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Je viens de rentrer de L’ESCWA, oui, je participais comme “marraine “au Forum What if Women… organisé par L’Association des Guides Du Liban, avec la cooperation de l’UNODC ( l’Agence / office des Nations unies  contre la Drogue et le Crime;

Les projets presentes par les branches JEM (  les Jeunes En Marche) qui ont 17 ans et plus, m’ont tellement fait plaisir!! les jeunes filles ont bien travaille leurs recherches, grand bravo!

jai adoré l’équipe de Saint Joseph Aintoura, et les supers idées qu’elles ont eues pour présenter la cause de la nationalité: un cèdre avec des femmes qui le tamponnait, des t-shirts, un micro trottoir, des nouvelles des manifs, Un cadre pour la prise des photos dans une carte d’identité non libanaise, bon travail!

aussi, l’équipe dont j’étais la “marraine “( comme je n’ai pas de soeur, il m’est difficile d’être la marraine de quelqu’un, donc la proposition de Reem, élève de Nazareth m’a fait super plaisir 🙂

bref, hier soir, Reem m’a montre le travail de son équipe, un film de ouff, sur la violence contre les femmes au foyer; le film explique les différents genre de violences ( morale, verbale, physique et économique), montre les obstacles qui existent au Liban et le manque de lois protégeant les femmes des violences exercées sur elles, et enfin, le film présente le projet de loi qui est en cours d’étude au Parlement!! les jeunes de l’équipe JEM ne se sont pas arrêtées la, elles ont présente aussi les solutions!!! oui a des femmes policières, oui a des centres/ refuges ouiii a l’éveil contre le viol conjugal…. finalement un grand  ouiiiii a ce projet bravo les filles!! la pluie ne vous a pas arrêtées  lors de la manifestation, le projet ne s’arrêterait pas devant les obstacles, les femmes libanaises sont obstinées!

un autre projet m’a beaucoup plus, c’est le projet what if women were priceless in Lebanon, éveillant les gens contre le trafic des femmes!!! bravo pour le film, les images et vos idées sont fortes!

Aussi un projet sur les femmes et leur image, oh la la la la…. l’image et les prix et loans/crédits bancaires offerts aux femmes pour changer leur image! bon projet aussi!

les équipes qui ont eu de bons échos avec le jury compose des marraines , et de l’ex ministre Mme Mona Ofeish, et des responsables des guides, sont les jeunes filles et le sport, les femmes et leur image, la violence, et la nationalité!

dans l’espoir de voir ses jeunes qui ont présente de bons projets travailler  encore pour faire de tous ces projets des réalités,

de moi un simple …  B R A V O  bravo!!!

 

Rita Chemaly

 

les photos prises seront disponibles sur Facebook

 

 

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Sit-In on Tuesday April 3 by the Jinsiyati Campaign in front of the Grand Sérail During governmental session… Join us!

Lebanese Women’s Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship:

Tuesday, April the 3rd 2012 , the Jinsiyati Campaign is organising a Sit in in front of the Grand Serail,  Riad el Solh Square at 10:30 am to ask the governmental Committee in charge of working on the nationality draft law to:
– Indicate a clear timeline according within which the committee will be working;
– Share the Terms of References of the Committee;
– Include civil society organizations in the process;
-And last but not least, take into consideration our demands for FULL CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS for women without any conditions.
HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION:
– Tweet, using the #Jinsiyati hashtag
– Share the event and your stories with regards to citizenship rights on your FB Profile and on this page
– Write on your blog about the issue;
We can do it!

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Many Arab countries have witnessed governments being dismantled by movements organized through the Internet and social media pages;

Since 2005, Lebanese bloggers with a big help from the diaspora began using internet tools, with massive e-mailing lists  , SMS, and blogs to express their views for freedom, truth, independence and  sovereignty;

“En effet, lors du Printemps 2005, et surtout quelques jours après le 8 mars 2005, on ne peut que relever la multiplication du courrier électronique envoyé, des blogs créés, et l’envoi de SMS (pour inviter à manifester lors du 14 mars 2005, ou pour parodier la manifestation du 8 mars, ou le discours de Bachar el Assad …). ” Source : Rita Chemaly Le Printemps 2005 au Liban entre Mythes et realites” Edition l’Harmattan, Paris, 2009, p. 117

“Le blog peut décrire une réalité, il peut critiquer et devenir un espace où s’exprime un malaise ou les protestations des citoyens(…)”Source : Rita Chemaly Le Printemps 2005 au Liban entre Mythes et realites” Edition l’Harmattan, Paris, 2009, p. 119

In 2011, Tunisian, Libyan, Egyptian and lately Syrian activists have been using internet to create collective movements and organize protests;

Many of the activists have been intimidated by their regimes to stop expressing their views;

Recently in Lebanon a new draft law wanted to censor the internet sphere , the web activists organized a campaign raising awareness against such a law, and its effect and impact on the internet freedom;

In Irak, the law against “internet crimes”, as the article in the Economist observes,  is in my opinion a way to muzzle any kind of expression from the opposition and growing civil movements;

The problems with such laws in my opinion, are the use of general concepts under which many blogging posts and online activities can be punished;

Killing the freedom of expression in the Arab World by laws and bills that must protect the freedom of each individual to express his believes is a dangerous trend;

The fight against censorship and repression must begin with a fight against such laws!

Rita Chemaly

To illustrate my opinion, I can just recall the adv of the Samir Kassir award for the Freedom of the press:

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Spring 2012 is witnessing a new revolution, a collective action that encourage local citizens to participate to a protest for the creation of a new Bridge in Jal-El-Dib METN after the dismantlement of the old bridge;

Arguments on the Facebook group are numerous, some are funny some are realistic, all are an expression of the people’s will to ask for a new bridge:

“After the illegal freezing of their private properties for more than 40 years in pursuit of a fictious expropriation scheme, they are blocking the entrance and the exit to the whole Metn region. This is a systematic act of killing the Metn region. We must resist!”

for me, the peaceful collective action that is organized by citizens to make their living conditions better is an expression of their sense of responsibility;

As in 2005 and the way people expressed themselves, the free peaceful expression and action by citizen can help people create networks for a better understanding of public issues and make pressure on officials;

As for me, and because I live in Jal-El-Dib, and used to use this bridge to get in and out of Jal-El-Dib, I think it is a must for the people responsible of our transportation and roads to make sure to replace the old bridge by a new one, or a tunnel, that will make our life easier;

Rita Chemaly

the last picture I like a lot:

 

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Le Liban a été classé à la 79e place sur 128 pays au niveau mondial, au 6e rang sur 15 pays de la région MENA et à la 5e place sur 13 pays arabes, selon l’indice des opportunités économiques pour les femmes, publié par The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) pour l’année 2011.

Le pays du Cèdre était classé 88e sur 113 pays au niveau mondial en 2010.

L’objectif de cet indice, calculé de 0 à 100, est de calibrer les spécificités de l’environnement des affaires des employées et des entrepreneurs féminins. Vingt-neuf indicateurs interviennent dans ce classement,  groupés en 5 catégories mesurant les politiques et les pratiques de travail, l’accès aux finances, l’éducation et la formation, le statut légal et social de la femme ainsi que l’environnement des affaires en général.

Avec un score de 48,7 points, le Liban se classe avant l’Egypte (48,6) et Oman (48,2), mais derrière Bahreïn (49) et le Koweït (49,9). Le score du Liban est inférieur à la moyenne mondiale de 55,8 points mais supérieur à celui de la région MENA (46,3) et des pays arabes (45,2). Source : Le Commerce du Levant

pour lire plus d’articles sur les femmes et l’economie suivez les liens du Commerce

Rita

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encore un blog qui me touche en le lisant,

par les super Alloush et Zouzou…. un blog qui explique aussi simplement que clairement a mon avis la relation entre la religion et l’homesexualite;

Pour moi, jeune fille tres croyante, (oui j’insiste sur le tres 🙂 Dieu nous a cree a son image, et il nous aime tous et toutes autant que nous soyons, petits, gros, grands, blonds , bruns , hetero ou Homos….

bon c’est la meme idee que defend Alloush , a vous chers et cheres la pensee d’un de mes blogs favoris ; n’hesitez pas a clicker sur le lien et lire toute la pensee!

“God creates gays then he’s supposed to punish them because they are acting out his will. Being gay is not a sin for me because I cannot control it. A sin is killing someone or stealing or lying, but being gay is something innate and cannot be considered a sin.

For those who say that God hates gays [fags is usually the term they use] then they have to accept that their God is not fair. All of what is taught to them in religious writings is that God judges everyone equally and without discrimination.” Source: Alloush, Gay Religion;

Rita Chemaly

Ouii je ne connaissais pas le mot Fag ( Fagot en francais, existe, mais bon en anglais, jcomprends pas trop les nuances)…

 

 

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Dear Readers,

Kindly find below the latest issue of the Middle East & North Africa Gender and Development e-Brief (No 118)  Please note that the MENA Gender and Development e-Brief is posted on line on the following URLM:http://crtda.org.lb/webfm_send/449

 

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The Middle East &North Africa “Gender and Development E-Brief” Issue #118 March 2012

 

NEWS & ARTICLES

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GENDER ACTIVISM BLC launches program to fund ventures owned by women

Hundreds of women call for Islamic governance

Women’s Rights Must Be Integrated in Post-Revolution Egypt

Beirut March stresses need to protect women from domestic violence

Syrian women on the frontlines, determined not to be sidelined

Topless protest of domestic violence in Turkey

Women’s groups angry over Alphabet Day date

GENDER & HUMAN RIGHTS Egypt Court Acquits Army Doctor Accused of Virginity Tests

Lebanon 79th in terms of women’s opportunity

MENA: ‘The Uprisings will be Gendered’

How not to study gender in the Middle East

Role of women in politics is crucial

Women call for greater equality on rights day

Women struggle to reach new heights in Lebanon

Challenges for Women’s Political Leadership in Iraq

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE Saudi police break up protest at women’s campus

Stoning & the Iran Penal Code – Analysis & Cautions

Women in the ISF are not allowed to wear the hijab

Lebanon: Stop Abuse of Domestic Workers

‘Tussle over gender violence law’ in Lebanon:

Kuwait a Male Dominated Society with Challenges for Women in Politics

Suicide of Girl Forced to Marry Rapist Spurs Outrage In Morocco

Syria Conflict – Pain & Anguish of Women & Girls

CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister says more time needed for women to pass citizenship to children

 

RESOURCES & CALLS

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ANNOUNCEMENTS and EVENTS Middle East Women Photographers Exhibit

Hariri, Wafa Sleiman speak out on Mother’s Day

International Conference on “The Implementation of the Family Code and the Issue of

Underage Girls’ Marriage” In Fès, Morocco –  5-6 May 2012

BOOKS and REPORTS Mapping Stoning in Muslim Contexts

Gender Equity Index 2012 – Gender Gap – Inequalities

Women & The Arab Spring: Taking Their Place?

 

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