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Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon 2016-2018

National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) Supported by the  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project officer

Brief about NCLW

The National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) is an official body, which was established in 1998 by law 720, and is directly affiliated to the presidency of the Council of ministers.

As a National Women Machinery, NCLW works on enhancing the status of women and ensuring equal opportunities between men and women. NCLW acts as the consultative body of the government and of national councils and institutions on all issues related to the status of women including gender-based issues.

Brief about the GIZ LEAD Programme

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implements the programme “Strengthening Women in Decision-Making in the Middle East” (LEAD) in Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon. In collaboration with local partners, the programme aims at strengthening women’s political participation in decision-making in selected communities through: individual trainings and community project funds; promoting a gender-sensitive environment in local governance and public administration; strengthening gender platforms and networks.

  1. General information
Job title Project officer
Project Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon
Duty station NCLW’s offices in Baabda and on the field whenever needed during work days and week ends
Reports to NCLW- GIZ steering committee
Duration of the job From February 1st 2017 till 30 April 2018
  1. Background

The National Commission for Lebanese women (NCLW) supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) launched a project titled: “Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon”. The primary aim of the project is to strengthen an effective political participation of women at the local and national level and gender mainstreaming in the public administrations.

The planned activities aim to encourage women to engage stronger in politics, as active citizens, and develop their capacities when reaching high decision-making positions on the local and national levels. Through this activity NCLW will be coordinating a coalition of civil society organizations in order to advocate for the enhancement of women’s participation in decision making positions. The political participation component includes also the production of studies and researches concerning both women’s and men’s involvement in the municipal councils.

The second component of the project aims at conducting participatory gender assessment in various local institutions and ministries. Trainings will be conducted at the Ministry of Education targeting the gender unit that was created in 2013 with the mission of mainstreaming gender at the ministry.


The third component of the project aims at building knowledge and creating awareness on the 1325 UN SC resolution as well as supporting the national action plan (which is being currently developed by NCLW) through activities to be implemented in the different regions.

The project officer is responsible for providing support for the implementation of the project’s activities and ensuring quality and timely implementation of the project. She/ he will work under the direction of the project manager.

The project officer will specifically carry out the following tasks:


  • Follow up on the implementation of the planned activities ;
  • Ensure quality and timely reporting on the project’s planned activities and outputs including the production of narrative and financial reports in coordination with the project manager and NCLW team;
  • Ensure appropriate filing system for all reports and supporting documents;
  • Plan and organize regular meetings and events such as conferences, seminars, focus groups, awareness raising sessions;
  • Participate in the different capacity development and awareness activities as planned in the project ;


Monitoring and evaluation

  • Undertake regular field visits to ensure proper and efficient implementation of the project activities;
  • Prepare and participate in the meetings of the project steering committee, including the preparation of relevant documents and minutes of meetings ;
  • Assist in reviewing implementing partners’ reports and suggest modifications to planned activities accordingly ;
  • Gather and deliver to the project steering committee information about the implementation status of measures, at the planned terms and upon request.


Coordination and communication

  • Initiate and maintain regular contacts with NCLW’s partners and the project’s stakeholders
  • Assist in the preparation of various documents such as minutes of meetings, materials to be published etc.
  • Provide all needed information to help documenting, publishing and disseminating the lessons learned and best practices of the project including populating websites and social media platforms
  • Ensure continuous flow of information to the project manager and NCLW ;
  • Ensure continuous coordination with the project steering committee, staff and experts/ consultants
  • Assist in liaising with local and national CSOs and public administrations for the implementation of the project ;
  • Contribute to the documentation of the projects findings ;
  • Ensure the use of the NCLW and GIZ communication and publication guidelines for all relevant content and materials.

Other support

  • Assist in reviewing all relevant studies and publications ;
  • Assist in providing needed information and input of different implemented activities to NCLW and GIZ team to be used in their different means of communication ;
  • Provide the needed technical support to the project staff, consultants and experts;
  • Undertake other tasks as deemed necessary and in consultation with the project manager ;


  • University degree in social sciences, administrative studies or related field with knowledge in human rights, gender issues and development (especially local governance issues).
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in development activities
  • Committed to human rights and gender equality
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, team player willing to work with a team
  • Fluency in both Arabic and English (French and/or German are a plus)
  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent computer skills in various applications including word processing, database, power point and internet
  • Strong command of social media tools
  • Ability to undertake regular visits to field.

Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply by providing an updated CV detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the TORs

Please indicate the following title under subject when submitting applications:  Project officer: Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon


NCLW will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required documents above and in which there is further interest;

The CV should be submitted to the following email address: chantal.bouakl@nclw.org.lb; no later than January 30, 2017 noon.


Attached the PDF link for the  job-vacancy-project-officer_nclw and GIZ

Good Luck to all!

Rita Chemalyjob-vacancy-project-officer-nclw

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For the women journalist working in print or digital media in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, and are interested in a development program of their skills check below the annoucement in Arabic and Engligh.

please do not Send me your application but send them directly to your filled application form to apply@womeninnews.org.

 Good luck for the selection phase!!

Rita Chemaly

for more info: check the link http://womeninnews.org/

Women in News nominations now open for MENA – تم فتح باب التقديم لبرنامج النساء في الأخبار لعام ٢٠١٦!

Download: WIN 2016 application form

تحميل: إستمارة التقديم لعام ٢٠١٦

!يعلن برنامج النساء في الأخبار عن فتح باب الترشيح لعام ٢٠١٦ للصحافيات المتميزات في مصر، الأردن، لبنان وفلسطين
“يمكنكم الآن تقديم طلب المشاركة أو ترشيح صحافيات متميزات ليصبحن جزءً في البرنامج الرائد لبناء القدرات: “النساء في الأخبار
:يقدم البرنامج الميزات التالية
شهادة للدورات التدريبية حول إدارة وسائل الإعلام التي تم تطويرها خصيصا لمنظمة وان-ايفرا*
فرصة للعمل مع مدربين/ مدربات مهنيين لتطوير خارطة طريق مهنية على مدى 3-5 سنوات*
فرص فريدة للتواصل والتوجيه وتشارك الخبرات مع مشتركات من بلدان متعددة*
إن برنامج النساء في الأخبار هو جزء من استراتيجية منظمة وان-ايفرا حول النوع الاجتماعي وحرية الإعلام التي تدعمها الوكالة السويدية للتعاون الإنمائي الدولي (سيدا) لتعزيز تمثيل المرأة في المناصب العليا في صناعة الإعلام في الشرق الأوسط (الأردن، وفلسطين، ومصر، ولبنان). ويجمع البرنامج بين التدريب والتوجيه والإرشاد والتشبيك لمساعدة النساء في التقدم لمناصب أعلى داخل أماكن عملهم في وسائل الإعلام

:لتقديم الطلبات أو الترشيح، يرجى تعبئة الاستمارة وارسالها بمدة أقصاها الاثنين 17 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2016 على البريد الإلكتروني


:يمكن تحميل الاستمارة من خلال الرابط التالي

 إستمارة التقديم لعام ٢٠١٦

اذا كانت لديكم أية أسئلة، الرجاء ارسالها على البريد الالكتروني


The World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is pleased to invite women working for newspapers or digital media in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine to apply for the much-sought-after Women in News (WIN) leadership development programme.

WIN works with media companies and their high potential female employees to overcome the gender gap in management and senior management positions. The programme equips women media professionals in middle and senior management positions with the strategies, skills and support networks they need to take on a greater leadership role within their organisations.

In the past four years, WIN has trained 120 women journalists from 40 media companies in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa. WIN participants have benefited from individual coaching, media management and leadership skills training, mentoring and networking opportunities to strengthen their skill-sets and help them overcome barriers to advancement in the workplace.

This is a results-based programme: 84% of participants reported having been given more responsibility in the workplace, with 40% of participants securing a promotion within their media companies while 68% of participants reported that after the training they noted more opportunities to progress within their companies.

Successful applicants will benefit from the following in 2016:

  1. One-on-one Coaching to work towards a specific career goal within their media company or to implement a workplace project of their choice.
  2. Certified Leadership and Media Management training through a skills development curriculum specifically designed for the WIN programme and delivered by regional experts.
  3. Peer Mentoring to allow for exchange of ideas and experiences, and create peer-to-peer support networks.
  4. Networking opportunities in national or regional settings to facilitate the creation and expansion of business networks.

WHO CAN APPLY:  WIN MENA* is open to media women with a minimum of 2 years in a middle management position (editorial or a senior journalist) within newspapers and digital media in  Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.

Note: successful participants will be expected to travel on specific occasions throughout the programme.

Please note that the programme is only accepting applications from print and digital media at this time.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should send a filled application form to apply@womeninnews.org.

Applications should arrive not later than Monday, 17 October, 2016 for Egypt*, Lebanon*, Jordan* and Palestine*.

*WIN MENA will be conducted in Arabic. Bilingual Arabic/English or Arabic/French candidates can apply.


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CALL for students and professionals:  Are you interested in electoral systems? A USJ graduate or ISP student or alumni? Are you specialized in elections? Are you an electoral practitioner? A member of an NGO specialized in elections?

Join the course on elections organised by ISP-USJ and UNDP.

intensive-3-days-course-on-elections-at-isp-usj-rita-chemalyCall for registration in the 3 Day intensive Course on Electoral Systems

Course title:              Electoral Systems: A Comparative Perspective

Dates:                         Monday to Wednesday 17-19 October 2016

Location:                   Institute of Political Sciences, USJ , Huvelin Street,  Beirut

Working language:      English

Course overview:

The course is a short, intensive and participatory learning experience for electoral practitioners and graduates interested in exploring the essentials of the structure and functions of electoral systems from a comparative international perspective, and understanding the practical use of electoral systems as instruments for inclusion, representation and delivery capacity of democratic governments.

The course will cover the following broad issues around electoral systems:

  • Electoral systems as rules of the game for elections with discussion on where the rules are embodied, the essence of democracy as a government of the people, main elements of electoral systems including formula of representation, and the relevance of the type of electoral management bodies for the working of the electoral system.
  • Electoral system families around the world with review of proportional, majority and mix systems, and the variations within each family. Comparative look at electoral systems used around the world and those in the Arab region.
  • Inclusion and representation through electoral systems with a review of demographic versus territorial representation, gender and minority representation, the inclusion of poor, illiterate and persons with disabilities in the electoral system, and dealing with electoral justice in making electoral systems effective. Linkages between the different formulas of representation with the interests of politicians and leaders.

The course involves completing three days of interactive sessions, lectures and review of country experiences; daily group work will lead to the required end of course assignment. Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

The course will be led Professor Rafael López-Pintor, a pioneer in the democracy promotion movement who has helped improve the electoral systems of more than twenty countries. He will be assisted by Wissam Lahham and Rita Chemaly from the Political Science Institute. Other professors and experts in the field will also contribute to the interactive sessions, lectures and best practice case studies, fostering innovation, creative learning and networking amongst peers.

Detailed program of the 3 days can be downloaded :


Course fees:                 100$ for USJ students, 300$ for non USJ students and professionals

For registration, send a cover email explaining why you wish to attend the course with your CV to isp@usj.edu.lb, with the subject title “registration 3 Day intensive Course on Electoral Systems” by Friday October 7 2016, at noon at the latest. ISP administration will shortlist the candidates and inform them of their successful registration by email

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Un grand ouf, a la fin de la semaine 2 apres la rentree scolaire de mon ptit en petite section!

Invites par l’ecole pour une reunion parents des nouveaux petits avec l’administration et les profs, la reunion etait pour moi une facon de comprendre le deroulement du quotidien de jean-noel, petit ecolier de la petite section!

Revisiter le Lycee pour une ancienne qui y a passe 15 ans de sa vie est toujours un moment porteur d’emotions fortes. Mais la, j’ai visite un Grand Lycee renove, et tres beau ( tel que nouvellement botoxe  avec de nouveaux immeubles et cours de recre), je suis sure que les ptits en grandissants vont adorer le nouvel super bel amphi ou nous avons ete acceuillis  par l’equipe administrative et pedagogique cet aprem!


Voila cela s’appelle papier mache!


1- Les parents en classe de petite section, PS : Quel tintammare 🙂

Deja notre experience a commence positivement avec les profs de JN en petite section! Les premiers jours, Jn a joue a la cuisine, au puzzle et a dessine (gribouille) un tres beau dinosaure/ crocodile vert!


Le premier dessin fait par Jn , notre picasso le 1er jour d’ecole!

Les profs de JN au nombre de 3 etaient la , et c’etait juste “smooth”! elles parlaient avec lui et les autres enfants, les observait en train de jouer, d’ailleurs la classe est Ouf! Spacieuse, ensoleillee et donnant sur les toboggans, le reve! Elle est dotee d’une cuisine, coin sieste, coin musique, coin livres, coin poupees et linges, coin puzzle et quoi d’autre…. c’est juste un grand espace pour apprendre en jouant , en observant et en s’amusant! vive  les Decouvertes!


Jn au GLFL s’amuse comme tout!

Les profs de JN en PS : sont dotees d’un sens d’humour exceptionnel, et sont adorables!

Aujourd’hui lors de la reunion apres le jour 5 de la rentree, la  prof roula nous a directement mis en confiance en nous montrant les photos prises durant ces quelques jours: on y voit que Tous les enfants jouent, et participent aux activites de la classe! Yey!!! les parents pleurent et les enfants eux s’amusent , jouent au tobogan et au papier mache ( ouii j’ai appris quelque chose aujourd’hui) avec roula w rima w leila!

Notre promesse aujourd’hui car elles nous ont tire les oreilles : essayer de parler en arabe/libanais  avec nos enfants a la maison, et faire plus attention a leur gouter : moins de sucre gras et de bonbons 🙂 , plus de fruits . Aie aie aie cela me rappelle que manger trop sucre et trop sale nuit a la sante!

Aussi, Parents de premiers enfants, essayer de ne pas avoir de bottes avec lacets! ouiiii les “chlik chlak” pour enlever les chaussures et les remettre avant la sieste et les activites sportives c’est plus simple! 🙂

Une super idee par une maman d’un des camarades de Jean-Noel, un groupe whatsapp pour les parents de la PSA! Chapeau! Rien de mieux , de plus rapide et efficace que l’utilisation des reseaux sociaux et des plateformes comme whatsapp pour les parents! Le courant entre les parents est tres bien passe , une photo de groupe des parents a ete prise !! yey!! si nous sommes tous et toutes clinquant,  dans 15 ans nous aurons plus de cheveux blancs a la diplomation des ptits. 🙂

Ce que j’adore, c’est que dans d’autres classes de PS, j’ai retrouve d’anciennes amies /s du Lycee qui sont la avec leur fils ou fille!!! Comme quoi le GLFL c’est bien des Generations!!!!

2- Les autocars: Connex la companie qui va accompagner nos enfants pour 15 ans! 3a hadir el bosta! toot toot vroom!

Nous habitons loin du lycee, et cela est plus simple pour nous d’utiliser le transport de ramassage scolaire  car trouver une place pour garer , deposer notre garcon et repartir travailler en plein centre de Beyrouth est juste une mission Impossible!

Jn est deja habitue a revenir en bus de la garderie depuis ces 2 ans, ainsi que de la colonie en ete. Mais la, on attend le bus tres tot, et le seul hic c’est le reveil a 5.45 am le matin!

Sinon, JN  a adore son Bus et surtout je dois la nommer car Jean-Noel l’adore: Madame ISABELLE!!! Elle et le chauffeur mikhael du matin nous acceuillent d’un grand sourire avenant avec un grand Bonjour!

Pour l’apres-midi, c’est ma maman/la teta de jn qui recoit mon fils qui revient avec un ptit bus avec une autre assistante, Mme Katia. Et parait-il tout ce passe bien aussi. d’ailleurs Mme isabelle nous a appele le 1er jour, elle avait confie Jean noel a son bus de retour, je vous ai dit qu’elle est adorable!

Le premier jour ou je devais envoyer JN en bus au Lycee, je n’ai pas dormi de la nuit. J’etais angoissee, je me posais des questions: ” est-ce qu’il se peut qu’il se perde, il ne va pas savoir leur montrer sa classe …” , bref, maman angoisse.

Je me suis reveillee a 4h et j’ai marque le NOM et Prenom de jn ainsi que notre numero de telephonne et sa classe partout! meme sur le dos du sac a dos, la gourde, ses habits, ses sous vetements!!! 🙂  mon mari pensait que je faisais simplement une crise d’angoisse. Avec un gros feutre des etiquettes scotchees partout et utilisation d’un vernis a ongle rouge pour bien marquer le nom et prenom de mon fils partout Vraiment Partout! je revois encore la tete de mon mari quand il a vu cela!

Il va de soit que le petit ne connaissant ni l’assistante ni le chauffeur pleure le premier jour, pour cela je vais proposer a connex et le lycee une rencontre comme celle avec les profs de la classe en presence des parents  des assistantes de chaque bus. Cela faciliterait l’integration des petites sections au Bus! Et cela les 2 premiers jours d’ecole. Pour les petites sections cela est Necessaire!  Tout simplement une ptite tente dans la cour les 2 premiers jours de l’integration/adaptation, ou les PS inscrits en bus vont visiter et faire connaissance avec les assistantes des bus de Connex .

Pour nous, cela c’est tres bien passe, le chauffeur et l’assistante sont adorables: Le jour 1 a l’aller Jean-noel a pleure, non mais vraiment pleure au debut, il m’a explique quand il est rentre que il m’avait perdue  😦  .

Mais depuis ce premier aller en bus, le reste des jours, il attend ” le bus de Jean Noel” avec impatience et surtout attend ”  Mme isabelle ” avec un Sourire de tres tres Bon matin!!!!

3-L’administration: proviseur et responsables de cycles

Nous les avions deja rencontre l’annee derniere au Lycee, pedagogues, ils sont toujours presents quand nous sommes au Lycee, j’ai beaucoup aime le fait qu’ils sont presents a la rentree et sortie des enfants. Ils  et elles etaint aussi presents pour nous acceuillir a la porte du Lycee le 1er Jour!


L’equipe administrative et pedagogique au complet acceuille les parents des PS! GLFL rocks!

voila, c’est le Grand Lycee, mon ecole, ouiii meme 15 ans plus tard  et je suis tres contente que Jn y aille, et surtout qu’il s’y plait!

voila notre photo de famille prise par la marraine de Jn!


Rody Jn and Me in my Old School ! Grand Lycee franco libanais sept 2016

Bonne Rentree !!!

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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Screenshot_20160731-200918I’m so glad, a political party in Lebanon has organised an internal election today, to ask the voters from the grassroots partisans to choose their candidates for the parliamentarian election.

Good step for CPL. But, but where are the women candidates on those lists?!!! A big party such as CPL needs to have more women leaders in the party! Women who work on political decisions, not brunches or our “terwi2as”. Where are the women on the lists of tayyar???? How many where they?? Can we have all their names?

When we ask for a women quota, these are not just words! Political parties need to name their women as political candidates,  the party need to help women arrive to all leadership positions!!!!

I can’t see the next elections without asking where r the women candidates of CPL??

I’m sure many of the militants and partisans are women, great leaders, they need to be on the lists!!! The 71% of voters why didn’t they vote for the women in the lists??? How many did vote for women? Why? Are partisans not acquainted of voting for women in political parties??

Below is a snapshot taken from alain aoun timeline. Btw brackets mabrouk alain, simon and ibrahim! W …

I need answers from CPL leadership!

Rita Chemaly

below are the official results of the elections of Tayyar as published on Tayyar:

Only 3 women figured on the lists of Tayyar in all Kada2 for July 2016 elections.

  • Rindala Jabbour in Bekaa gharbi  ( won by tazkiyi)
  • Katia Kiwan in Chouf ( 39 votes)
  • Nadine Neemeh in Baabda  ( 65 votes)


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*Updated infographic with the numbers of AKKAR and the numbers of candidates in Lebanon .(June 2 2016)

I am pleased to share with you , the beautiful Info graphic Map that was posted on NCLW Facebook page.  NCLW clarifies that this Map is indicative, and still need to add to it the results of Akkar. The aim of this map is to help visualise and understand the trends related to women participation in local governance (MUNICIPAL COUNCILS)  and have a pre-look at  the results while waiting for the official data on the number of winning women by the Ministry of Interior.

preliminary results show that in 2016,  599 women won in the Municipal Elections, whereas in 2010 520 women won.

as for candidates the counting shows that in 2016 1342 women were candidate in comparison in 2010: 1080 women were candidate.

the number is small , to compare, but I am sure that many factors might be interesting to analyse to see why women didn’t win more seats.

Presentation1 ELECTIONS

599 women won seats in Lebanese municipalities , 1342 were candidates in 2016

” As Data is key to lessons, NCLW team has worked on the documents related to the results of Municipal Elections of 2016 published by the Ministry of interior. The NCLW team has counted the number of women who won and the names of the women who didn’t in each Kada’. This basic counting is based on the name of the candidate, whether it is a name for a women or a men. Notice1 : the uncertain names were not counted in the results of 2016!

Notice 2: Akkar Results are not counted in these numbers, NCLW Team is waiting for their release by the ministry of Interior. This Infographic will be updated as soon as NCLW Team count the Akkar women Candidates * (this was done and new info is above)v 

Also, and based on CEDAW report , a comparison with the Municipal Elections of 2010 numbers is possible. NCLW Social Media Team is happy to share with you this in house created Infographic! while waiting for the official results , Congrats to Each Women who Won a Seat in a Municipality!”



Rita Chemaly


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