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Terms of Reference – Stakeholders’ Mapping

Women’s Access to Justice in MENA Region

  1.      Background

In partnership with leading civil society organisations and with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Oxfam GB is implementing a three-year project aiming at enhancing women’s access to justice in the Middle East and North Africa region (May 2011 – April 2014). The project is currently implemented in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.

Oxfam GB proposed a model of change based on building social movements for positive changes at individual, community, institutional and policy levels. In line with Oxfam GB’s corporate ‘one programme’ approach, apart from direct action and capacity building the national level advocacy will take place in all targeted countries together with direct implementation of community-level work. Programmatic approaches are focused on (1) direct work with women on the ground to develop innovative legal service provision models (2) community based work to gain support among different sectors of the society (religious scholars, Islamic NGOs, legislators, families and communities) through dialogue and awareness raising and (3) awareness raising and engagement with legal and judiciary institutions to influence attitudes, practices and polices (4) advocacy, learning, and linking at national and regional levels to influence the reform agenda in favour for women’s access to justice.

The Overall objective of the programme is: To contribute to just outcomes/verdicts for poor women which lead to reduced vulnerability and suffering in the Middle East and North Africa. Specifically, the project purpose is: Improvement in quality of legal services for poor and vulnerable women in the Middle East and North Africa.

The following outcomes are expected to be achieved by the end of the three-year programme:

Outcome 1: More women in target countries able to access legal services

Outcome 2: Community leaders advocate for women’s access to justice in public

Outcome 3: Lawyers syndicates and bar associations increase provision of free legal services for vulnerable women

Outcome 4: Improved attitudes and practices of police and judicial officials towards women’s access to justice in each target country

Outcome 5: CSOs influence policy reforms on women’s access to justice in the Middle East and North Africa

  1.      Objective and scope of work

The principal objective of the assignment is to identify key stakeholders and conduct a stakeholder mapping focusing on regional, national and local stakeholders engaged in judiciary and legal reform in Lebanon, Jordan, and North Iraq (Kurdistan) with primary focus on women’s access to justice.

  1.      Methodology:

The selected consultant is anticipated to be as independent as possible and will work with Oxfam team to refine and agree on the final methodology, but it is expected that the latter will include the below components:

–          Literature review

–          Field visits to Lebanon (Mount Lebanon), Jordan (Zarqa), and North Iraq – Kurdistan (Shamshamal) including:

o       Meetings with partner organisation staff

o       Interviews and/or focus group discussions with stakeholders

  1.      Tasks to be performed

The stakeholder mapping will involve the following tasks.

Task 1:  Examine relevant available secondary documentation about judiciary and legal reform in Lebanon, Jordan, and North Iraq (Kurdistan) with primary focus on women’s access to justice.

This documentation may include:

  • Reports commissioned by the Government
  • Press and newspaper articles
  • Donor Policy and position papers, web sites or campaign materials
  • Other socio-economic assessments and reports for example NGO reports, poverty reports prepared under Poverty Reduction Strategies, UN Human Development reports; studies and reports on reform prepared by international development and financing institutions.

Task 2:  Design, plan, and gain agreement for a stakeholder mapping methodology with Oxfam GB Lebanon on:

  • List of critical stakeholders related to judiciary and legal reform
  • Key issues for stakeholder identification and analysis
  • Current levels of engagement judiciary and legal reform
  • The most vulnerable women among the poor and potential mechanisms to include their voices and perceptions are heard during the stakeholder analysis, and make sure they are not overlooked
  • Civil society representation and participation.

Task 3:  Undertake a stakeholder assessment which:

  • Identifies primary, secondary and key stakeholders (should be identified significant individuals as well as organisations, institutions; international actors, donors, political actors, public sector agencies, interest groups, NGOs, civil society groups and the people affected by the issue; where:

o     primary stakeholders are those ultimately affected by the legal reforms either positively or negatively

o     secondary stakeholders are intermediaries in the reform process;

o     key stakeholders are those who can significantly influence the judiciary and legal reform and women access to justice , or who are important to the success or failure of project

  • Maps the stakeholders, showing their degree of importance and influence (see Illustrative Stakeholder Map below).  An analysis identifying key concerns of each stakeholder group will also be highly relevant.
  • Identify the current position of the various stakeholders in the reform process:  are they champion, floater or blocker? Suggest you adapt the attached stakeholder/power analysis grid I have attached to do this piece of the analysis – also look at other tools in slides.  Also important to make clear the need to identify who the key decision-makers are on the reform process and who is influential with them and what their positions are as this will then guide the influencing, negotiation and advocacy strategies (see attached Annex 1).
  • Provides clear information on the concerns and interests of each of the key stakeholder/groups.

Task 4: Conduct interviews or focus group discussions with a wide range of potential key players including but not limited:

  • Key officials/relevant policy makers involved the judiciary and legal reform and women access to justice
  • Advisers to Government engaged in all aspects of the legal reform project
  • Donor community involved in the legal reforms
  • International and local NGOs with an active interest in the legal reform projects
  • Media representatives and journalists as appropriate
  • Project beneficiaries and target groups

Task 5:  Advise Oxfam GB on:

  • The key stakeholders’ mapping and power analysis
  • Stakeholders’ concerns, paying particular attention to concerns that may risk the implementation of the project
  1.      Deliverables

The outputs of this consultancy will be:

  • Agreed evaluation plan and methodology
  • Draft report of the stakeholders’ mapping
  • Full final report of approximately 35 pages of publishable quality with a stand-alone executive summary of no more than 4 pages. It will include changes and modifications agreed between Oxfam and the consultant. The report shall systematically answer the key questions asked, fairly and clearly represent views of different actors/ stakeholders, and give the clear conclusions substantiated by the available evidence.
  1.      Timeline

The consultancy is expected to take place between 16 June and 31 July 2014 as per the below timeline:

Action By when Who
Submission of applications to Oxfam 8 June 2014 Oxfam
Review of applications; short-listing; appointment 13 June 2014 Oxfam
Agreement on methodology 20 June 2014 Oxfam and consultant
Conducting fieldwork 20 June to 13 July 2014 Consultant
Submission of first draft report 21 July 2014 Consultant
Comments on draft 25 July 2014 Oxfam and partners
Submission of final report 31 July 2014 Consultant

 

  1.     Governance and management of the evaluation:
  • The Consultant will directly report to the Women’s Access to Justice in the MENA Region Programme Manager
  • The Consultant will work closely and in consultation with partners’ project teams in each country.

 

  1.      Skills and Competence:

The consultant undertaking the stakeholder mapping shall have the below skills and competences:

–          Previous experience with stakeholder analysis, power mapping, and social analysis;

–          Knowledge of issues related to gender equality and women’s rights in the region;

–          Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English; Arabic skills are an asset;

–          Ability to write concise, readable and analytical reports and understanding of public communications

–          Knowledge of issues related to legal protection and Personal Status and Family laws across the region is an asset.

  1.      Budget

The budget for this task is 15,000 USD including all type of expenses (travel, per-diem, transportation, calls, etc.).

Payment will be done in two instalments: 25% upon contract signature and 75% upon approval of the final report by Oxfam.

  1. Applications:

Applicants with the experience and skills described above are invited to submit the below:

  1. A CV;
  2. A one-page cover letter introducing the applicant(s) experience and how the skills and competencies described above are met, with concrete examples. Please also use this cover letter to indicate applicant’s availability;
  3. A one-page budget covering all major anticipated costs;
  4. One example of a previous similar task.

Applications should be submitted to lebanonjobs@oxfam.org.uk by 8 June 2014 with Stakeholders’ Mapping – WAJ in the subject line.

 

Annex 1 – Stakeholders’ Analysis

This tool can help build a common understanding of stakeholder perspectives and a communications and influencing strategy.  The following steps outline the process:

  1. Bring the project group together, agree any confidentiality required and who/how conversation will be recorded.
  2. Clarify what success of the project looks like and what your goal is.
  3. Identify who are the key stakeholders (someone/group who can affect or will be affected by the project).
  4. Populate the grid below based on their influence and appetite or enthusiasm for the project (there are examples included to demonstrate how this would look).
  5. Look at the grid and ask questions like “Who do we need to be a ‘champion’?” and “Who do we need to have a greater or lesser influence?”
  6. Draw arrows on the map to demonstrate where the desired position would be and then identify the priority stakeholders that you would need to influence or ‘move’.
  • Taking each stakeholder in turn, identify opportunities to influence, engage and communicate both directly (e.g. management meetings, one to ones) and indirectly (e.g. through PAs, talking with their peers or colleagues).  Then plan out how to use these opportunities. Your aim should be to understand what each priority stakeholder thinks about your project and the underlying reasons behind it.  Useful questions to answer include “What do they want from the project?”, “What is their motivation?”, “What is the benefit for them?”, “What are their worries and concerns?”, “What do they believe are the key challenges/barriers blockages to the project”, “What would they need to see in order to back the project?”
  1. Write an action plan dividing up the responsibilities and how you will bring the intelligence together (this should be quick and regular)

Top tips:

  • Use the Stakeholder Map as a framework to get new members of the project group up to speed on the different complex relationships.
  • Get the whole team involved, it lessens the burden on the project manager and the extra perspectives add to the analysis, it can bring a sense of togetherness in the team.

Annex 2 – Illustrative Stakeholders’ map

Influence of Stakeholder Importance of Stakeholder
Unknown Little/No Importance Some Importance Significant Importance
Significant Influence       C       A
Somewhat Influential
Little/No Influence       D       B
 Unknown

Boxes A, B and C are the key stakeholders of the project. The implications of each Box are summarized here:

  • Box A: Stakeholders appearing to have a high degree of influence judiciary and legal reform, who are also of high importance for its success. This implies that the government implementing agency will need to construct good working relationships with these stakeholders, to ensure an effective coalition of support for the project.  Examples might be the senior officials and politicians (minister, prime minister) or trade unions.
  • Box B: Stakeholders of high importance to the success of the judiciary and legal reform, but with low influence. This implies that they will require special initiatives if their interests are to be protected.  An example may be relatively poor people for whom improved access to justice have a large social impact, but who have little “voice”
  • Box C: Stakeholders with high influence, who can therefore affect the project outcomes, but whose interests are not necessarily aligned with the overall goals of the project. This conclusion implies that these stakeholders may be a source of significant risk, and they will need careful monitoring and management.
  • Box D: Stakeholders in this Box, with low influence on, or importance to the project objectives, may require limited monitoring or evaluation, but are of low priority.

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Aujourd’hui pour arriver a mon bureau a Baabda j’ai été bloquée pour plus d’une heure dans ma voiture.

j’ai été prise dans une maree humaine et de bus! meme les anciens bus publics libanais que j’ai pu prendre en photos (bleus).

La cause, les élections présidentielles syriennes.

En voiture, en bus et surtout a pieds les syriens et syriennes sont venus plebisciter leur President “Bashar el Assad”.

vers 8h la route était déjà encombree, de 9h a 11h elle était completement bloquee par une maree humaine.

Les forces de l’ordre libanaise ont vite perdu le cap, impossible de maintenir de l’ordre, j’ai remarque vers 1h des forces miliciennes qui aidaient a maintenir l’ordre, d’ailleurs je les ai filme, ils etaient gentils, (il a embrasse le gardien de l’immeuble qui interdisait a une famille de rester sous l’immeuble), je n’ai pas observe d’armes.

quand je suis enfin arrivee a bon port, les remarques racscites fusaient de partout , “bil shehhata” (la celebre pantoufle a un doigt, les flippers) , “allez faire pipi en syrie” repond-on aux femmes qui cherchaient des toilettes.

il faut observer plusieurs points: les personnes qui allaient elire sont montes a l’ambassade en famille ( petits, des nouveaux nes, des tetas) tous et toutes montaient vers l’ambassade en ce qui ressemblait a une veritable manifestation. Un plebiscite en bonne et due forme.

Bashar w allah, Bashar w bass chantaient les masses populaires qui montaient,

arborant fièrement le drapeau syrien et les Photos de leur leader Bashar el Assad.

J’ai demande a une jeune fille qui conduisait une voiture portant la plaque Ladkieh qu'”Est-ce qu’il y a?” (c’était vers 8h15 du matin, j’etais encore bloquée face a city center, et je ne comprenais pas ce qu’il y avait) elle répond “les élections de Bashar!” candidement je lui demande: “il a gagne ou pas”, elle répond en riant “je monte voter pour lui, c’est aujourd’hui les élections”.

je ne savais pas encore que l’ambassade était a Yarzeh, je pensais vu les Bus et autocars qu’ils montaient en Syrie, RUE DE DAMAS oblige, mais non, ils aiment Bashar, ils lui donnent leur vie, (nafdik ) mais du Liban, les élections je veux dire le plébiscite populaire a eu lieu aujourd’hui et parait -il continuerait demain aussi jusqu’à minuit, Est-ce que ce sont des refugies qui etaient la aujourd’hui? je doute ! et ou vivent tous et toutes ces personnes au Liban et comment? bref,  voila une leçon de démocratie plébiscitaire !!

Rita Chemaly

voila les liens des videos que j’ai poste sur Facebook:

#syria #elections day in #baabda the road is closed pple are walking towards the #Embassy chanting #Bashar video

Une maree humaine vers l ambassade de #syrie au #liban a #baabda les routes bloquees voila un ptit film tout le monde crie #bashar w bass

https://www.facebook.com/rita.chemaly/media_set?set=vb.518151827&type=2

aussi le lien de l’album photo pris ce matin:

https://www.facebook.com/rita.chemaly/photos_all

 

 

 

 

 

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The Lebanese American University (LAU) seeks applicants or nominations for the position of Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW). Established in 1973, IWSAW is committed to pioneering academic education and research on women in the Arab world. The Institute seeks to empower women through development programs, community education, and policy change regarding women’s rights in the region. More information about the IWSAW can be found at: http://iwsaw.lau.edu.lb/.

 

The Director will be entrusted with establishing the vision and strategy to take IWSAW to the next level of excellence. The Director will liaise and collaborate with similar institutes, pertinent non-governmental organizations, and policy makers locally, regionally and internationally. She/he will identify and strengthen links with donors to increase support for IWSAW’s programs. She/he also will spearhead new research initiatives to address regional women’s and gender issues, engaging IWSAW and LAU faculty, staff and students in scholarly work. The Director is expected to possess strong communication skills in English and Arabic.

 

Specific duties and responsibilities:

 

1. Oversee implementation of the recently established M.A. program in Women and Gender Studies.

 

2. Partner with LAU faculty to strengthen the gender component in graduate and undergraduate programs.

 

3. Organize conferences, workshops, and seminars that raise awareness and build capacity for addressing women’s issues in Lebanon and the region.

 

4. Oversee the publication and enhancement of Al-Raida, the Institute’s journal.

 

5. Manage the Institute’s human and capital resources.

 

6. Represent IWSAW at regional and international forums that address women’s and gender issues.

 

7. Serve on and support IWSAW’s Advisory Board.

 

Candidates for the position should hold a PhD and have an established record of accomplishment in the area of women’s and gender studies or a related discipline. The Director will have a faculty appointment in the School most appropriate for her/his discipline. She/he will be expected to teach and contribute to the work of that school. Furthermore, the Director reports to the Provost on academic matters and to the President on other issues pertaining to the Institute.

 

The initial 3-year appointment will be at a rank commensurate with the academic background and qualifications.

 

LAU (http://www.lau.edu.lb) is an Equal Opportunity Employer operating in Lebanon under a charter from the Regents of the State University of New York, and is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

 

Submit applications electronically to the Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, apaa@lau.edu.lb. Refer to position no. IWSAW-14-1. Applications should include a cover letter describing teaching, research, grant writing and community outreach experiences, a detailed CV, and names and contact information for at least four references.

 

Targeted start date for the appointment is January 2015. Review of applicants will commence on July 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.

 

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A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Georges-Massaad Gay Marriage Lebanon

A few hours ago, the name Georges Massad meant nothing to the Lebanese populace. In the coming days, because we have nothing else to do, watch as he becomes the most discussed figure – save for an unlikely president – in the country. Why so? Because his Facebook account was news-material for local services who have nothing better to do than stalk profiles.

Georges Massad married his partner in a same-sex marriage ceremony in the United States. He posted wedding pictures on Facebook. His wedding is now Lebanese news. This isn’t the first time our personal and private Facebook accounts become the source for Lebanon’s news cycle.

A few months ago, an unknowing teenager found himself in deep trouble because of pictures he had posted to his Facebook account four years ago. You probably don’t remember him by name but Ali Itawi’s picture became a matter of national Christian dignity…

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ImageThe evolution of media and the progress of communication have made it easier than ever for young people to share their private information, pictures and other. More people are encountering the risk to be bullied when they share their private pictures, their statuses and their life.

Bullying occurs when a person or a group repeatedly and intentionally use or abuse their power to intimidate, hurt, oppress or damage someone else”.  Bullying can be physical, verbal, social, or on the cyber space.

On Social Media what we witness is a replication of the bullying done on the traditional media such as TV shows. Prime time comedies such as Wajdi w majdi in Lebanon are what we can categorize as social bullying. “Repeated mimicking,” “nasty pranks”, using homophobic or racist slurs damage the reputation of a whole community such as the LGBT.

Usually teenagers, children and communities that are bullied are “ill-equipped” and do not know how to respond.

In my opinion parents and teachers should clearly explain to their children and students the importance of the privacy settings of social networks , such as facebook.

With the progress of the education system in Lebanon and the use of tablets and internet since primary school, teachers and responsible should create groups of the children for them to put the norms of ethics. And a sharter of responsible use of the comment part of the social networks and platforms such as Facebook and twitter.

Moreover they need to talk to them and teach them to never post or say anything that they wouldn’t want the whole world to know. One day the boss may check the profile of a person. As the ex-girl friend of Mark Zuckeberg said in the movie of the social network: “the internet is written in Ink and not in Pencil.” What you post, send or publish can never be deleted, and can easily go viral so be aware!

Rita Chemaly

PS: I wrote this post after doing research for the episode of CASES that hosted me and my long time friend Hussein. .

TO WATCH the full episode: http://youtu.be/Vv960GiW85g

Below is the description published on You Tube: “The show CASES, produced by Aly Sleem and Shant Kerbabian and hosted by Shant Kerbabian, deals with human rights violations, regardless of any political affiliation and agenda. We stand by the oppressed people everywhere, so we aim at tackling their cases professionally from both humanitarian and legal perspectives. Our objective is to raise awareness and to speak out for those who have no voice

We were glad to host:

In our studio in Beirut: Rita Chemaly, Author and Researcher on Human Rights

Via Satellite from Beirut: Hussein Itany, Human Rights Activist and Advocacy Trainer”

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here we are, in a big Boutique, you can buy all what you want,

there are more from the #dekkentelbalad, for you here is the movie!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb9D8ZaLE3g

http://youtu.be/mb9D8ZaLE3g

and its description below

Rita Chemaly

 

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Corruption

 

 

“We all live in a prosperous ‘Dekkene’ which has a broad customer base, diversified merchandise, and branches all over the country. The gross ‘Dekkene’ revenue has exceeded 1.5 billion dollars per year, the equivalent of 10% of our GDP. This means that one-tenth of every person’s income is sucked away by corruption.
Sakker el Dekkene proposes an antidote to this virus: to hold public administrations accountable for lack of integrity and put pressure on politicians to initiate change and fight corruption. The initiative adopts a multi-tool and multidisciplinary approach that starts with the collection of corruption-related data through its website http://www.sakkera.com , smart phone App (iOS and Android), complaint boxes, and hotline +961 76 80 80 80 where people can report and help quantify instances of corruption in public administrations. The portal then collates incidents posted by citizens and highlights corruption trends. By doing so, the NGO wishes to raise public awareness, engage citizens in the process of change, trigger public debate, exert pressure on politicians, and lobby for genuine reform.

نعيش جميعاً في “دكانة” مزدهرة ذات قاعدة واسعة من الزبائن، وذات خدمات متنوّعة وجذابة متوفرة ضمن فروع عديدة منتشرة في كل البلد. اذ يتخطى إجمالي عائدات الدكانة الـ 1.5 مليار دولار أميركي في السنة، أي ما يعادل 10% من الناتج المحلي الإجمالي. ويعني ذلك أن عشر مدخول اللبناني ينفق على “فيروس الفساد”. وبناء على ذلك كلّه تقترح مبادرة “سكّر الدكّانة” إنشاء جبهة مواجهة تضم مسؤولين من الإدارات العامة للضغط على السياسيين بإتجاه فرض التغيير
.ومحاربة الفساد
تعتمد “سكّر الدكّانة” على مقاربة متعددة الوسائل بدءا بتكوين قاعدة معلومات عن الفساد من خلال (iOS و Android) وتطبيق الهواتف الذكية http://www.sakkera.comموقعها الإلكتروني وصناديق الشكاوى والخط الساخن 80 80 80 76 961+ حيث في إمكان المواطنين الإبلاغ عن حوادث الفساد في الإدارات العامة التي تقوم الجمعية بدورها بإحصائها. ويجمع الجدول من خلال ذلك الحوادث التي يعلن عنها المواطنون لقطات تسلط الضوء على الفساد، وترفع مستوى الوعي، وتشرك المواطنين في العمل باتجاه التغيير، وتحرّك النقاش العام، وتمارس الضغط على
.السياسيين وتزيد الطلب على الإصلاح الحقيقي

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Encore des discriminations, des discriminations en boucles!

Le parlement va “parait-il” re-etudier le projet de loi pour donner la nationalite libanaise a ceux qui sont d’origine Libanaise.

bon, voila un bon point pour les emigres de longue date, si j’oublie qu’un tel octroi ne se fait que pour une certaine balance communautaire.

mais encore plus le probleme est l’exception: ceux d’origine libanaise et qui ont droit a la nationalite sont seulement des Hommes!!! et non des femmes!!!

donc vos cousines, vos arrieres cousines, vos arrieres grands-meres, et leurs soeurs n’y ont pas droit, juste leur freres y ont droit!!

allons donc!!! mettons un gros zero au patriarcalisme, et aux societes retrogrades qui ne reconnaissent pas les femmes en tant que citoyennes pleines et entieres!!

ci-dessous le brief de la campagne ma nationalite est mon droit et celui de ma famille Image

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Rita Chemaly

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