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Eager to tell you about the MOOC  on Gender Based violence in the context of migration!

The course will begin on May 15!

what is a MOOC? a MOOC is Massive Online Open Course , that is offered for free by the Global Campus of Human Rights coordinated by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

The Mooc addresses gender, migration, and Human rights studies. The Lecture I participate in, is related to gender based violence faced by migrants and asylum seeking girls in the MENA region. The Political Sciences Institute (ISP) of Saint Joseph University part of the Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights,  has worked hard while dedicating a team to gather data, prepare, review, shoot, edit and produce the MOOC on GBV addressed by migrants girls and women in the region.  Examples for this specific lecture are taken from the newest published reports in the region related to GBV and SGBV.  Sexual Exploitation, trafficking  Statelessness, Child Marriage, Schooling and access to education are presented. Also main International Instruments addressing GBV are presented.

The MOOC is a free course of 5 hours per week, for 6 weeks, that is open to “upper year undergraduates; postgraduates; NGO activists and practitioners interested in interdisciplinary human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment, migration; young lawyers and social scientists; active and motivated citizens from around the world.”

I am very excited to be part of this Global Campus MOOC, and to have prepared the first MOOC addressing GBV and women’s rights in the region. Can’t thank enough the team who helped put all the lecture together (ISP team you rock! )  as well as the friends who helped gather the latest information in a very short deadline. (Special thanks to Ghida, Hayat, Raghda, Zeina, Myriam, and special thanks to Jihad who filmed and edited the lecture ).

Stay tuned  and follow the link to participate and enroll  in the MOOC! https://www.eiuc.org/education/global-campus-mooc-gbv-migration.html 

In solidarity from Lebanon

Let us address GBV in our region and internationally with sustainable solutions!

Rita Chemaly

 

 

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For those who are interested, join us on Sunday at noon at Sodeco , for Migrant workers day In Lebanon.migrants worker day lebanon 2017 chemaly rita

Details below are taken from the facebook page, #WeWillNotBeSilencedAnyMore  #workersday2017, be many 

Rita Chemaly

Workers’ Day 2017
Abolish Sponsorship – Ratify C189 – Stop State Violence

For the eighth year in a row, we -migrant domestic workers and supporters- come together to claim labor rights, march, and celebrate workers’ day.
This past year did not witness any improvement of protection of migrant domestic workers (MDWs). On the contrary, we have seen the abuses continue against the lives, rights and freedoms of MDWs, while the abusers still enjoyed impunity.
Tragedies and deaths still happen on daily and weekly basis without proper investigations, domestic workers and their families are still being unjustly deported and subjected to political detention, especially the public human rights defenders among them.
The struggle continues, and we unite again to make our voices heard and to claim our rights. We hereby demand the Lebanese state to:
1. Abolish the sponsorship system and replace it with a just immigration and residency system that guarantees human rights, fair and ethical recruitment, labor mobility, and the possibility of MDWs to live outside the employer’s house and change employers.
2. Ratify and implement the ILO Domestic Workers Convention of 2011 (C189).
3. Expand the Lebanese labor law to cover all categories of laborers including domestic workers.
4. Reform the standard unified contract to guarantee basic rights including the rights to get the Lebanese minimum wage, terminate the employment contract, have a maximum hours of work and be paid for overtime, the rights to privacy and decent working and living conditions, the right to have a weekly day off outside the house and unaccompanied by employers, and the right to have proper health insurance.
5. Hold abusive employers accountable and establish an inspection mechanism coupled with accessible and affordable complaint mechanisms, fair and speedy trials and legal redress.
6. Hold to account and close down all abusive and unethical recruitment agencies and establish a black-list system for these.
7. Guarantee the right of domestic workers to organize and unionize.
8. Investigate properly the deaths of MDWs, and in case of unnatural deaths, bring to justice those who caused these deaths.
9. Stop state violence against MDWs including detaining MDWs who leave their employers’ houses, exercising violence in detention centers and police stations, and depriving MDWs’ children of legal residency. Authorities must stop detaining and deporting MDWs for administrative or trivial reasons such as expired residency permits or having children in Lebanon who should all be entitled to residency and education rights in Lebanon. Authorities must also ensure speedy return procedures to home countries for workers who need it, especially for parents with children in Lebanon and workers who are sick.
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عيد العمّال 2017
لإلغاء نظام الكفالة
للتصديق على الاتفاقية رقم 189
لإيقاف عنف الدولة على عاملات المنازل

للسنة الثامنة على التوالي، نجتمع معًا، عاملات منازل مهاجرات ومؤيّدين/ات لهنّ، للسير جنبًا إلى جنب في مسيرة مطلبية والاحتفال معًا بعيد العمّال.
لم يشهد العام الماضي أي تحسّن في أوضاع عاملات المنازل المهاجرات أو تقدّم في تعزيز حقوقهنّ، بل تزايد العنف والاعتداءات عليهنّ واستمرّت الانتهاكات لحريّاتهنّ وحقوقهنّ وأرواحهنّ، فيما بقي مرتكبو هذه الانتهاكات مُفلتين من أي شكل من أشكال المحاسبة والعقاب.
لا تزال المآسي وحالات الوفاة غير الطبيعيّة تحدث بوتيرة يوميّة أو أسبوعيّة من دون أي تحقيقات جديّة بشأنها، ولا تزال العاملات، وعائلاتهن،ّ معرّضات للاحتجاز والترحيل من دون وجه حق، وخاصّة الناشطات الحقوقيّات العلنيّات من بينهنّ المعرّضات بشكل خاص للاعتقال السياسي.

إنّ كفاح العاملات مستمرّ، وها نحن نتّحد مرّة أخرى لنُسمع أصواتنا ونطالب الدولة بحقوقنا. وبشكل خاصّ نطالبها بـ:
1• إلغاء نظام الكفالة واستبداله بنظام هجرة وإقامة عادل للعاملات يحترم حقوقهنّ الإنسانية ويؤمّن سبل استقدام سليمة، وتحرّكيّة العاملات وحقهنّ في التنقّل والانتقال، وإمكانيّة العيش خارج منزل صاحب/ة العمل، وحقهنّ في تغيير صاحب/ة العمل.
2• التصديق على اتفاقية منظّمة العمل الدولية رقم 189 المتعلّقة بالعمل اللائق لعاملات المنازل، وتطبيقها.
3• توسيع نطاق قانون العمل ليشمل العمّال والعاملات كافّة، وتحديدًا عاملات المنازل.
4• إصلاح عقد العمل الموحّد المُطبّق على عاملات المنازل بشكل يضمن لهنّ حقوقهنّ العمّالية البديهيّة، مثل الحقّ في الحصول على الحد الأدنى للأجور، والعدد الأقصى لساعات العمل وإعطاء أجر إضافي مقابل ساعات العمل الزائدة، والحقّ في يوم عطلة خارج المنزل من دون اشتراط مرافقة أصحاب العمل لهنّ، والحقّ في تأمين صحّي مناسب، والحقّ في الخصوصية وفي ظروف العمل والعيش اللائقة، والحقّ في إنهاء عقد العمل.
5• محاسبة أصحاب العمل الذين ينتهكون الحقوق ويسيئون إلى العاملات، ووضع آلية فعّالة للمراقبة والتفتيش، مقترنة بآليّات سهلة للتبليغ عن الشكاوى، وضمان المحاكمات والإجراءات القانونية السريعة والعادلة.
6• محاسبة مكاتب الاستقدام المسيئة والتي تتّبع سبل استقدام غير سليمة وإغلاقها، والعمل على تفعيل نظام القائمة السوداء لمنع تلك المكاتب من العمل مجدّدًا وأصحابها من فتح وكالات جديدة.
7• ضمان حقّ العاملات في التنظيم والعمل النقابي.
8 • التحقيق الجدّي في حالات الوفيّات غير الطبيعيّة لعاملات المنازل وسَوق مسبّبي الوفاة إلى العدالة.
9• وقف عنف الدولة ضدّ عاملات المنازل، بما في ذلك من تجريم ‘هروب’ العاملات المنزليات من بيوت أصحاب العمل، وممارسة العنف عليهنّ في مراكز الشرطة ومراكز الاحتجاز، وحرمان أطفالهنّ من الإقامة القانونيّة في البلاد. على السلطات التوقّف عن احتجاز عاملات المنازل وترحيلهنّ لأسباب إداريّة شتّى مثل انتهاء صلاحيّة الإقامة أو لسبب إنجابهنّ الأطفال، الذين يحقّ لهم أصلاً بالإقامة القانونية والتعلّم في لبنان. وعلى السلطات أيضًا ضمان إجراءات ترحيل سريعة للعاملات اللواتي يحتجن إلى المغادرة، وخاصّة الأهل وأطفالهم أو المرضى.
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Journées des Travailleurs 2017
Abolir le système du Kafala – Ratifier la Convention 189 – Arrêter la violence d’Etat

Pour la 8ème année consécutive, nous -les travailleuses domestiques migrantes et les supporteurs- s’assemblons pour revendiquer des droits du travail, marcher et célébrer la Fête du travail.
L’année qui vient de s’écouler n’a pas apporté d’amélioration dans la protection des travailleuses domestiques migrantes. Au contraire, nous avons vu les abus contre leurs vies, droits et libertés continuer pendant que les abuseurs profitent toujours de la même impunité.
Morts et tragédies continuent d’arriver tous les jours et toutes les semaines sans aucunes véritables enquêtes et les travailleuses domestiques migrantes et leurs famille sont toujours injustement déportées et sujettes aux détentions politiques, spécialement les défenseures publiques des droits humains parmi elles.
La lutte continue et nous nous unissons une fois encore pour faire entendre nos voix et réclamer nos droits. Nous demandons donc à l’Etat libanais de :
1- Abolir le système du Kafala et de le remplacer par un système d’immigration et de résidence juste qui garantit les droits humains, un recrutement juste et éthique, ainsi que la possibilité pour les travailleuses domestiques migrantes de vivre hors du lieu de résidence de leur employeur et de changer d’employeurs.
2- Ratifier et mettre en œuvre la Convention sur les travailleuses domestiques de l’OIT (C189)
3- Etendre le Code du Travail libanais pour inclure toutes les catégories de travailleurs, dont les travailleuses domestiques.
4- Réformer le contrat standard unifié pour garantir les droits fondamentaux des travailleuses domestiques dont les droits d’obtenir le salaire minimum libanais, de terminer leur contrat de travail, d’avoir un nombre d’heures de travail maximum et d’être payées pour les heures supplémentaires, le droit à l’intimité et à des conditions de travail et de vie décentes, le droit d’avoir un jour de congé hebdomadaire en dehors du lieu de vie et non-accompagnées par les employeurs, et le droit d’avoir une vraie assurance de santé.
5- Tenir pour responsables les employeurs abusifs et établir un mécanisme d’inspection accompagné de mécanismes de plainte accessibles et abordables, des procès équitables et rapides ainsi que des recours juridiques.
6- Tenir pour responsables et fermer toutes les agences de recrutement abusives et non-éthiques ainsi que d’établir un système de « black list » pour celles-ci.
7- Garantir le droit des travailleuses domestiques de s’organiser et de se syndiquer.
8- Enquêter convenablement sur les morts des travailleuses domestiques et dans les cas de morts non naturelles, traduire en justice les responsables.
9- Arrêter la violence d’Etat contre les travailleuses domestiques migrantes dont la détention de celles qui quittent le lieu de résidence de leurs employeurs, l’utilisation de la violence dans les centres de détention et les postes de police, et la privation de résidence légale aux enfants de travailleuses domestiques migrantes. Les autorités doivent arrêter de détenir et de déporter les travailleuses domestiques migrantes pour des raisons administratives ou triviales telles que l’expiration des permis de résidence ou avoir des enfants au Liban alors qu’ils devraient bénéficier du droit de résidence et à l’éducation. Les autorités doivent aussi s’assurer de mettre en place des procédures de retour rapides vers les pays d’origine pour les travailleuses qui en ont besoin, spécifiquement pour celles avec des enfants au Liban et celles qui sont malades

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to all who might interested, kindly find below the KIP /AUB call for proposals and abstracts related to discrimination and sexual harassment.

You can propose before October 30 2016: In one of the following categories:

A.    Scholarly Research: Proposal to present the findings of a research study

B.    Expert Panel Debate:  Proposal to bring together a small group of experts to debate a central question

C.    Conference Sub-theme Track: Proposal to organize your own track (i.e., a series of connected sessions) around a key question

D.    Training Workshops: Proposal to organize a skill-based training workshop

full details are in the link sent below  http://thekipproject.info/call-for-abstracts/.

Good Luck and in Solidarity

Rita Chemaly

 

below is the mail I received from KIP project Director:

 

 

Dear KIP Community,

 

In preparation for the KIP multi-disciplinary conference that will be taking place on March 31st and April 1st, 2017 at the Olayan School of Business, we are happy to announce our Call for Abstracts and Proposals focused on examining issues pertaining to Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in relation to gender and sexuality within the context of Lebanon.

 

The two-day conference aims at bringing together activists, students, academics, private and public sector representatives, international organization representatives, donors as well as interested members from the general public to discuss and debate multiple formulations and manifestations of sexual harassment and discrimination and chart paths and processes for advocacy, policy recommendations and change at the organizational, community and societal levels.

 

Throughout the conference, we hope to generate recommendations for policies, practices and theory that are informed by multiple local perspectives and that provide momentum for specific ways through which we can support each other in the implementation of positive change forward.

 

Based on this, the attached call invites local and international candidates across sectors and disciplines to submit proposals or abstracts by October 30, 2016 falling under one of the following four below categories:

 

A.    Scholarly Research: Proposal to present the findings of a research study

B.    Expert Panel Debate:  Proposal to bring together a small group of experts to debate a central question

C.    Conference Sub-theme Track: Proposal to organize your own track (i.e., a series of connected sessions) around a key question

D.    Training Workshops: Proposal to organize a skill-based training workshop

 

Please see full details in the Call for Abstracts and Proposals attached. The guidelines for submissions are available on the KIP website http://thekipproject.info/call-for-abstracts/.

 

It would be great if you would consider submitting and, if possible, circulating widely among your networks.

 

with best wishes

Charlotte

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte M. Karam, PhD

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Associate Dean of Programs

Director of the KIP Project
Olayan School of Business

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American University of Beirut

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A new episode in Gender based violence, was highlighted during a discussion on Women rights!

The Discussion was organised by proeminent NGO , RDFL.

A Lebanese member of Parliament (re-conducted illegally) went out of the paper prepared by him or “for him??” and said that a women has a role in pushing men to rape her!

I am still shocked by the insanity of such an MP. He don’t understand the Harm such words do for all women. Such Words make sexual harassment at work , in public spaces, as well as in a Home Legal!!!

I do understand now why Most of our rotten laws such as the Penal Code, have such inanities! (reference to article  522)

What I loved is that bloggers, media, women activists, women right defenders spoke out about this insanity, and a petition asking MP to resign is being circulated!

Here is what is being circulated on the web, through different platforms:

النائب ايلي ماروني هان المرأة اللبنانية عندما صرّح: “في بعض الاماكن وبعض المطارح بدنا نسأل شو دور المرأة في قيادة الرجل إلى اغتصابها” وكان النائب يحمل المرأة مسؤولية الاغتصاب هيدا التصرف مرفوض من قبل أي رجل (او امرأة)، وخاصة نواب الامّة. مطلوب من الجميع التضامن لنطلب منه الاعتذار أو الاستقالة. الرجاء نشر البوست المرفق ابتداء من الان على كل صفحاتكم وحساباتكم على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي. وشكرا

 

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Below is the link to the Video in which Lebanese member of Parliament states his inanities:

اليكم/ن الفيديو الذي يظهر المواقف الذكورية التي أطلقها النائب إيلي ماروني حول حقوق النساء وبشكل خاص الجنسية، المادة ٥٢٢ والإغتصاب الذي اعتبر أن للمرأة دور في حدوثه. كذلك، يظهر في الفيديو الرد الكامل للنائب ماروني على اعتراض الناشطة حياة مرشاد على كلامه حيث لوح بإلباسها البرقع كي لا تخجل من تمثيله لها في البرلمانhttps://www.facebook.com/sharikawalaken/videos/1207350935984570/

 

Below is the statement Written by women activists, and that is open to be signed by all:

بيان للتوقيع والنشر صاغته ناشطات نسويات رداً على تصريحات النائب #ايلي_ماروني المهينة للمرأة في لبنان

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zqefNeT7ngDPVkiFXdq6xXlJbg1SGQrH120vp2YMHDw/edit

 

Below are the articles in the newspapers and media outlet that cover what happened:

Annahar

LBC News

The Daily Star

 

Action is Needed by the Political Party Kataeb of that Mp.

There is a need to amend and Delete article 522 which Blames Women being raped for their own rape, and which give them as a victory to the one who rape them!!

I call all Political parties to take action in Written against article 522 and against discriminatory articles of Penal code in Lebanon

Rita Chemaly

 

 

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Wonderful and amazing Video on gender equality by IWSAW-LAU, about the inequality facing women in Lebanon, and how decision makers are not considering the women voices!

The video, and the Lyrics are just great! by a simple cartoon they tackle GBV,  it tackles women stereotyping and the fact that law makers are not discussing women issues and rights with Women!!

I loved also  how they say that law makers prepare laws and forget them and Loose them in the drawers!!!

I remember that since 2011 many law amendments were presented to the Parliament in Lebanon regarding equality, and till now, LAWS were not Discussed !!! or Voted for….

MPs, did where , in which drawer did you hide those laws amendments?!!

Hat off IWSAW team!!!

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UN-DPI-Peace-Day-Poster
 The Education Outreach Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information invites young people from around the world between the ages of 15 and 24 to submit 10- to 15-second videos in English on how the Sustainable Development Goals can build peace.
When making your videos, think about why ending poverty, addressing climate change, forging equality and ensuring access to education are important to creating a more peaceful world.
The most engaging videos will be featured on the United Nations International Day of Peace YouTube channel.
Some will even be shown at an official event at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 16 September.
We will be posting selected clips at www.youtube.com/channel/UCpLhcvaNT33Bs8ZvB4j6d8w
from 13 June (the start of the 100 day countdown) through 21 September, the International Day of Peace. When you make your video, please state your name and country at the beginning. [Example: “My name is Jimena, and I’m from Peru.”] And remember that all videos should be appropriate for viewing by younger audiences. We’ll be accepting your submissions from now until 1 September. So start sending your videos to unitednationspeaceday@gmail.com today! Background: The International Day of Peace falls on 21 September. Every year on this day, the United Nations calls on the people of the world to remember their common humanity and join together to build a future free of strife. The theme for 2016, “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”, highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for everyone, all contribute to global harmony. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at a historic summit in September 2015. More information on the International Day of Peace: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
More information on the Sustainable Development Goals: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs
Hashtags: #PeaceDay #GlobalGoals

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The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality has announced the launch of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression (SOGIE) Monitor.

“The SOGIE Monitor is a unified online documentation tool between organizations working on gender and sexuality, with a focus on LGBT populations.”

This online  platform has been created to document and classify cases of human rights violations on the basis of gender identity & expression and sexual orientation. Marsa Sexual Health Center, Helem (Lebanese Protection for LGBT), LebMASH (Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health), and MOSAIC (MENA Organization for Services, Advocacy, Integration and Capacity Building) are Part of It! Hat off to the 3 Organisations!!!!

“The aim is to allow individuals as well as service providers to document cases of violations via a secure interface and to provide the necessary follow-up and referral for violation cases. Filling this information gap will also allow for the publication of regular reports of the different violations, to be used as an important tool for advocacy and lobbying.”

For more information, here is the  website in Arabic: www.thesogiemonitor.org

Again Hat off for such a wonderful Initiative!!

Rita Chemaly

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here is the link 

إبلاغ عن انتهاك

 

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