعطياه بعض حبوب Benzaxol وأرسلاه الى الحمّام حيث هدّداه ومارسا اللواط معه مقابل إعطائه بعض حبوب الـ Benzaxol بعدما أدمن الشاب الضحيّة على تناولها. أمّا اللعبة فقد أدارها بامتياز الجلّاد “ابراهيم. ح” الذي تملّك الضحيّة وباعها الى زملائه الجلّادين، ومنهم أيضا السجين “عماد. ت”، والسجين محمد ح. الذي حاول اغتصاب فراس في حمّام النظارة، ولمّا رفض تفاقمت الأزمة بينه وبين السجناء. كشف خيوط الفضيحة استغلّ بعض نُزلاء النظارة هذه الظروف بغية مَنع السجين الشاب من مغادرة نظارته طيلة فترة توقيفه التي مضى عليها تسعة أشهر تقريبا. لم يغادرها سوى لمشاهدة ذويه مرّة واحدة في الأسبوع، ولمّا كان قد مضى على آخر مواجهة مع ذويه حوالى الشهر وبعد مطالبة الأهل برؤية ولدهم وعملاً بإشارة القضاء عمدَ المعنيّون الى محاولة نقله الى نظارة أخرى، وذلك تمهيدا لإجراء محضر تحقيق لمعرفة عدم السماح له برؤية ذويه في الفترة الأخيرة والتحقيق بحوادث أخرى، خاصة أنّ المدعوّ “ابراهيم. ح” أصبح يرسل مع الشاب الضحيّة مرافقاً لمراقبته كلّما أراد مقابلة ذويه، الأمر الذي جعل الشاب يتمنّع خوفاً من الفضيحة. المفاجأة بعدما عمد المعنيّون بعد إشارة القضاء الى نقل الشاب الى نظارة أخرى فوجئوا بردّة فعل قاسية من قِبل السجناء الذين خرجوا رافضين نقل السجين الى أيّ مكان آخر، وهم السجناء أنفسهم الذين يقومون بممارسة اللواط معه، لكن بعد جهد جهيد تمكّن من الانتقال الى نظارة أخرى بعيداً عن أنظارهم. اليوم الشاب الضحيّة يحاول لملمة جراحه ويطمح الى مقاضاة جلاّديه بعد أن تمّ إخلاء سبيل البعض منهم، وإبقاء البعض الآخر قيد الاعتقال. فهل سيتمكّن بعدما أنهكته المخدّرات والتعدّيات الجسديّة على محاربة هؤلاء المجرمين، وهل أنضجته التجارب وأثقلته؟ وهل أصبح قادراً على مواجهة الفساد في سجن رومية بعدما أخفق الكبار؟ أين رجال الأمن في سجن رومية؟ مَن يحاسب المتواطئين منهم مع هؤلاء المجرمين؟ هذه الفظاعة يمكن أن يتعرّض لها أيّ إنسان وابن أيّ عائلة قد ترميه الأيّام في السجن لسبب أو لآخر. السكوت عن قضيّة فراس جريمة أفظع. هذه القضيّة هي في رسم الرؤساء والمسؤولين والمنظّمات الإنسانية المدافعة عن حقوق الإنسان والعدالة. وهي حتماً في رسم وزير الداخليّة الذي من المفترض أن يزور السجن اليوم.

المصدر: الجمهورية

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EGYPT – REVOLUTION BUT CONTINUING SAFETY ISSUES FOR WOMEN
Reuters Trustlaw // Reenat Sinay – 10 January 2012
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A woman walks past a mural depicting a woman with eye patches near Tahrir Square in Cairo December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

LONDON (TrustLaw)–Despite an increasing feeling of empowerment experienced by many Egyptian women during and after the revolution, they continue to be sexually harassed and abused by men in public on a daily basis, as recent coverage of events in Cairo—from “virginity tests” conducted by the military to male assaults on female protesters—illustrated.

It is a problem that long predates the Arab Spring. In 2008, a survey by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) found that a staggering 83% of Egyptian women and 98% of foreign women were exposed to sexual harassment in Egypt.

The survey also concluded that 62.5% of Egyptian men actually admitted to sexually harassing women and many of them blame the victims. Furthermore, many women don’t realize that they are even being abused.

“Egypt is a male-dominated society and men see it as their right to verbally abuse women, grope them,” said Shahira Amin, a former Egyptian state TV anchor who currently freelances for CNN. “Women are ashamed to speak out and we’ve been brought up to think it is okay.”

Attitudes towards women have been changing slowly, with increased media attention and visibility in public life. But with conservative Islamists likely to win the current elections and a deep-rooted cultural bias against women, women question whether the energy that came out of the revolution will be strong enough to create lasting change, according to Amin.

“The momentum they started is irreversible,” said Amin, referring to women’s role in the revolution. “Young girls are taking charge; they feel a stake in their country.”

However, women’s newfound voice in society does not seem to reflect an improvement in their safety.

“Daily life in Egypt is filled with harassment,” said Amin, who has reported widely on the problem. “Young, old, attractive, plain, you face it.”

Daily News Egypt journalist Safaa Abdoun agrees.

“Some women consider some forms of sexual harassment as ‘normal behavior’; men being men or boys being boys,” she said.

The issue recently received international attention after the brutal assault by a mob of men on CBS reporter and Washington correspondent Lara Logan in Tahrir Sqaure in February shocked the world. More recently, U.S.-based Egyptian freelance journalist Mona Eltahawy was groped and harassed by security forces during her detainment in the protests leading up to the elections.

Worldwide disgust at these events and an increased focus on the issue by the Egyptian media has raised awareness of the problem.

It is talked about more openly in Egypt that ever before thanks to successful films like “Cairo 678”, which chronicles the sexual abuse suffered by women of all socio-economic groups in Cairo.

“I walked out of the cinema feeling so empowered, smoking my cigarette, daring people to approach me,” said Amin of the award-winning film.

There are now tools like HarassMap, created by Rebecca Chiao and Engy Ghozlan, to draw attention to the issue as well as protect women from harassment.  HarassMap is an interactive online map in which women anonymously report where they were harassed and can even classify the type of assault. The site aggregates reports and visually shows the hot spots for sexual harassment.

The results of the 2008 ECWR survey also influenced the drafting of a law against sexual harassment that sets the legal terms for what sexual harassment encompasses as well has criminalizing the act.

“If a woman knows that she is protected by the law, she will feel safe,” said Safaa Abdoun. “At the same time, you are talking about a major social problem, so the mindset of these men has to change in order for this problem to not exist.”

Noha Rushdy, a then 27-year-old filmmaker, was the first woman to act on this law in 2008, demanding police action after her assault, which led to the first criminal prosecution for sexual harassment in Egypt.

Abdoun describes this moment as “a turning point that got people and the media to talk about it.”

However, some believe the key may lie in addressing socio-economic issues facing the country.

Poverty, unemployment, and lack of equal opportunity are issues that may indirectly lead to sexual harassment, according to Said Sadek, professor of political science and sociology at the American University in Cairo.

“It’s mostly unemployed men,” he said. “Marriage is expensive, and this is often their only sexual outlet”.

Shahira Amin agreed.

“Because of frustration at the lack of progress [after the revolution], men are angrier and taking their anger out on women,” she said.

This was evident on International Women’s Day in Cairo on 8 March 2011. Women who participated in a peaceful protest for equal rights were attacked by mobs of angry men. They were intimidated and humiliated as the men shouted at them and ripped up their signs.

“Their view is that women shouldn’t compete for jobs, they don’t want them to have an equal role in public life,” Amin said of these men.

An important symbolic step forward may be Bothaina Kamel’s candidacy in the presidential elections, which has brought a lot of attention to women’s rights in Egypt. However, the consensus is that the celebrity broadcaster, the only female candidate, does not stand a serious chance of winning just yet.

“Egypt needs more time before society is ready for a female president,” said Sadek. “Not now, not yet; society is not developed enough.”

However, Kamel’s role in the elections has perhaps already served its purpose, according to Amin.

“Bothaina Kamel shattered the glass ceiling,” she said. “She knows that she won’t win, but voices are now being heard and I think that was her motive.”

Though there is hope that the current elections will bring about positive change for the Egyptian people, the prospect of Islamists winning the elections may reduce leadership possibilities for women and may lead to the institution of Sharia law.

Despite this possibility, Amin is optimistic about women’s rights in Egypt.

“The energy is incredible and they want to be politically involved,” she said. Women have found their voice and it’s our revolution too; we are fighting back.”

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Al-Raida: Women & Disability in the Arab World

This special issue of Al-Raida on Women and Disability in the Arab World calls for papers addressing women’s experiences of disability in the Arab region. It is prompted by ongoing concern that the voices of disabled women in the Arab world, their allies and their representative organizations are seldom heard.

We wish to consider the lives of disabled Arab women in relation to contemporary debates about disability and society. We are interested in papers which explore ways in which disability is being experienced by Arab women. We also have in mind the concerns of women who are mothers of disabled children or practitioners working to support disabled women and girls. In this Special Issue we hope to provide the opportunity to share research and critical thinking on a wide range of topics, which will increase knowledge and understanding of Women & Disability in the Arab World.

To read al Raida call of papers:

Al-Raida call of paper

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Friday, February 17, 2012
  • Time
    9:00pm until 2:00am
  • Where
    Jade Ballroom, Regency Palace Hotel
  • Description
    “The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service” “Faith and Light” is organised on a human scale by groups called communities, comprising in equal shares persons with an intellectual disability, their… families and friends, especially young persons. Community members meet regularly for gatherings of friendship, sharing, prayer and celebration. Faith and Light numbers presently 1648 communities organized in 50 provinces located on five continents, in 79 countries and of 38 different languages. Two thirds of the countries where Faith and Light is present suffer from great economic difficulties or political instability.  Members of Faith and Light communities come from different Christian traditions, (catholic, protestants, anglican and orthodox…) without distinction of age, culture or income. This Dinner is organized to collect money from buying tickets for dinner (100,000 l.l. per card) and donations provided in the event. These dnations will sponsor the international Pilgrimage that will be held in LEBANON at the end of August. Visit the international link as follows to know more: http://www.faithandlight.org/rubriques/haut/agenda and check: Pilgrimage of the province “ILA Trinity” you can contribute in other ways by direct funding. “Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”

 

أربعون سنة مرت على تلقفنا هذه الدعوة ، بهذه المناسبة تقيم جماعات إيمان و نور إحتفالات يوبيلية على مدى سنتين لنشر روحانية هذه الجماعات و رسالتها التي تدعو إلى احترام الأشخاص الذين يحملون إعاقة عقلية و بناء علاقات أخوية ضمن جماعات رعائية منتشرة على كافة الأراضي اللبنانية. منذ سنة 1971 تعمل إيمان و نور لإعطاء أخوتنا الأكثر ضعفاً مكانتهم و دورهم الفاعل في قلب الكنيسة و تنمية حياتهم الروحية و الإجتماعية.

من ضمن هذه الإحتفالات تنظم جماعات إيمان و نور- مقاطعة “إلى الثالوث” حجّ ديني ومخيم لثمانمائة شخص الى مناطق دير الأحمر – رأس بعلبك من 30 آب الى2 أيلول 2012 بشفاعة سيدة بشوات و سيدة رأس بعلبك.

وبهدف تأمين تكاليف النشاط ، ندعوكم للمشاركة في حفل عشاء ساهر في صالة
” جاد – فندق الريجنسي بالاس – آدما ” ، الجمعة بتاريخ 17 شباط 2012

نتمنى حضوركم فنتشارك سوياً في تحقيق أهداف هذا المشروع لتكون ثماره غنية في المنطقة ، بنعمة الله.

– يمكنم أيضاً المشاركة من خلال تقديم جوائز تومبولا ، أو مساعدات مادية مباشرة ، أو المساعدة في تأمين جزء من إحتياجات هذا اللقاء والمذكورة في المنشورات المرفقة.

لتأكيد المشاركة نرجو الاتصال بالرقم : 76981717
أو إرسال e-mail على : foietlumiere40ans@hotmail.com

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Venir à bout des stéréotypes de genre: Le rôle des lois / Dossier du Vendredi / Actualités et Analyses / Home Fr – AWID.

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My friend from University was protesting saturday Jnauary 14 and she  says that she is walking to ask Member of Parliament to endorse a bill protecting women from family violence;

Zoya Rouhana from the Kafa network said that this is their combat too, and they are mainly asking parliamentarians not to forget in the law marital rape; than a Demonstrator screams: they don’t respect us; ( they is the state, the parliamentarians)

“Police cannot protect women in Lebanon; they didn’t take the complaint of sexual harassment seriously; The law of labor doesn’t cover and protect women against sexual harassment at the work place too. Dear Mps wake up, we want our rights, we are walking peacefully for you to see us , and see how many citizens need you to” legiferate” and use your powers to protect women by fair laws. ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grflKp5rzMI&list=UUXqBZI0Afd95zT8KmGFrBnQ&index=2&feature=plcp

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Couverture en langue française de la marche contre le viol:

La très belle manifestation pour les droits des femmes au Liban… une courte vidéo filmée en direct alors que les manifestants parcouraient les rues beyrouthines sous une pluie diluvienne.  Pour arriver à la place ensoleillée de Riad El Solh ;

Un grand merci aux manifestants et manifestantes qui ont bien voulu s’exprimer et donner leur avis en direct !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA6mvxEgDcw&feature=share

 

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Chers députés dites la vérité,

Êtes-vous entrain de couvrir les criminels ?

A la prison les violeurs, a la prison !

Le 14 janvier 2012 je suis née à nouveau,

Nous sommes la pour dire que le silence n’est pas permis, quand la femme est violée, violentée, le silence ne doit pas l’enfermer, les lois doivent la protéger ;

Les femmes libanaises paraissent avoir des droits,

Mais les droits esthétiques que les femmes ont, ne sont pas de vrais droits, qui les protègent.

Les dispositions  503-504 du code pénal libanais permettent a l’homme de violer sa femme, quand il veut,

La matière 522 permet au violeur de se marier avec sa victime, et lui donner des indemnités, bref, payer la victime !

Un état de droit est nécessaire, de toutes nos voix, nous voulons une loi civile qui protège les femmes dans leur foyer comme en dehors.

Députés dites la vérité, violentez vous vos femmes ?

Députés êtes-vous entrain de couvrir les criminels ?

N’êtes vous pas responsables de la législation ?

A la prison à la prison les criminels !

 

Rita Chemaly www.ritachemaly.wordpress.com

 

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Dears

One of my actions to help the great demonstration organized by Nasawiya and  that took place Saturday morning (14 of january 2012)  in Beirut streets, was to prepare a press coverage, assembling the weekend press articles in arabic and english that were written and published to cover the beautiful event.

Lebanese men and Women took to the streets in a great peaceful collective action (as the ones I detailed in my book : The Lebanese spring 2005);

Using their voices, lebanese traditional chants, banners, masks, Lebanese demonstrators said “no to a state that covers the criminals and rapists”.

In a non violent way the hundreds of protesters walked under the rain to ask the representatives, the Member of Parliament to endorse the project law presented by the civil society organisation without changing it and changing its core dispositions against marital rape;

I will post tomorrow the live videos taken during the event; in arabic, french and english walking in the streets with water in their foots and rain, and a sunny terminal at Riad El Solh square, Lebanese activists and demonstrators showed again that an awaken civil society still exists and is watching firmly the work of the Parliamentarian committees!

Rita Chemaly

To read and print and use the press coverage here is the document:

Media coverage fight rape demonstration by Rita Chemaly

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Reporting line: President of the association

Job description:
– Develop and Execute the LLWB action plan
– Plan, manage and Implement events
– Manage the database of members and LLWB contacts
– Update and Maintain the website
– Leads proposals and concept papers
– Responsible for the administration of the organization
– Manage the budget
– Search for funding opportunities
– Handle the PR of the association

Qualifications:
– Proven, successful work experience in a program management role that includes a breadth of activities in event planning and management, communications, financial and narrative reporting
– Proficiency in English – written and verbal – and ability to produce required reports in English
– Demonstrated ability to execute work-related tasks in an effective and timely fashion
– Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented
– Effective communicator with both team members and external constituents
– Outgoing professional individual in one-on-one and large group settings
– Productive and confident team member who can effectively represent the association
– Strong competencies in basic office technologies: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, and internet; comfortable with online forums, new media
– Ability to travel to meetings, as needed

Please send you CV to: program.manager@llwb.org

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Nonprofit Leaders: Atlas Corps Invites Applications for June 2012 Fellowship
Deadline: January 29th 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (for June 2012 class)

The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month, professional fellowship for the world’s best nonprofit leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise, and learn leadership skills while sharing best practices. This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, the Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series training program, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, transportation, housing).

Eligibility: Applicants must be under the age of 35, have at least a Bachelor’s degree, be proficient in English, have two or more years of experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector, and be committed to returning to their home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship.

We are specifically seeking the profiles below for our June 2012 class:
– Individuals from Rwanda, Vietnam, Bangladesh, or Ghana with experience in ehealth/mobile health technology
– Individuals from southern Iraq with program management and report writing experience
– Individuals who speak Spanish, especially those with a background in social work
– Individuals with experience in early childhood development, international teaching, and international education
– Individuals with strong technology experience, especially in digital media and social media
– Non-profit leaders with strong business experience
– European individuals with high level administrative and event-planning experience

Apply: Atlas Corps will be considering applications on a rolling basis. Apply by January 29th to be considered for the June 2012 class; applications received after that date will be considered for our September 2012 class. For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit: http://www.atlascorps.org/apply.php

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فرصـة عمـل دوام كامـل

منسق(ة) تنفيذي محترف لتمويل المشاريع

Professional Executive Coordinator for Funding Projects

ملاحظة هامّة جدًا:

هذه الوظيفة ليست للمبتدئات والمبتدئين.

المطلوب عدم تقديم طلبات إلا لمن لديه الخبرة والمهارات المذكورة في هذا الإعلان.

 

من هي المؤسّسة؟

“الهيئة اللبنانية للحقوق المدنية”، جمعية مدنية ذات علم وخبر، مبنية على خبرة ريادية منذ 25 عامًا في مجال ثقافة اللاعنف واللاطائفية وحقوق الإنسان والعدالة، وهي تعمل على تعزيز هذه المبادئ بالتربية والتدريب والنضال اللاعنفي وبإبداع المبادرات والحملات المدنية،

وذلك من خلال مجموعاتها ومشاريعها ومؤسّساتها التالية:

“بيوت اللاعنف اللاطائفية الديمقراطية” (بلاد)، “شباب مواطنون لاطائفيون لاعنفيون” (شمل)، “الحملة الوطنية من أجل إلغاء عقوبة

الإعدام”، “الحملة الوطنية من أجل قانون لبناني للأحوال الشخصية”، “المجموعة العربية اللاعنفية”، “تيار أمهات لاعنفيات”، “شبكة

المدارس اللاعنفية”، و”أونور – جامعة اللاعنف وحقوق الإنسان في العالم العربي” أول أكاديمية من نوعها في لبنان والمنطقة العربية.

العمل المطلوب:

منسق(ة) تنفيذي مسؤول عن تمويل مشاريع الجمعية وبالأخص “جامعة أونور”، بما في ذلك صياغة المشاريع وفق المعاييرالمحترفة للمنظمات والجهات العالمية الداعمة، وتنسيق علاقة الشراكة مع هذه الجهات للتعريف بالجمعية ومشاريعها.

يشرف على عمل المنسق(ة) التنفيذي المدير العام للتمويل. ويتصل عمله(ها) بتنسيق دائم مع فريق العمل في المؤسسة ومع الناشطين والمسؤولين عن البرامج والمشاريع المموّلة.

أبرز المهام:

● صياغة مشاريع الجمعية باللغة الإنكليزية بدرجة عالية من الإتقان

● صياغة مشاريع الجمعية باللغة الفرنسية بدرجة عالية من الإتقان

● صياغة مشاريع الجمعية باللغة العربية بدرجة عالية من الإتقان

● إعداد تقارير وملخصات عن المشاريع

● إعداد بطاقات تعريف بالجمعية وبمشاريعها بشكل جذاب ومتقن

● البحث المعمّق عن مصادر تمويل عالمية ومحلية

● تنسيق العلاقة مع المنظمات المعنية بما في ذلك المراسلات المتقنة والاجتماعات وغيرها

● اقتراح أفكار للتعريف بمشاريع الجمعية بشكل حيوي تجاه المنظمات المعنية

● متابعات إدارية متنوعة وتنظيم ملفات تمويل المشاريع بدرجة متقنة

● تقديم اقتراحات حول السبل الأفضل للتمويل

● مواكبة مشاريع الجمعية ونشاطاتها، عبر الوثائق والتقارير وعبر المشاركة المباشرة في جزء من هذه النشاطات لفهمها بعمق وعيش جوهرها والتعرّف بالمنسقين والناشطين والمستفيدين منها مباشرةً

● تزويد الموقع الألكتروني بخلاصات وافية وجذابة عن المشاريع الممولة وعن نتائجها

المهارات والمواصفات المطلوبة:

● درجة عالية من المعرفة بمجال تمويل الجمعيات، وبعالم الجهات الداعمة للجمعيات

● مقدرة عالية في التحليل الاجتماعي ورصد المعلومات والإحصاءات والأبحاث عن الواقع اللبناني وإعداد ملخصات عنها لاستخدامها في صياغة المشاريع وعرض المشكلات والحجج المقنعة

● خبرة في صياغة المشاريع، خاصةً وفق معايير وجداول المنظمات العالمية الداعمة

● احتراف في إعداد التقارير الختامية عن النشاطات والمشاريع، بأسلوب منهجي وجذاب

● مهارة جيدة في إعداد الميزانيات الخاصة بمشاريع التمويل، وفقاً للنماذج العالمية المعتمدة

● جمع أسماء ومصادر وعناوين لجهات داعمة وبناء آلية تنفيذية فعالة للتواصل مع أبرزها

● قدرة عالية في البحث عبر الإنترنت

● مهارات احترافية في أعمال الكمبيوتر

● خبرة عالية في صياغة المراسلات

● إدارة جيدة في التنظيم وفي برمجة المهام وفي الترتيب وتنفيذ الأعمال اليومية

● قدرة عالية في التواصل الإيجابي مع أفراد ومجموعات متنوعة من لبنان وخارجه

● التمتـّع بحسّ المبادرة الذاتية والإبداع في تنفيذ العمل

● مقدرة لافتة في الإقناع وفي عرض الأفكار وفي بناء صورة واثقة وجدية عن الاجتماعات والمواعيد والاتصالات وأهداف النشاطات، كما في نقل المعلومات وفي إعطاء صدقية تجاه داعمي المشاريع

● لغات: العربية متقنة جدًا. الإنكليزية متقنة جدًا. الفرنسية: إضافة أساسية

● ثقافة عامة في حقوق الإنسان. اقتناع باللاعنف واللاطائفية

مدّة العمل:

دوام كامل، خلال 5 أيام في الأسبوع، من الاثنين إلى الجمعة ضمنًا

عقد عمل لسنة، قابل للتجديد

صيغة العقد والعمل:

Mission: مهمّة محددة في خطة عمل سنوية، ولها بدل مالي شامل “مقطوع” يتمّ توزيعه على دفعات شهرية

البدل المالي:   يتحدّد وفق الخبرة والكفاءة المتلائمة مع مواصفات هذا العمل.

مكان العمل:   المكتب في بيروت، الجميزة.

الراغبون/الراغبات بهذه الفرصة والقديرون فيها:

● إرسال السيرة الذاتية التفصيلية على العنوان التالي: jobs.lacr@hotmail.com

● إرسال آخر نتاج لك: مشروع تمويل من إعدادك؛ تقرير مميّز عن مشروع (Final Report). مقال أو نص اجتماعي من اختيارك ويعكس تحليلك ومواقفك

آخر مهلة لاستقبال الطلبات:  19/1/2012

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Des horreurs au Liban arrivent tous les jours,

Des horreurs que nous croyons loin de nous, qui ne peuvent pas toucher notre cercle familial, si ce n’est amical, or tout peut arriver si les libanais et libanaises n’ont pas une Loi et des mécanismes pour l’exécuter , qui les protègent d’un malheur insidieux…. LA VIOLENCE !

Non a la violence au sein des foyers! Non a la violence a l’encontre des Enfants! Non a la violence a l’encontre des femmes!

Dans un pays ou le statut personnel et les droits personnels appartiennent a des communautés religieuses , nos célèbres 18 confessions, les droits humains peuvent difficilement être respectés et homogénéisés!

La violence sous toutes ses formes ( psychologique, physique, verbale) Doit être interdite et PUNIE!

Dans nos familles si les femmes, les filles, et les enfants sont violentés, violées, le sentiment premier est le doute, la peur, et la peur du scandale;

Ce qui devrait prévaloir c’est la PUNITION de TOUT crime notamment au sein des familles, et notamment pour la violence sexuelle et le harcèlement,

nous Avons besoin d’un code pénal uniformisé et homogeneisé qui offre à toutes les femmes et filles de toutes les communautés un droit égal et une PROTECTION EGALE!!

Notre Code pénal au Liban accorde encore des circonstances atténuantes! ( Sachant qu’en aout 2011 ( voir le billet précèdent) l’article 562 du code pénal qui octroyait des circonstances atténuantes pour l’auteur des crimes “d’honneurs” a été annulé);

Chers et chères DEPUTES, Deputées, Chers /es Compatriotes, il est temps d’amender le code pénal et de voter sans lui enlever sa portée la loi contre la VIOLENCE FAMILIALE!

enfin a tous et toutes ceux et celles qui croient et revent à un ETAT DE DROIT au Liban, rejoignez nous ( les nasawiyas)  le 14 pour une manifestation contre la violence sexuelle!

Rita!!!!

Billet sur le même sujet:

Une photo que j’ai prise de Facebook est creee pour l’evenement:

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I am happy, AWID , The Association for Women’s Rights in Development ” an international, feminist, membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights” , published my profile on their member page;

I loved the fact that they highlighted my committment with Faith and Light!

As to know more about AWID, the members of the network come from “more than 130 countries and are researchers, academics, students, educators, activists, business people, policy-makers, development practitioners, funders, and more”.

Their  hope is to achieve, while collaborating with diverse partners and allies, :

  1. “Stronger, better-resourced and more effective women’s organizations and movements advancing women’s rights and gender equality worldwide.
  2. Renewal and expansion of the agendas of women’s movements internationally through infusion of ambitious, creative and future oriented ideas and issues, and stronger interconnections, alliances and partnerships among diverse expressions of women’s organizing across regions and sectors.
  3. Stronger alliances between women’s rights movements and other social movements to advance agendas in pursuit of human rights for all.
  4. Shifts in donor and development policy and practices for a greater financial and political commitment to gender equality and women’s rights, including women’s organizations.
  5. Greater inclusion of women’s rights activists and organizations in key development policy spaces internationally (both in terms of presence and effective voice in influencing these spaces to advance gender equality).
  6. More visible, vocal and engaged young women in women’s organizations and movements with young women’s work clearly supported and highlighted, including across all AWID initiatives.
  7. A more politically engaged and expanded AWID membership that includes increased representation from underrepresented regions or sectors.”

as for the numerous initiatives of AWID, I encourage you to go through the page: http://www.awid.org/Our-Initiatives;

Awid features each two weeks the profile of an individual member or an Institutional member... and this week they featured my profile! thank you AWID and hoping for more equality for the new year 🙂

 

 

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Any state that does not criminalize all forms of rape cannot be counted on We, the women who reside in Lebanon, excuse ourselves from playing the decorative role that has been imposed on us. We take to the streets today to say that we are aware and knowledgeable about the methodical war that state and society have waged on our bodies and our safety through their political parties and leaders. From now on, we will not accept empty promises that are heaped upon us every time we call for our rights. We will not give in to patience. We will not bite our wounds and postpone the battles of today to tomorrow. Our voices will be louder than the bickering between your parties and your sporadic yet connected wars. We call on Parliament to:      Pass the draft law for Protection from Domestic Violence as it has been written and with no delay. 2. Intensify punitive measures against rapists and those who attempt rape, amending the respective law. 3.Treat verbal harassment as physical harassment, especially in the work place, making it a crime subject to judicial penalties. 4. Deal with complaints related to sexual violence with rigor and consistency. We call on the Interior Ministry and the Municipalities to also apply those measures. The three bodies should work to make our streets and neighborhoods safe, especially during the night-time, by ensuring proper street-lighting, and permitting us to carry tools of self-defense, like taser guns and pepper spray. We extend this invitation to all women and girls who have been exposed to rape or attempted rape or harassment in all its forms, to all so-called ‘housewives‘ that have been subjected to beating and verbal abuse, to all those employees, teachers, activists, workers and union leaders who experience sexual abuse time and time again, and to all those who feel the injustice and lack of equality. We call on you to join us on the streets on the 14th of January 2012. We begin the march at 12:00 PM from the Interior Ministry near the Sanayeh Garden, and move toward Parliament at Nejmeh Square. We women no longer possess anything but solidarity with one another. We must stand shoulder to shoulder and unite. What lies before us is the last of our battles: the defense of our rights, bodies and security. We have nothing to lose but our chains. The time is now!!!!

Kiddos for Nasawiyas for the preparations!

Rita a Lebanese women that hopes for 2012 to live in a country that respects basic rights!!!!

Rape should be Criminalized!!

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