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JOB Vacancy – Consultancy – Development of Action Plan for National Strategy for Women in Lebanon

Terms of Reference

Project LBN3G11A “Gender Enhancement & Mainstreaming”
National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)


The National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) is the main national women machinery entrusted with providing guidance and advise to all national and international actors concerned with promoting gender equality and empowerment of women.

The NCLW supported by UNFPA is implementing a project (LBN3G11A) since 2010 aiming at enhancing institutional capacities and role of NCLW for mainstreaming gender in sectors and plans. The 3 years partnership between NCLW and UNFPA consisted mainly of a) revising, validating and finalizing the national strategy for women in Lebanon through a participatory approach with a wide range of civil society groups, governmental institutions, and international organizations, b) conducting studies to review status of laws on women equality in Lebanon, and c) supporting local NGOs for promoting gender equality at community level.

In 2012, the partnership between NCLW and UNFPA will build on achievements and concrete outcomes realized in the previous years of collaboration and will focus primarily on developing an Action Plan for the strategy as well as advocating for various priority areas such as national law for women, domestic violence law, women participation in decision making, etc.


The objective of this consultancy is to develop and produce – in a fully participatory approach – an action plan for the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon. This operational framework document is expected to guide the work of all actors towards realizing the twelve strategic objectives agreed upon in the national strategy. More so, the action plan would constitute a fundamental tool for improving monitoring among different stakeholders, consolidating and coordinating efforts to advance women’s situation in Lebanon, and achieving results based programming and advocacy.

The specific objective of this proposed consultancy is to a) review existing examples of gender/women operational action plans from the region and global in order to be familiarized with the different types or action plans as well as strengths/weaknesses, b) design/adapt tools and instruments that will guide the process of collecting information during participatory workshops as well as monitor the implementation of the strategy and action plan, c) facilitate the workshops ensuring results based action plan for each strategic objective, d) consolidate all information into one comprehensive operational document, and e) proactively take part in validation, sensitization, endorsement meetings as necessary.

Tasks and Methodology

In order to develop the action plan, a consultant will be selected based on a competitive and transparent recruitment process by NCLW and UNFPA. The consultant shall be recruited by NCLW.
Guided by the Steering Committee established by NCLW in follow up to the project supported by UNFPA, the consultant will be responsible for undertaking the development of the action plan in accordance with the objectives stipulated in these TORs as well as the detailed tasks below.

  • Prepare an action plan for the consultancy with concrete tasks along with a timeline in consultation with both NCLW and UNFPA
  • Review literature at the global and regional levels on existing action plans for women and gender policies/strategies
  • Prepare a comparative matrix of different gender/women strategy action plans by highlighting adopted approaches, strengths, weaknesses, tools, etc and discuss with NCLW and UNFPA
  • Prepare background document for each thematic workshop including objectives, methodology, expected outcome and agenda
  • Design/adapt tools and instruments to be used during workshops for collection of information
  • Prepare presentation on results chain to ensure that all participants in the workshop have clear understanding of terms and difference between output/objective/activity/indicators, etc
  • Facilitate 2-3 workshops for each strategic/thematic objective (unless suggested otherwise by the steering committee )
  • Consolidate all workshops outcomes into a draft operational action plan which should be fully aligned with the women strategy document
  • Discuss (with NCLW and stakeholders) and propose monitoring/reporting tool(s) be used for monitoring/following up on implementation of the strategy
  • Facilitate an Expert Group Meeting with key actors to review the draft operational action plan
  • Facilitate 1-2 workshops for agreeing on a set of SMART indicators
  • Finalize the operational action plan based on comments and review made by the Steering Committee and UNFPA
  • Facilitate (or co-facilitate) a national meeting to validate the draft operational action plan document
  • Integrate feedback from national meeting into final operational action plan document
  • Prepare a final consultancy report to UNFPA and NCLW

Expected Deliverables and Outcome

The final product to be delivered by the consultant will consist of the following:

  • Consultancy plan and timeline
  • Comparative matrix of selected regional/global women/gender strategies action plans
  • Background document for each thematic workshop including objectives, methodology, expected outcome to workshop participants
  • Workshop agenda
  • Tool/instrument for collecting information to feed into action plan
  • Power point presentation on chain results
  • Action plan document (content, scope, and length to be agreed upon once discussed and agreed between NCLW, participating stakeholders, and UNFPA)
  • Reporting/monitoring tool for following up on strategy as well as brief guidelines for use of tool
  • Final report summarizing the consultancy in terms of process, difficulties, facilitating factors, recommendations etc

The consultant will be requested to produce all material relevant to the action plan in Arabic and English.

Time Frame

The consultancy will be carried out between May 15 and October 31st 2012.

Support provided by NCLW and UNFPA

To facilitate the undertaking of this consultancy, NCLW and UNFPA will be providing the following assistance to the consultant:

  • Provide the consultant with a list of key stakeholders
  • Prepare/extend invitations and follow up with stakeholders for participating in the workshops, expert group meetings, and validation meetings
  • Coordinate and provide locale/venue for the strategic/thematic workshops and other meetings
  • Follow up with stakeholders on collecting information before, during and after workshops/meetings
  • Provide stationary and photocopying services for workshops/ meetings
  • Provide guidance, advise and input on various tools and documents


  • Provide technical review of the existing women strategy to make sure the action plan is elaborated with a gender equality perspective
  • Provide consultant with examples of regional and global gender/women strategies, policies, and action plans
  • Provide guidance and input on the whole process mainly chain results and indicators related aspect
  • Provide guidance, advise and input on various tools and documents


The Consultant must meet the following qualifications:

Advanced Degree in Social Sciences or related field with considerable knowledge in development, gender issues, and human rights

  • Minimum 8-10 years of responsible experience in development work
  • Solid background on policy making work, strategic planning, and development of action plans
  • Strong experience with gender issues in general and in Lebanon in particular
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Strong analytical skills, a team player, dedication to perform within a multi-disciplinary collaboration, and the capacity to communicate efficiently and coordinate within a wide spectrum of partners
  • Fluency and good writing skills in English and Arabic
  • Excellent computer skills in various applications especially word processing, power point.

Interested candidates may apply online by providing:

  1. a most updated CV, and
  2. a cover letter mentioning the relevance of past/current experience with the requirements of the consultancy.

The documents must be sent to the following email address:

info-lebanon@unfpa.org by no later than May 15, 2012


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Sunday was a great sunny day to go and have a walk in the mountains;

This is what I did with my professors coming from France to visit the “Green Lebanon”;

I decided to introduce them to one of our cedar forest, with trees that are estimated 2000 years old.

But Upon our arrival to Al Chouf Natural Cedars Reserve, of Ain Zhalta, we were like astonished by the trees magnificence, and shocked by the environmental crimes that happen there; ( like the one discovered in Jaj cedar Forest) ;

On the Entrance of the Al Chouf Natural Cedars Reserve of Ain Zhalta,  a huge billboard explains that according to the “law 532 it is forbidden, to Hunt, to Park, to cut trees, flowers, to light fires” ( see image taken)

The big billboard ends with the “Natural reserve is yours and for your kids, help us in protecting it”;

But what we have seen and taken in pictures, are groups barbecuing under the trees, parking their 4X4, German cars, Korean cars, under the trees, in the long road of Ain Zhalta reserve;

What shocked us more were, the Charcoal bags and rest of fires lit under the very difficulty conserved cedars! I forgot the rifle cartridges we saw on our path! is killing the animals and birds that live in this forest  a way to protect and conserve the environment and Biosphere?!

cartdridges under the cedars


Charcoal under the cedars


this was my first time in Ain Zhalta’s forest, we walked near the people picnicking, and passed several parked cars, on the side ways of the dusty road, under the trees for 15 minutes; on the way back we decided to visit the Barouk natural reserve, with its eternal snow…;

I usually love to visit the CEDARs of el Chouf reserve, usually I go to el Barouk reserve, the guardians there do not let any car enter without briefing them, and the signs are clear, the priority is for the wild life of the forest, cars should slow down for animal to pass, there is a place for cars to park, after that people need to walk ( by foot) in the forest;  No fire, no Barbecue ….

A visitor pays a fee that helps in developing the reserve, and can visit the forest with a guide ; ( the guide is very friendly, talks in Arabic,  English or French) , and knows the life of the forest and the cedars perfectly…. our guide explained how the cedars grow, how  their shape changes with time, ( 1000 years old tree are like the one we have on our Lebanese Flag); our forest are known for the Cedrus Libanis kind of cedars ( they smell divine) ;

wall of snow

In El Barouk reserve under the sun, walls of snow still covers the trees, the sight is Beautiful, and very well conserved,

While going out of the reserve, visitors can buy honey( cedars honey!!) ….

I hope that the responsible s of the other forests and reserves will take a firm action against trespasses who do not respect the biosphere, and I hope  for the citizens and visitors of the forests to have more ethical behavior;

The Cedar Trees are something worth of protecting and not destroying, you need a picnic area, you can ask for it and it should be away from the valuable trees;

Rita Chemaly

for more information you can visit:

the fb page https://www.facebook.com/shoufcedar.org

the fb group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/shoufcedar/

the website: http://www.shoufcedar.org/scr.asp

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Finally, the draft law aiming to amend the Labor Law articles 28-29,  prepared by the NCLW, and submitted to the Lebanese Parliament by Member of Parliament and director of committees  Gilbert Zwein and Michel Moussa on 26/7/2011, was accepted by the lebanese government as a first step; Usually the Parliamentarian committees should discuss them, and vote the amendments, but as Nabih Berri Said and to foster cooperation between the Lebanese powers, he consulted the Government on that Issue;

the response of the governement was positive, maternity leave of women, needs to be extended to a period of ten weeks;

while waiting for the vote of the general assembly,

we can just applaud this positive step toward equality and women’s rights….

and dream, and act for a Paternity leave too!

Rita Chemaly

for more information please follow the article in al Akhbar

في جلسته الأخيرة، وافق مجلس الوزراء على اقتراحي قانون مقدّمين من النائبين جيلبرت زوين وميشال موسى، يقضيان برفع إجازة الأمومة من أربعين يوماً إلى عشرة أسابيع. قد يكون ما يحصل إنجازاً، لكنه سيبقى منقوصاً ما لم يدرس في اللجان النيابية، ويحُز موافقة المجلس النيابي من بعدها… ثم ينشر في الجريدة الرسمية

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Un article de Elham Manea, politologue Yemenite a l’institut des sciences politiques de l’universite de Zurich, dans lequel elle retrace les changements survenus dans les relations tribales au Yemen.


Un  article qui a été publie dans le Daily Star Libanais le 6 avril 2012

rita chemaly

Tribalism in Yemen has changed deeply

February’s presidential election in Yemen by no means marks the end of the country’s troubles. However, the suggestion that the United States host a new arrangement based on decentralized negotiation between tribal and regional leaders is not the way to solve them.

Such a call ignores lessons from Yemen’s past and underestimates the deep changes that have taken place in Yemeni society over the last decades. Although the tribal system continues to operate as the prevalent mode of social organization, it is crucial to recognize that the nature of tribal networks and institutions has changed drastically.

Historically, tribal networks compensated for the state’s lack of capacity. The tribe assumed the role of protector and provider: securing tribal territory, protecting water wells, and resolving conflicts between its members or with other tribes. In many ways, the tribe was the institution of first resort for financial backing and social support in times of crisis. It is perhaps very telling that Aden – where the nuclear family has displaced the tribe as the main social unit – is more affected by poverty than regions that have preserved tribalism, such as Shabwah, Mahra and Al-Dali.

Tribal sheikhs were also once accountable to their constituents: They were elected and could be voted out. Thus, a sheikh was often regarded as a first among equals, rather than an absolute ruler. Custom (Irf) governed the mediation of conflict within or outside the tribe and could not be violated without loss of honor – a distinct disgrace – and threat of severe penalty.

However, the calculated politics of patronage applied by the former Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, changed the nature of the relationship between tribal leaders and their constituencies. Saleh and the sheikhs had a number of incentives to engage in a new relationship. From the regime’s perspective, offering assistance to warring or otherwise weakened tribes undercut potentially strong alliances against it, and by incorporating tribal forms of arbitration, the regime also depleted tribal resources that could be used in opposition to the state. On the other side of the bargain, this patronage system afforded sheikhs freedom from accountability to their constituencies.

By successfully co-opting these leaders and rendering them dependent on Sanaa for privileges and largesse, Saleh’s patronage system eroded tribal codes and norms – ultimately leading to a leadership vacuum. Many sheikhs today are dramatically wealthier than their fellow tribesmen – and thus no longer dependent on their constituencies. More tribesmen are alienated from their leaders – who often take up residence in Sanaa and are only just beginning to abuse their power.

The most famous example is the case of the Jaashin area in Ibb, where the sheikh there evicted dozens of families in 2009 after they refused to pay “taxes” – they instead insisted on paying the municipalities directly. Additionally, there are reports of “private” prisons run by sheikhs who use them to intimidate and terrorize their own tribesmen – enough to cause Yemen’s Human Rights Minister Huriyya Mashhour to pledge to shut them down.

Saleh understood this reality belatedly. He mistakenly thought that securing the allegiance of sheikhs would ensure their tribes’ loyalties. But as was revealed in the uprisings that led to his removal from office, many tribe members did not follow the orders of their “leaders.” In this context, it is difficult to imagine how the United States would host a new arrangement based on decentralized negotiation with leaders who can no longer deliver.

Perhaps we should look to the Sultanate of Oman as a source of inspiration – particularly to its strategy used to integrate the region’s tribes and end the Dhofar Rebellion in the 1970s. Oman managed to overcome Dhofar’s isolation by connecting it to Muscat while simultaneously instilling a sense of national identity in its population through three major initiatives.

First, the government pardoned all the Dhofari fighters who were willing to switch sides: Those who accepted amnesty were retrained and incorporated into the armed forces. As a result, hundreds of Dhofari rebels deserted and joined Sultan Qaboos’ “Firqat” Irregulars. These squads ranged in size from 30 to 100 men, the majority of which were defected rebels and local tribesmen trained to operate as a paramilitary force.

Not only did this strategy help secure the support of the tribes from which members of the Firqat were drawn, but it also built up the squads as provisional regional governments, which may have helped rebuild trust in the central government. At the very least, this was a clear departure from previous policies of dispatching regular forces composed mostly of Pakistani soldiers.

The tribal factor was also especially important in Oman’s efforts to create an administrative network in the region and to ensure the allegiance of both tribal leaders and local people. Like the rest of the country at the time, Dhofar lacked a basic civil service. Starting in 1974, the new sultan set up several ministries to run Dhofar’s public affairs. And although the heads of these ministries lived in Muscat, local branches were set up for each, and their representatives were usually elected – rather than appointed – tribal leaders.

By addressing the economic and social demands and grievances of the population of Dhofar, the state aimed to undermine the very basis of the rebels’ cause. Between 1971 and 1975 the Omani government used generous funding from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to allocate 25 percent of the nation’s development budget to Dhofar alone and provide for the construction of local roads, airports, schools, clinics, and power stations. While promising to make the province economically self-sufficient by 1980, the overarching objective of the program was, however, to instill “pride in the community and a spirit of nation-building.” These efforts both appeased the Dhofari population and strengthened the connection between the center and the periphery.

All of this would not have been possible had the state been absent from the equation. The state is very much key to any attempt to solve Yemen’s problems, and hitherto has been hampered by weakness and corruption stemming from the rule of a single clan – one more interested in filling its coffers than addressing the needs of its population. But for this, we should not blame the state: Blame instead the leaders – and get to work.

Elham Manea is an associate professor at Zurich University’s Institute of Political Science. She specializes in Yemeni affairs and is the author of “Regional Politics in the Gulf” and “The Arab State and Women’s Rights: The Trap of Authoritarian Governance.” This commentary first appeared at Sada, an online journal published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2012/Apr-06/169391-tribalism-in-yemen-has-changed-deeply.ashx#ixzz1sYwdmhu1

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a lire, le nouveau Special d’avril 2012 ( en vente dans les librairies) , avec le dossier special sur le droit a transmettre la nationalite par les femmes Libanaises a leur famille!

rita chemaly

a lire dans le Special d’avril 2012 (en vente dans les librairies ) le dossier special droit des femmes a la Nationalite

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plusieurs sites internet gouvernementaux sont pirates ce matin, par un parti qui se nomme “Raise Your Voice”  ,

Dont le site de la présidence libanaise, du ministère de la justice, des douanes,….

les pirates ont promis de continuer de pirater les sites du gouvernement, tant que celui ci ne s’attache pas a défendre les droits des citoyens….

a vous la capture d’écran prise d’un des sites pirates!

Rita Chemaly

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نساء يطالبن بـ«توضيح الأسس المرجعية» للجنسيّة: قصـص أمّهـات وأسـر تعيـش غريبـة في وطنها / سعدى علوه
ترك الموسيقي الأميركي توماس هورنيغ حصة التدريس في إحدى الجامعات اللبنانية، اعتذر من طلابه، ومضى يلتحق بالنساء اللواتي اعتصمن أمس، أمام السرايا الحكومية، للمطالبة بإعادة حق المرأة اللبنانية بمنح جنسيتها لأسرتها. استغل توماس مشاركة مستشار رئيس مجلس الوزراء، خلدون الشريف، النساء اعتصامهن، وراح يحدثه عن حقه وحق ابنته بنيل جنسية زوجته اللبنانية، التي هي للمناسبة أستاذة جامعية أيضاً. قال توماس إن ابنته التي تبلغ 11 عاماً من العمر، ولدت في لبنان، وتجيد اللغة العربية بامتياز، والفرنسية والإنكليزية، والأهم أنها تسأله دائماً لماذا لا يمكنها أن تكون لبنانية، مثل أمها؟ يشارك توماس في الاعتصام لا من اجل حق ابنته بالحصول على جنسية والدتها فحسب، بل من اجل حق زوجته بمنحه الجنسية شخصياً. قررت زوجة توماس أن تعود لممارسة مهنة التعليم في إحدى الجامعات اللبنانية في العام 1995. يومها، «لم يكن العيش في لبنان قراراً سهلاًُ»، يقول. مع ذلك، شاركها التحدي وعادا «في الوقت الذي كان فيه كثر من اللبنانيين يغادرونه»، وعزف موسيقاه في الحفل الفني الأول الذي هدف إلى الإعلان عن عودة الحياة إلى قلب بيروت. ومن بيروت إلى قلعة الشقيف، حمل توماس آلته الموسيقية ورافق الفنانة جوليا بطرس ليحتفل بتحرير قلب الوطن. ومن الشقيف إلى الكويت رافق الفنان شربل روحانا لإحياء حفل خيري يعود ريعه لمصلحة لبنان. على الرغم من ذلك، لا يحق لزوجته أن تمنحه الجنسية «عليّ أن أعيش دائماً مع ابنتي كأسرة غريبة في لبنان»، يقول بحسرة. وأثارت مطالبة توماس بحق زوجته بمنح الجنسية لأسرتها استغراب بعض اللبنانيين المعتصمين: «أميركي وعم يطالب بالجنسية اللبنانية!»، قال البعض، فيما اقترح آخرون مبادلته جواز السفر «عم نموت حتى نهاجر ويصير معنا باسبور أجنبي، شو بدو بالجنسية اللبنانية». في القرب من «الأميركي»، وقفت مي جلول، أم لأربعة ابناء توزعوا في دول غربية بعدما اكتسبوا الجنسيات الأميركية والأوروبية. تريد جلول الإعتراف بحقها بمنح جنسيتها لأولادها مثل أي «حق بديهي وقانوني غير قابل للمناقشة او التنازل». ربّت جلول أبناءها وحيدة بعدما توفي زوجها وكان طبيباً فلسطينياً، إلى أن تخصصوا في الطب والهندسة ومهن «مشرّفة أخرى»، قالت. ومع ذلك «يحجب عنهم وطني جنسيتي وكأنني لست لبنانية، وكأن دمي ليس لبنانياً بسبب التمييز السلبي ضد المرأة عندنا». أمس، لبت نساء لبنانيات متزوجات بأجانب دعوة «حملة جنسيتي حق لي ولأسرتي» للاعتصام أمام السرايا الحكومية، تزامناً مع انعقاد جلسة مجلس الوزراء، «لعل المجتمعين يروننا ويسعون صوتنا ويتذكرون حقنا»، قلن. وتجمّعن من حول مستشار الرئيس ميقاتي خلدون الشريف وهو يحدثهن عن تأييد «دولته لحقهن بمنح الجنسية لأولادهن من دون تمييز، وبسعيه الشخصي للاعتراف الرسمي بهذا الحق». ولأن «الرئيس لا يختصر مجلسي الوزراء والنواب»، كما قال، نصح الشريف النساء اللبنانيات، وليس المتزوجات من أجانب فحسب، بالضغط على هؤلاء فرداً فرداً لمواجهة «المحاذير الطائفية والمذهبية التي تواجه تعديل القانون». أجوبة لم تقنع المعتصمات اللواتي جئن يسألن عن الهدف من إحالة تعديل القانون إلى لجنة وزارية، وصفوها بـ«مقبرة القوانين». وأمس، عبر رواية كل منهن معاناة اسرتها مع العيش غرباء في لبنان، حاولت بعض نساء لبنان أن «يترجمن» للمسؤولين في الدولة، ومن ضمنهم حكومتها بكامل أعضائها، معنى سياستهم التمييزية ضد المرأة، وانعكاسها على أوضاع أسرهن. كانت كل واحدة منهن تقف ووجهها إلى السرايا، لتبدأ، وبأعلى صوتها، رواية تفاصيل من حياة صغيرة يحولها حرمانها من حقها بمنح الجنسية لأسرتها إلى معاناة كبيرة. وأمس طالبت حملة «جنسيتي حق لي ولأسرتي» باسمهن «الإسراع في العمل على صوغ قانون جديد، على الرغم من وجود مشاريع قانونية كثيرة «كافية ووافية» وبصيغ متعددة. وطالبت اللجنة الوزارية الخاصة بدراسة مشروع القانون، ومعها مجلس الوزراء، بـ«توضيح الأسس المرجعية والمبادئ التي ستستند إليها في عملها، وبفصل الموضوع عن أي قضايا أخرى متعلقة بتعديل قانون الجنسية برمته». وأعادت الحملة تأكيدها على ضرورة عمل اللجنة الوزارية من دون أي استثناءات لجنسية معينة، وباعتبار حق المرأة بمنح جنسيتها لأسرتها حق طبيعي وليس «تجنيساً أو توطيناً»، على اعتبار أن ذلك جزء من حقهن بالمواطنة الكاملة، ومدخل لتعزيز المواطنة للرجال والنساء، والتأكيد على انسجام الحق بجنسية المرأة مع صلب الدستور الذي يكفل المساواة بين الجنسين
Twin  rallies held in Beirut for women’s nationality rights, professors’ benefits
April 04, 2012  02:20 AM By Justin  Salhani

BEIRUT: Two separate rallies took place in Downtown Beirut Tuesday, one  demanding Lebanese women be granted the right to pass their nationality to their  husbands and children, and the other calling for full-time contracts to be given  to deserving Lebanese University professors.

A sit-in of about 80 people took place in Riad Solh Square to protest the  current Lebanese nationality law.

The group, named Jinsiyyati (My Nationality), took aim at the committee  assembled by Parliament to discuss amending the standing law.

The current committee has repeatedly stated that it is working toward  promulgating a law that would allow Lebanese women to pass on their nationality  to their children, so long as their husbands are not Palestinian.

The campaigners took issue with such a tack and called on the committee to  reconsider the principles of the law, asking that Lebanese women be allowed to  pass on their nationality not only to their children but to their husbands as  well, with “no exceptions.”

Lama Naja, Jinsiyyati’s coordinator, told The Daily Star that if husbands of  Lebanese women are not granted Lebanese nationality, some might be forced to  abandon their children. With “no social security, no medical assistance and no  insurance” in Lebanon, such men might well move elsewhere, she claimed.

Khaldoun Sharif, an adviser to Prime Minister Najib Mikati, said that the  current situation is “unbelievable and unacceptable” but spoke of support for  change among certain politicians, including the prime minister. “[Mikati]  supports [the campaign] 100 percent. This campaign is right,” he insisted.

Another man in the crowd was Thomas Hornig, an American saxophonist who has  lived in Lebanon since 1994.

“I fell in love with a Lebanese woman at university in Paris,” Hornig said. “After university she wanted to go back to her country.”

Hornig was hired as a musician at the National Conservatory and has since  been a Professor of Saxophone in addition to performing with the Lebanese  Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I work or play or teach almost 24 hours a day and I still can’t make ends  meet. I’ve paid my own residency and insurance for 14 years,” he complained.

Hornig argued that he’s done his part for his newly adopted country and  deserves citizenship. “When the Israelis left in 2000, I performed with Julia  Boutros, and in 2006 I was in Kuwait with Charbel Rouhana at a benefit for  victims of the war [with Israel].”

With so many people in the country unable to claim Lebanese nationality  because they were born to Lebanese mothers and foreign fathers, Hornig feels  Lebanon faces an increasing “brain drain.”

Also Tuesday, a small group of professors from the Lebanese University  gathered in the same area to demand full-time contracts.

The group of around 50 professors congregated in Riad al-Solh Square to  bemoan their ineligibility for benefits, including transportation allowance,  health care and a pension plan.

“We have no benefits at all,” said Rania Majzoub Sabra, adding that every  professor in attendance held a doctorate but was still being manipulated by the  state institution.

Majzoub Sabra rued the fact that although part-time teachers have the same  workload as their full-time counterparts and are members of the same committees  at the university, they are still paid on an hourly basis because it’s cheaper  for the university.

She added that the current problem stemmed from sectarian politics in  Lebanon, saying that the hiring of full-time teachers was based on unofficial  quotas for the representation of political parties among the teaching staff.

“We want academic standards,” Sabra said.

… واعتصام رمزي لـ”جنسيتي حق لي ولأسرتي”

نفذت حملة “جنسيتي حق لي ولاسرتي” اعتصاما رمزيا في ساحة رياض الصلح مقابل السرايا، وتلت لما نجا مذكرة توجهت فيها باسم الحملة الى مجلس الوزراء واللجنة الوزارية المؤلفة من نائب رئيس المجلس سمير مقبل، وزير الشؤون الاجتماعية وائل ابو فاعور، وزير الداخلية مروان شربل، وزير العدل شكيب قرطباوي، وطالبتهم بـ”الاسراع في العمل على صوغ القانون الجديد للجنسية وتوضيح الاسس المرجعية، والمبادىء التي ستستند اليها خلال عملها، وفصل موضوع اعطاء النساء اللبنانيات حقهن بمنح الجنسية لاسرهن عن اي قضية اخرى متعلقة بقانون الجنسية”. وتسلم المذكرة مستشار رئيس مجلس الوزراء نجيب ميقاتي، خلدون الشريف الذي قال: “ان قضية منح الام اللبنانية جنسيتها لاسرتها لها بعد وطني وانساني وشرعي وليست لغاية سياسية”. وقالت حياة ارسلان: “ان هذه القضية هي قضية مساواة والهدف ايصالها عبر الكلمة والحوار الى عقول المسؤولين بمستوى راق”، وطالبت “اللجنة التي تدرس قانون الجنسية بتحقيق الوعود”.

source: Annahar http://www.annahar.com/article.php?t=mahaly&p=14&d=24696

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