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 The gay rights group Helem has successfully petitioned to prevent Lebanese singer Mohamed Eskandar from performing songs they consider homophobic at a concert in Canada. Eskandar is due to perform in Montreal Saturday night, and in Ottawa the next evening.

A Lebanese-Canadian gay rights group, Helem (Dream), works toward the abolition of Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code which, in effect, outlaws homosexuality.

In an open letter condemning the invitation of Eskandar to perform in Canada, the group lobbied the owners of each venue – both of whom have promised in writing that the singer-songwriter would not perform two songs which the group deems offensive, “Dod al-Enef” and “Joumhoureyet Qalbi.”

“Dod al-Enef,” which literally translates to “Against Violence” is, according to Helem, “a slogan commonly used by the LGBT [Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender] community in its advocacy against discrimination.

“The title was purposely used to ridicule the LGBT cause and advocacy efforts. The song starts by depicting two parents fighting because of their son’s sexual orientation and blaming the gay son for the disputes and separation of his parents.”

The song, and video, goes on to mock men who are not masculine. “Without jealousy and real masculinity, women are in trouble,” the lyrics read. “Ever since the military service stopped, half [the] men became plagued by the disease of femininity.”

In his “Joumhoureyet Qalbi” (“The Republic of My Heart”), the Baalbek native encourages women to stay at home, rather than find a job.

“We have no girls here that work with their degrees,” Eskandar sings. “Our girls are pampered. Everything she wants is at her service …

“Assuming I agree that you work,” the song continues, “what would we do about your beauty? Your job is taking care of my heart … it’s enough that you’re the republic of my heart.”

When “Joumhoureyet Qalbi” was released in 2010, a protest was held by women’s rights activists in Beirut.

In the open letter, Helem writes, “Mr. Eskandar has a long-standing record of homophobic slurs and behavior. Helem Montreal condemns in the strongest possible terms the invitation for Mr. Eskandar to sing at a concert in Canada. Mr. Eskandar’s offensive art contradicts Canadian values and amounts to hate speech.”

According to the Ottawa Citizen daily, Elie Abou Assi, the son of the owner of Ottawa’s El Mazaj Restaurant (where Eskandar is scheduled to perform), said he wasn’t familiar with “Dod al-Enef” before he was contacted by Helem. He added that when he had booked the act, he’d done so with an eye to the popularity of the performer.

“All we cared about was doing our business, and we know what our customers want and we know who they want to watch. So we just bring them, whoever they want,” he told the paper. But he said he understood Helem’s concern: “I can see their point of view.”

The Ottawa Citizen reported that Sam Khoury, president of Helem in Montreal, said that had the owners not agreed to request that Eskandar not perform the two songs, the group had planned to protest outside the venues.

“We just wanted to make sure these songs this guy was singing in particular would not be sung,” he said, calling the tunes and their accompanying videos “gross” and “beyond acceptable.”

The group would prefer to educate than to make enemies, Khoury said. “We demystify homosexuality within these groups and communities.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 31, 2012, on page 16.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Performance/2012/Aug-31/186193-advocacy-group-helem-protests-tasteless-lyrics.ashx#ixzz25A3Eg9y2
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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le numéro 9 de la publication du ministère de l’économie et du commerce est sorti!

a vous un synopsis de toutes les campagnes qui avisent le consommateur de ses droits….

des astuces pour reconnaître les viandes avariées, les tricheries : miel, lait liquide, café, sucre sel…..

toutes les astuces sont disponibles via le lien de la nouvelle publication

rita chemaly

http://www.economy.gov.lb/public/uploads/files/CPnewsletter/CPDe-newsletter9.pdf

صدور العدد التاسع من نشرة حماية المستهلك الإلكترونية (صيف 2012)
التاريخ: 27 آب 2012

 حرصاً من وزارة الإقتصاد والتجارة على شفافية عملها وسعياً لإتاحة المجال أمام المستهلك اللبناني للإطّلاع بشكل دوري على أحدث الإرشادات والنصائح التوعوية وعلى أنشطة الوزارة بوجه عام ومديرية حماية المستهلك بشكل خاص، قامت الوزارة بإصدار العدد التاسع (صيف 2012) من “نشرة حماية المستهلك” الالكترونية، المتوفر بشكل مجاني على الموقع الرسمي للوزارة  www.economy.gov.lb. تهدف هذه النشرة الى زيادة الوعي الثقافي فيما يتعلق بمفهوم حقوق وواجبات المستهلك والمحترف في لبنان، عبر التطرّق إلى جميع المواضيع التي تعالجها الوزارة ولا سيما هموم المستهلكين ومنها سلامة السلع وبالأخص موضوع الأمن الغذائي، الغش التجاري، محاربة التقليد والتزوير وغيرها من المواضيع. كما تشجع المستهلكين الى المطالبة بهذه الحقوق عبر تقديم الشكاوى على الخط الساخن 1739 التابع لمديرية حماية المستهلك، لأن الحماية الأمثل لا تستكمل دون التزام تام من المستهلك والتاجر على حدّ سواء بالأنماط السلوكية الصحيحة وبالقوانين والقرارات التي تدعو لها الوزارة للوصول إلى مجتمع أفضل.

وأبرز ما يتضمنه هذا العدد المقالات التالية:
الاستراتيجية الوطنية للأمن الغذائي“، بقلم معالي وزير الاقتصاد والتجارة الاستاذ نقولا نحاس؛
ضبط سلامة الغذاء: نظام تتبع ومهمات متكاملة بين الوزارات” ، مدير عام الاقتصاد والتجارة بالانابة م. فؤاد فليفل؛
خطة تفعيل العمل الرقابي داخل البلديات: نجاح مميّز ونتائج ملموسة للمستهلكين“، خبير الادارة والتسويق م. عماد يوسف؛
الغش في الغذاء: آفة حالية لمشكلة قديمة“، الخبير في العلوم الغذائية د. ايلي بو يزبك؛
التحضير للعام الدراسي 2012 -2013: مراقبة مبيعات الكتب والقرطاسية واللوازم المدرسية”، رئيس قسم الاسعار موسى كريم؛
مكتب مقاطعة إسرائيل: دوره وأهدافه“، الاستاذ هيثم البواب؛
تحديث وتطوير مركز تلقي الشكاوى 1739 من أجل خدمة أفضل للمستهلكين“، الخبير في المعلوماتية علي بيطار؛
ضبط تسعيرة مولدات الكهرباء“، الخبير الاقتصادي رازي وديع الحاج؛
اللحوم … نقاط سبع للتأكد من معيار جودتها“، الاخصائيتان في مراقبة سلامة الغذاء دانيا الخوري وماريز الشامي؛
عقد الترخيص باستعمال العلامة التجارية وآثاره الإيجابية في حماية المستهلك“، المراقب المساعد فادي علاء الدين؛
 
بالإضافة الى العديد من المقالات حول الانشطة التي قامت بها مديرية حماية المستهلك خلال فصلي الربيع والصيف.
للإطلاع على هذا العدد والأعداد السابقة أنقر على العنوان التالي:
كما ونتمنى عليكم المساعدة في إيصال هذه النشرة إلى أكبر عدد ممكن من المواطنين وذلك عبر إعادة توجيه هذه الرسالة إلى كل من يهمه الامر.
للراغبين بإرسال آرائهم أو باستلام أحدث نسخة من هذه النشرة على عنوانهم الإلكتروني الخاص فور نشرها، الرجاء توجيه رسائلكم إلى العنوان التاليcpdnews@economy.gov.lb

 

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How a women body is linked to a car sale?????!!!! or to excitement?????

our bodies shouldn’t be used as objects!! those are sacred things!!!

such adv is in my point of view crap…. and sexist!!! :-(( grrrr!!

rita

 

to read subject on the same matter…

Mazda billboard using woman’s body to sell more cars…..

 

 

Kherrberr.org Les “Must See” des Publicites sexistes

You can be Seduced by a Taouk…. or a warak arich on a women body

الاعلانات مش قصة اباحية Ton corps n’est pas un jeu entre leurs mains

Salons de Beaute pour ENFANTS! au Liban tout est travaille pour Arranger l’image de soi

 

When is Nudity in Advertising Sexist?

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Dear Readers,

Kindly find below the latest issue of the Middle East & North Africa Gender and Development e-Brief (No 123)

Best regards,  CRTD.A / IRIS

The Middle East &North Africa  “Gender and Development E-Brief”  Issue #123 August 2012

NEWS & ARTICLES

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GENDER ACTIVISM
Tunisians protest to demand legal protection of women’s rights

Lebanese protest against anal exams on suspected gays

Lebanese advocates ABAAD partner with men for gender equality

United Arab Emirates – First Women’s Museum

Libya – Women Win 33 Seats in National Assembly Elections

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Women Refugees Flee Conflict & Gender-Based Violence in Syria

Devil in the detail: abortion drug [misoprostol] banned in Turkey

Iran Obstructs Women’s Access to Education, Moves Closer to Segregating University Classes and Bars Women’s Entry to Certain Majors

And … Aggressive Enforcement by Morality Police as for the Women’s Dress Code in Iran

on the same issue you can read the previous article on how to wear a hijad in Palestine ( veil)

Women in Gaza: how life has changed

Several arrested as sexual harassment surges in Cairo

GENDER & HUMAN RIGHTS

Egypt’s Mursi appoints Christian man and two women for his cabinet

Women-Only Industrial Cities in Saudi Arabia

Women in Prison – Drama-Social & Personal Issues in Lebanon

Woman Triumphs over Disability – Inspiring Video

Women’s Land Rights – International Land Coalition 
 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign Newsletter, Issue Zero 

UN Women congratulates the government and people of Tunisia

Development Index for Countries -Gender Equality Indicator?

CALLS

Call for Papers – Mapping FeministMovements, Moments,Mobilisations – 2013 Conference – Feminist & Women’s Studies Association, UK & Ireland (FWSA) 

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The Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign is pleased to introduce the zero issue of its new Nationality Newsletter.

The Nationality Newsletter seeks to highlight key news related to this advocacy campaign.  It also provides regular updates on the campaign’s activities seeking to reform the nationality law in Lebanon.

 

This ad hoc newsletter will also include a regular feature which provides information on important and relevant legal and administrative procedures of interest to Lebanese women married to non-nationals. Each issue will also profile one of the women leaders of the campaign in an effort to recognize the daily struggles of women in Lebanon in seeking justice, equality and an end to discrimination.

 

We hope that this newsletter will contribute to mobilizing more supporters for this just cause and to the recognition to women’s full citizenship rights.

 

To access this issue, kindly click the following link: http://crtda.org.lb/webfm_send/7

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About

WHAT IS IT?

SHARE Beirut is a weekend-long public, free and non-commercial hybrid event blending an Internet culture and technology related daytime conference with dynamic cutting-edge music festival by night. It will bring together hundreds of passionate people, forward-thinkers, cultural creatives, activists and artists from Lebanon as all around the world for talks and parties in 72 hours of powerful gathering to share ideas, knowledge and creativity.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

It’s about understanding and celebrating Internet culture and all the aspects of open, decentralized and accessible forms of communication, exchange and creation. It’s about empowerment of individuals and networking of like-minded people. It’s about setting the values and new standards that will prevent any kind of oppression, censorship and surveillance for future generations. It’s about understanding alternative economic, cultural and educational models. It’s about Internet ecology and struggles to protect Internet as open and free territory for all of us. It’s about energizing sub-cultural groups and praising diversity that these cultures are bringing. It’s about promoting open access to software, hardware, information, knowledge, science, government, design and almost everything else that can be open. It’s about sharing. It’s about how to do it yourself. But mostly, it’s about cats doing flips, birds flying over the moon and robots making biiips.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

During the 3 days of the conference Beirut will become the world’s epicenter in exchanging progressive ideas and knowledge on Internet culture, society, technology, music and new media. The lectures and talks will be given by leading international stars in these fields, world-class bloggers and artists who will educate the audience on new forms of activism and approaches in using advanced technologies and the latest tools to create, influence and affect. Discussions will delve deep into the underground of the Internet subcultures and explore groups that fight for digital and human rights, free information flow and access, improving transparency, and protecting the privacy of fellow peers and residents. The event will be accompanied by an intensive music program, which will be simultaneously organized in several well-selected clubs and alternative venues in Beirut. Contributors and visitors who obtain one of 1500 unique free wristbands will get access to both day and night events where many local, regional and international artists will perform for audiences who will share vibes and energy to celebrate the Internet as open and free territory for all.

WHEN WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

From 5th to 7th of October (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) 2012.
Get ready and don’t plan anything else for this weekend. 🙂

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THE EVENT IS FREE, BUT DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

Yes. Even though the main venue is huge and several clubs are on board, capacity is limited, so it is important that you register for the event. Around 1500 unique wristbands will give access to over 80 talks, exhibitions, concerts and DJ sets, so we encourage you to register as quickly as you can. Moreover, we encourage you to contribute and help us make this event even better.

WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

Main conference venue is Solea V in Beirut – a dazzling and very hip venue promising to host large events, dripping with atmosphere. The center boasts a huge skylight, and an indoor tree under high ceilings. Night program venues, clubs and program are soon to be announced, so be sure to subscribe to the newsletter.

Location: Jisr el Wati, next to Jaguar Dealership Sin El-Fil
Capacity: 1500 people

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WHO ARE WE?

Share is organized by Share Foundation, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting the rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology. The activities of Share Foundation are supported by cooperation and friendship with a wide network of various institutions, individuals and organizations such as State of Exit FoundationGoogleVimeoMozilla Foundation.MeErste FoundationInstitute for Sustainable Communities,Electronic Frontiers FoundationPirate PartyFlattrDigitalna AgendaRepublica …

HOW YOU CAN JOIN US?

IF YOU ARE A COMPANY OR FOUNDATION
We are not looking for sponsors, we are trying to find partners who will share our vision of creating social and cultural impact on society.
Check our presentation (pdf) and contact us

IF YOU ARE A GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION
Issues and topics that we are addressing are important for every system and society. Freedom of speech, ecology of media, internet neutrality, privacy and transparency should be on the list of priorities of any responsible government.
Check our presentation (pdf) and contact us

IF YOU ARE AN ACTIVIST
Contact us. We will try to help as much as we can in your activities. We can create this event together, give you opportunity to spend 3 days with an international expert in your field of work, give you a space and time to present yourself or even try to fundraise for your activities.

IF YOU ARE ARTIST, MUSICIAN, BLOGGER, NEW MEDIA MAKER 
Do something together with us. We will organize a lot of collaborative activities before, during and after Share Beirut: remixing, crowd-designing, filmmaking, street art and interventions, flash mobs.
Here you can check some of our previous activities:

IF YOU ARE JUST ONE REALLY NICE PERSON 
Donate (Karma +1).

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WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Multiple award winning and Vimeo staff picked documentary about the first SHARE Conference that happened long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time at info@sharebeirut.net

The Force is strong with this event.

 

http://www.sharebeirut.net/en/about

 

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World Development Report 2012: 

Gender Equality and Development looks at the facts and trends surrounding the various dimensions of gender equality in the context of the development process: although many women around the world continue to struggle with gender-based disadvantages, much has changed for the better and at a more rapid pace than ever before. But that progress needs to be expanded, protected, and deepened.

 

While development has closed some gender gaps—in educational enrollment, life expectancy, and labor force participation—other gaps persist, including excess deaths of girls and women, disparities in girls’ schooling, unequal access to economic opportunities, and differences in voice in households and society.

 

The report argues that gender equality is a core development objective in its own right. It is also smart economics. Greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generation, and make institutions more representative. For more information about this landmark report, visit worldbank.org/wdr2012. For more data, visit the World Bank Data on Gender site.

 

http://www.app.collinsindicate.com/worldbankatlas-gender/en-us

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