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Yesterday at a restaurant serving lebanese food I was shocked a small boy of 7 to 8 years old maybe was serving on the tables.

He was offering narguileh (the famous smoking pipe very well-known in Lebanon), and drinks to us. Is that safe??  Also, I remembered that during the video-shooting of the prank organised by Sakker el Dekkeneh, a small boy of 12 years old followed me on the street to take a free “brevet” and “baccalaureat”. He didn’t understand that it was a prank against corruption in Lebanon, all what he wanted is a school diploma. When I asked why aren’t you at school, he said I have to work!

In Lebanon with the millions of refugees flying from Syria we are witnessing the high numbers of those working children. They are everywhere at the hairdresser, on some construction sites (which is not safe at all for them), at the restaurants, and in the streets!

The problem is that those young boys and girls are deprived from any opportunity to have an education!!! they are obliged to leave school and attend to their families welfare at a very early age!!

I don’t know which associations, NGOs or International Organisations  (other than what I have read on ILO webpage ) are working on that subject in Lebanon, but the issue needs to be adressed as a priority!!!

Rita Chemaly

Stop #Childlabour #Redcard #ILO

Stop #Childlabour #Redcard #ILO

 

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Oui, le Liban est une grande boutique ou tous vos droits peuvent être achetés et vendus.

La corruption régnE, et le maitre mot “ikramiyeh” “rachweh” = les tips!

La flash mob organisée la semaine dernière par Sakker el Dekkeneh a vendu dans les routes de Beyrouth tous genres de papiers administratifs importants “permis de conduire”, baccalauréat, brevet, permis de port d’armes, même des parties des trottoirs publics et des plages publiques ont été mis en vente!!

oui j’ai participe a la Flash Mob, oui j’ai été heureuse des réactions de plusieurs personnes qui m’ont dit: non nous on n’aime pas la corruption.

En espérant avoir plus de pareils citoyens,

c’est leur et Notre rôle de fermer la Boutique et les boutiques Libanaises.

Rita Chemaly

voila le lien de la flash mob: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk6wYu_767c

rita chemaly activism against corruption

“Dekkeneh” en arabe signifie boutique qui vend de tous: épicerie, produits pharmaceutiques, cigarettes, ….

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Terms of Reference for a communication consultant for the PROWD project

(June – October 2014)

Background

Promoting Rights of Women Domestic Workers Programme (PROWD) aims to improve the situation of women migrant domestic workers (WMDWs) in Lebanon by ensuring favorable working conditions and a regulated environment that protects their rights. Specifically, this project constitutes the extension and consolidation of an initial phase that fits into a long-term intervention planned by the ILO at the regional level. This intervention will meet the priorities of regulation, monitoring of international labour migration and the protection of the rights of domestic workers. Activities vary among research, awareness raising, material production, technical meetings, and training. The pilot phase was led by the Ministry of Labour (MoL) in cooperation with ILO, other UN agencies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). During this preliminary phase, the basis for a larger action plan with specific institutional capacity building components was established. An institutional mapping exercise was carried out and gaps were identified, which informed the design and planning of the project activities.

In order to increase synergy in the production of material of the project, and the visibility of the activities which will have an impact on sensitizing the wider public on rights of WMDWs, a communication consultant is required to assist the project. Within the framework of the PROWD Project funded by EC, the consultant will be office based and work to support the project on specific communication deliverables listed in the Tasks section below.

Tasks

Specifically, the consultant will be tasked with:

– Develop, coordinate and support the implementation of the communications strategy for the extended period of the project.

– Monitor the dissemination of publications produced by the project, specifically the Workers Information guide, the board game, research reports and other publications.

– Coordinate the participatory newsletter of the Project, develop concept note, mainly to follow up on material and articles collection, coordinate translation and copy edit and design, as well as electronic dissemination.

– Compilation of press releases on issues relevant to Migrant domestic worker and news about the projects for the period of this contract.

– Contribute to the coordination and monitor visibility activities and events of the project mainly:

– Draft TORs for needed communication consultants like graphic designers and others.

– Draft Media advisory and Press release relevant to project events

– Invite and mobilize the media to cover project’s events

– Follow up on design work and printing of the following deliverables:

o SORAL code of conduct

o Migrant Domestic Workers recruitment guide

o Policy Briefs produced by the project

o Project leaflet/info graphic

o Sexual and Reproductive Health guide developed by UNFPA

o Teacher’s guide

Other tasks:

– Suggest initiatives to promote the projects’ results with national stakeholders and in national media and within the ILO in collaboration with the communication personnel at ILO/ROA.

– Contribute to the development of concepts and content of various communications products publications and other promotional or information materials.

– Support in editing communication material in Arabic and English;

– Translation of communication material into Arabic/English

– Ensure that all visibility material is in compliance with ILO and EU regulations.

– Coordinate with Communication units at ILO and EU on relevant communication issues, mainly press release and clearance on visibility and use of logos.

– Other related responsibilities as required by the NPC.

Working Relations

The consultant will be office based and work under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator, and will coordinate interventions with relevant staff members from the project and the communication team at the ILO/ROAs.

Timeline, Deliverables, and remuneration

The consultancy is expected to take place during the months of 27 June to 31 October 2014 for the lump sum of 16,500 USD.

Qualifications

The communication consultant is expected to have the following qualifications:

 Advanced university degree in Journalism/Mass Communications or related fields.

 At least 3-5 years of experience in working in the communication field with development organizations

 Practical experience in communications strategies and projects;

 In-depth knowledge and understanding of development issues and relevant work experience.

 Ability to analyze, plan, communicate effectively orally and in writing

 Knowledge and understanding of EU and ILO guidelines is an advantage

 Fluency in Arabic and English, orally and in writing.

 Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools.

Excellent interpersonal skills, solid judgment/ decision making, initiative and creativity.

 Team player.

 Ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines

For those interested, contact Those send your references, resume and other relevant information to  mezher@ilo.org

the TORs in a PDF form are below:

ToR_PROWD_Communication Consultant_June_Oct 2014

 
 Good luck!!
Rita Chemaly

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I was tore, my brother hit me with his belt when I refused the aged groom …. The first night was a nightmare, I was ashamed of what we did.  I was not a happy Cinderella after that. I was pregnant at 12…. those are what child brides are telling us, their testimonies are terrible! How do you feel if your little 12 years old girl is getting married and for life in a country like Lebanon? The white veil will change into black chains!! Image(picture source)

In Lebanon, Child Marriage is not well criminalised and this shocks me greatly!

We have a law protecting minors “kanoun ahdass” , a law that transcend the sects ( 18 confessions  in Lebanon) but regarding marriage issues even this law is not clear. There is a blank!!

Our Lebanese Penal Code the famous “kanoun el oukoubat” permits a child marriage with the CONSENT of the parents or the “wali“.

For me this is a disguised human trade: It means a dad can “sell” his children and this is protected and covered by the Lebanese law!!

I have been shocked by what Abeer abdel Samad from the Ministry of Social Affairs Speech during a conference on Child Marriage organised by RDFL told us:  MOSA (Ministry of Social Affairs)  has discovered that children are “taught” what to say in front of a religious leader by the “waseet” it means the one who find a husband for the children!! Ahhhh!!!

Moreover, and More terrible for me is our Penal Code in Lebanon: it does punish a religious leader that married a minor or a child without the consent of the parents (father)  with just 500 000 LL !! almost 300$ Only!!! the price of a cheap mobile phone!!!!!

This article number 483 of the Penal Code in Lebanon needs to be amended Asap!!

for those who read arabic here is the text of the article 483 of the Penal Code in Lebanon :

المادة 483 – زواج قاصر

 عدلت الغرامة الواردة في المادة 483 بموجب القانون رقم 239 تاريخ 27/5/1993 على الوجه التالي

 اذا عقد أحد رجال الدين زواج قاصر لم يتم الثامنة عشرة من عمره دون أن يدون في العقد رضى من له الولاية على القاصر او ان يستعاض عنه باذن القاضي عوقب بالغرامة من خمسين ألف الى خمسماية ألف ليرة

In my opinion we must act and amend and change this article

1-Punishment should be more severe ( prison, triple or quadriple the amount of money the religious leader will pay?…)

2- We (as Lebanese activists, parents, citizens,…)  cannot  accept that children are forced to get married by their so called “parents” because of economical problems! If a minor get the consent of his parents “father” they can easily get married!! and no one will lift a tiny finger after that to help the poor child, that might be abused, that might get an early pregnancy, that might, as one of the Lebanese child bride testified in the movie get violented by the family in law, ect.

3- We need to clearly say no to #Childtrade and to #Childmarriage in Lebanon.  That is in my opinion a form of it!!

Rita Chemaly

 

 

 

For those who are interested in joining forces and mobilise against child marriage in Lebanon,

here are some readings and sources:

1- My previous post of February 1 2014 related to Child Marriage: Join the Movement to end Child Marriage in Lebanon (French)

2-My previous post of January 25 2014 related to child bride : Early marriages in Lebanon who helps the bride child ? (English)

3- The article of Layal Timani in the Legal Agenda of 1 February 2014 (Arabic)

زواج القاصرات بين الفتاوى الشرعية والقانون!  “سندريلا” تقع فريسة احلامها

4- The article of Nermine Sibai in the Legal Agenda (Arabic)

قضاة الأحداث في لبنان يرسمون حدود الحماية: صلاحيات المحاكم الشرعية والرواسب الاجتماعية الرجعية

 5- The article of Ana Maria Luca in NOW Lebanon of 30102013 : Lebanon’s child brides  (English)

6- The short video created by NCLW, IWSAW and LAU to shed lights on the terrific consequences of child Marriage in Lebanon: Campaign against child bride : Early marriages In Lebanon    (Arabic with english subtitles)

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A 4 mois mon mari et moi avons vu pointer la premiere dent de notre bebe.

et c’etait le comble de la joie, c’etait le soir de la st Maron, et nous etions heureux, et la teta et les amis nous disent: “vite il faut faire de la snaynieh!”

La Snaynieh est un dessert libanais a base de ble, sucre et eau de rose “ma’ zaher”.

“Snayniyeh” vient de “snen” = dents. 🙂 et voila le tour est fait!

La Snaynieh est offerte aux voisins, aux amis et cousins. Rody et Moi en avons pris pour nos collegues de travail respectifs.

Nous en avons fait des tupperwares decores avec des amandes, noix , coco, pignons de pin, et autres decorees comme me l’a dit Zouzou la “khalto” adoree de JN avec des bonbons, des dentiers en sucre, des ” ‘dameh” et autres machins trouvables au supermarche 🙂

Welcome JN first tooth, now at 8 months he has 5 🙂

Rita a proud lebanese mum

 

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Young merchandisers selling fake products have taken the streets of Beirut …. their aim selling fake driving licences, gun licenses, and other administrative documents to cars… #dekkenetelbalad has decided to tackle corruption by doing a street performance and checking if citizens will do their job: Report corruption. And STOP Bribery….

 

Holding rubans of ID Cards , publication transportation red numbers, even world cups, the activists are knocking on the windows of the cars and selling the message! You buy your right???!!

 

This time the gathering was at mar mikhael burj hammoud intersection. … soon other lebanese streets will be taken over! !!

Report bribery and corruption at   http://www.sakkera.com/

Rita Chemaly

 

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