Archive for January, 2014

thanks hayat for tagging me! I loved this movie!

it is typically what I am Living Right now!!!!

habibi Jean-Noel, I give up sooo many times, he get on my nurves soo many times, but I cannot but laugh , cuddle nurse and LOVE him soo much!! he is teaching me how love grow, and teaching me how to be Patient, and how to be a mom 🙂


for the mum’s to watch this very short video!

“In “You Made Me a Mom,”

You may be able to watch this entire clip without realizing what it is an ad for. (Answer: The Boba baby carrier, which makes a couple of quick cameos.) It is far more difficult to get through the thing without tearing up.

The script was inspired by real moms’ comments in Boba’s community. “These parents often share their own stories about how becoming a mother changed their lives. We wanted to document and share that thought, since it is such an amazing gift,” a representative for the company told HuffPost.

So, which line can you make it to without crying?

I felt you. You were a pea. Then a lemon. Then an eggplant.  I followed advice. I read twelve books. I quit coffee. 

Could you tell I was scared?

I talked to you, sang to you… I wasn’t ready. 

But then you were here. Ten toes. Eight pounds. Love. Big fat love.

I held you. I fed you. I realized that I would spend my life doing things to make you happy — and that that would make me happy.

And then there are the times I want to give up. You’ve made me rethink my sanity. You’ve made me want to fall on my mother’s feet and tell her that I get it.

But then you smile and you say my name — and you grab my hand with those little fingers.

We’re growing together. We are seeing the world like it’s new. I will open my heart and love will rain down all over you. You’ll giggle, and I’ll do it all over again. And we will walk hand in hand. Until you let go.

I made you, but you made me a mother.”  source http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/23/you-made-me-a-mother-video_n_4641465.html


Rita Chemaly

emm-Hannah-Miled 🙂


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Finally a grassroot campaign by 2 women activists was launched in Lebanon to object how women are objectified and sexualised in the ads!

the campaign will have many components, at first they will begin with a social media campaign aiming to raise awarness against those ads I always was furious against!

Using a catchy slogan in arabic campaigners of the Female Organisation  are asking marketeers to stop selling women with all their products.

Here is a link to the report Al Jadeed did about the campaign http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3lzxvn8D_k

and here is a snapshot of the campaign cover picture!

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And here is their short video created for the campaign:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unvGiUS6ooM&feature=player_embedded

Again and again we should stop the stereotypes of being interiorised by societies, we should stop sexualising women bodies, We should Put and End to Discrimination!

So kuddos to Alia and Hayat,

Rita Chemaly

Here are my previous  posts related to the same subject:

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On parle de Daesh et de Al Nosra pour faire peur aux gens au Liban, en Syrie et en Irak?

Mais aujourd’hui nous avons decouvert Rody et moi que dans le conte du Petit Poucet que nous lisions pour notre petit de 4 mois, des horreurs pires que celles de Daesh existent!! De un les termes et mots utilisés sont pour le moins que je puisse dire “horripilants”

“Travaillons hardiment. En disant ces mots, il coupa sans balancer la gorge  à ses sept filles.”

et encore, dans ce conte les femmes sont stereotypées!

“Elle monta en haut où elle fut bien surprise lorsqu’elle aperçut ses sept filles égorgées et nageant dans leur sang. Elle commença par s’évanouir (car c’est le premier expédient que trouvent presque toutes les femmes en pareilles rencontres).”

?!? Et ce genre de conte est memorise par les Enfants!!

voila le lien ou toute l’histoire du Petit Poucet de Perrault est publiée http://clpav.fr/lecture-poucet.htm

et vous me demandez pourquoi en regardant les exactions de Daesh et Al Nosra on fait des cauchemars? Et qu’est -ce qui arrive avec des histoires pareilles ? on fait de beaux reves?

Rita Chemaly

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The short movie that appeared on LBCI news, is highlighting again the spur of the early marriages problem in Lebanon.

the fact is that child bride problem has been increasing within the refugee communities in Lebanon first Palestinian and now Syrian.

Many reports have exposed how girls of  less than 12 years old are being sold as child brides in refugee camps in Lebanon in 2013!

(Here are some articles about it Stolen Lives: Lebanon suffers problem of child brides , The Selling of Syria’s Refugee Child Brides, Marriages of shame, Child marriage on rise among Syrian refugees – aid groups , Syrian Refugees: Forced into Marrying off Their Daughters )

The problem is not new, but the stories are increasing with the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing the horrible war in their country , and child marriages are turning out into lucrative business for poor families.

Some religious authorities are part of this shameful act.

here is the link to LBCI report : published in January 2014 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIw_NNBVdr4 and in which the dad talks about a religious man working on marrying his child.

here is the part of the UNICEF (MENA Gender Equality Profile) report that explains Lebanon situation related to child marriages:

Protection from child marriage.

There is no common minimum age of marriage that applies to all young Lebanese women and men as the personal status laws of the different religious denominations define the minimum age. In Lebanon’s third periodic CEDAW report (2006) the marriage ages of girls and boys for 10 different religious groups are listed. All of these religious groups allow girls under the age of 18 to marry. Among Sunni and Shiite Muslims, marriages of girls as young as 9 years old can be licenced given that approval is granted, although it is no longer customary that such young girls marry. Among the Jewish denomination, girls as young as 12.5 years old may  marry, and among the Syrian Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox a girl may be as young as 14 years old when she marries. For boys of most religious groups the marriageable age is 18, although marriages of younger boys can be approved by most of the groups.

it is needless to say, Lebanon has to put a halt to this, and to Forbid Child Marriages, as it is stipulated in Convention on the Right of the child ratified by Lebanon, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women ( CEDAW) also ratified by Lebanon, and other International treaties Lebanon should sign and Ratify such as the Convention on the Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriage  after changing and amending its personal status laws!

Here is a working paper by Unicef too that shed lights on the child marriage problem Child marriage and the law.

Rita Chemaly

Child marriage in Lebanon Rita Chemaly researcher

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Determination of #Saudi #Woman owner of a restaurant! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r4-jydm9IY

Sweden and the Middle East Views

Hi Jenny – this Saudi woman could be interesting for you to write about her” my half-Kuwaiti half-Saudi friend started her email to me the other day.

In the coastal city of Dammam, Saudi Arabia, an occurence has taken place that hasn’t yet reached English international news. The Saudi woman Nora Almoqateeb was able to open a new restaurant-concept in her own name, kitchen-run by all female, despite public pressure not to. When Nora came up with the concept for the restaurant Nooryat, the first official employee receiving the application refused to give her the license to open restaurant. As Nora describes in the video (unfortunately available in Arabic only):

“He threw the file in the drawer and said ‘Are you crazy? You want to mess up the country and the women? It’s forbidden!'”

But she didn’t give up instead went to research in the local laws…

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if you are interested in the status of Lebanon and whether Lebanon has ratified , accessed or signed a treaty, convention, protocol…

please do find attached this great map I found on the United Nations Website (United Nations treaty United Nations treaty collection, direct link, https://treaties.un.org/ , last accessed on January 21 2014.  )

the full treaty name is here, the date of signature or ratification is also featured

Good luck for all the researchers!

Rita Chemaly

LEBANON Treaties signed

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and she went … by one of those horrible explosions targetting civil areas in my country. and as Gino said, Maria is not a number she is a person who lived, and we need to do something to stop those explosions! our lives are not a game in the hand of others! I m thinking what can we do? place scanners on the entrance of each place? go back to the defense by local and grassroots communities, creating sorts of militias? all ideas are welcome, we need to discuss them, measure them and take action, we don’t have a government to do so….

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Marketing & Women Book


Are you getting annoyed of Facebook or some of the behavior of your friends on the site especially women?

So if it happens to find her doing any of the 6 following things, you should inform her to stop doing so immediately because of the following reasons: 

1. Tagging Photos


Tagging your own photo or your friends photo on nightlife websites, especially when you take a pose of a hiphop “Yow yow” girl or when it comes to a extraordinary pose or when you are dressed like a …..

Why would you like to expose yourself to millions and be so proud of yourself and you are so proud to share the picture and show the entire society that you went to this or that club and then wait for your friends to start with those typical comments:

•  I miss you, miss you moi, miss you ktir wlii let’s…

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I am a new mother of a 3 months little boy and Leaving the newborn after 49 days is Horrible!

At 49 days, the little child is NOT sleeping at night yet, the little child needs to be nursed each 2 hours at least, he needs to be Breastfed,  at 49 days a little new born needs his parents and his Mother!!!!!

As for the mother, she needs to rest after the labour of the delivery and she needs to take care of herself and of her newborn! 49 days is not Enough for WORKING WOMEN in Lebanon!!! I can assure you, EVEN though I’m known as a workaholic and even though I love my work!

For working parents in Lebanon, the 49 days that are counted since the day of the delivery as per the labor law (even weekends are counted) are clearly Not Enough!

If I had not managed to take my personal vacation leaves after those 49 days, I would have left JN with his grandparents because I am lucky enough to have them.

But thinking of those parents who do not have a grandma who can take care of the newborn when the mother and dad are working , this is heartbreaking!

Lebanese Parliament members SHOULD MEET AND VOTE DURING A GENERAL ASSEMBLY on the draft law aiming at making the Maternity leave of 70 days!

this is the least women of Lebanon can accept!

Rita Chemaly a new mother who is waiting for the amendment of the Labor Law!

Ritachemaly campaign maternity leave

Some articles about the same issue:



Members of Parliament we Want an Extension of the Maternity Leave In Lebanon 


Maternity Leave In Lebanon is in the drawer of Parliament because of Political problems

March 21 is mother day but in Lebanon women are not treated fairly maternity leave is a must

en Avril Le Conseil des Ministres Allonge le Conge maternite a 10 semaines

Lebanese Mothers: Missing Their Babies … an article about maternity leave by C.Benoit

Le conge maternite au Liban en route vers la ratification finale

A step Forward to women’s rights … Maternity leave in Labor law is amended

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passeport libanais femme droitThe Institute of Progressive Women has been working on a campaign to make lebanese women rights taken into consideration in the travel form release by the General security in Lebanon

Now Lebanese mothers have to sign the form to issue a passport to their minor children, as well as have equal rights as the fathers for the travel permits.

below is the release sent by the great Wafaa Abed head of the Institute of Progressive women, related to that matter

Great work and great step forward

I advise you to watch the gr8t video that sheds light about women rights violation in Lebanon



Rita Chemaly



New TV:



Beirut 14/12/2013

Press release

Lebanese mothers’ present from the General Security

We are pleased to announce that the Lebanese General Security has issued new instruction aimed at bettering family relations by granting mothers and fathers equal rights as to issuance of passports and travel permits for their minor children. This amendment was published on their website. (check the link below)

After thorough study and in a constant effort to modernize and uphold human rights, the General Security and under the leadership of its Director, Major General Abbas Ibrahim has approved the dossier presented the Institute of Progressive Women (IPW).

We wish to thank all of those in the General Security who made this possible, with special appreciation and recognition to Major General Abbas Ibrahim for his leadership, the head of the relevant committee Brigadier Jihad al-Masri as well as all the members, and the Managing Judge, President Ziad Shebib.

We also take this opportunity to thank the associations and thousands of women and men who supported the campaign and signed the petition, appreciation also to Dr. Paul Morcos who authored the jurisprudence study and Dr. Khatoun Haidar for her professional support, and recognition to the US-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) who funded and supported the project, as well as to the media for their coverage and the project team who worked around the clock

New: http://www.general-security.gov.lb/Leb_passports/new_pass.aspx

Old: http://www.general-security.gov.lb/Leb_passports/sub1.aspx

For information please call the President of IPW, Ms. Wafaa Abed 600588/03

Wafa Abed


Head of Internal Audit

Clemenceau st. P.o.box: 11-1536


Tel: 961-1-366736

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