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Je suis tres contente! Hier le Parlement libanais a vote pour le projet de loi prepare par la Commission Nationale des femmes Libanaises (WWW.NCLW.ORG.LB) et presente au parlement par le depute Ghassan Moukhaiber en avril 2016.  Le projet de loi Permet aux femmes libanaises mariees, d’etre candidates aux elections municipales dans leurs localites  d’origine.

Ce droit est tres IMPORTANT. Il permet aux femmes de ne pas perdre tout les accomplissements qu’elles ont construits toute leur vie jusqu’a leur mariage. ce droit permet aux femmes de garder leur propre identite et de choisir ou se presenter aux elections, sans perdre tous les assets qu’elles ont pris du temps, du temps de leur vie a batir dans leur village/region d’origine, avec leur famille. Ce droit permet aux femmes de ne plus etre exclues de leurs familles.

Ce droit permet aux femmes de participer activement au developpement de leurs regions, de ne pas etre simples spectatrices, pire des spectatrices de passage. Leur mariage leur coupait le droit de participer activement au developpement de leur localite d’origine. Les femmes qui etaient elues en tant que celibataires dans le conseil municipal, perdaient leur poste apres le mariage. Mais la nouvelle loi, La loi amendee leur permet de garder un lien fort avec leur region et pouvoir marquer leur region des traces indelebiles de leurs travaux!

Municipales dans quelques annees, vous allez voir le nombre de femmes qui vont 1 se presenter aux elections et 2 gagner et 3 developper leur localite!!!

En toute solidarite

Rita Chemaly

LOI MUNICIPALE EGALITE FEMME LIBAN ELECTION

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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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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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*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!”

 

Youpiii!!!!

Rita Chemaly

 

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To all the blog readers wanting to know what the national machinery in Lebanon is working on regarding to Women’s rights in lebanon, here is the Annual Report dated December 2014 covering all the components from LAWS to Circulars, with clear details regarding the discrimination faced by women . Also, the networking happening between the NCLW and the CSOs as well as the International agencies is clear!!

the report is in 2 languages!!!

Rita Chemaly!!

Women in Lebanon will one day be Free of ALL kind of Discriminations thanks to the efforts of ALL!!!

 

NCLW Annual Report 2014 copy reducedNCLW Annual Report 2014 english and arabic

 

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1- Researcher for Gulf Team:

The Middle East and North Africa Programme at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International is seeking to appoint a dynamic, team oriented person to the role of Iraq Researcher in the Gulf team.

“ABOUT THE JOB:
As a research-based campaigning organization, investigating and documenting human rights issues is fundamental to our advocacy and lobbying work. Our Gulf team requires a researcher to take the lead in initiating human rights research and action by providing regional and thematic expertise, excellent research skills and sound political judgement. A campaign oriented approach to your work is essential. You will be required to conduct and co-ordinate research activities, monitor, investigate and analyse political, legal and social developments and human rights conditions, give authoritative advice on these areas and prepare human rights action materials.

ABOUT YOU:
With experience of working on human rights issues, you must have specialist knowledge and preferably first hand experience of the Gulf region in particular Iraq and an understanding and awareness of the cultures of the Gulf region. You’ll have a background in activism, academia, law or journalism with the ability to identify and thoroughly investigate those issues and ensure our voice has authority. You will need proven research and communication skills, impartial political judgement, coupled with strong strategic thought. Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills, is essential, as is the ability to speak and read Arabic fluently. ”

here is the source for the opening : https://careers.amnesty.org/vacancy/researcher—gulf-team-1332/1358/description/ 

Here are more details appearing on the page about this specific opening

  • Closing Date: 17 January 2016
  • Directorate: Research
  • Location: London
  • Type: Fixed Term Contract
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Working Hours: 35
  • Salary: £43,200

to download the full TOR of the researcher job file:Researcher – Gulf Team amnesty international

2- Gender sexuality and identity – PROGRAMME DIRECTOR (1371)

“Whatever a person’s gender, sexuality, race, religion or any other identity tag, no-one should be discriminated against on the basis of who they are. No one should have their rights violated because of their identity, or because they defend the human rights of others. That’s why we’re committed to ending human rights abuses on the basis of identity, and ending the prejudice and discrimination that fuel such abuses. It’s pioneering work – and it’ll be down to you to lead the way. 

About the role
In this highly influential role, you’ll shape and develop our strategies, policies, research and advocacy on gender, sexual orientation and other forms of identity-based discrimination – making us the recognised authority on human rights abuses grounded in such discrimination. Doing this successfully means working with people across Amnesty International (AI), strengthening our research methodologies and managing a team of dedicated staff as they advise us on how to how to research, advocate and campaign on equal rights. It will involve raising awareness, enabling staff to play their roles and generating external debate. As well as writing incisive analyses, reports and briefings, you’ll represent AI to the media and to policy makers. You’ll also manage a significant budget and develop a coherent and effective operational plan. More than that, you’ll keep up to date with emerging political, academic and human rights trends to better support those who are standing up to perpetrators of human rights violations throughout the world. Even more importantly, you will yourself be an important thought leader or entrepreneur in this area of work.

About you
An experienced human rights leader, you’ll have an impressive record of researching for advocacy and carrying out intersectional analyses of discrimination in relation to human rights. You’ll have a proven record of work and scholarship in identity-based discrimination. You’ll need specialist knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law and a proven ability to inspire and motivate those around you. With practiced relationship-building and strategic planning abilities, you’ll be adept at successfully managing people and resources. You’ll also have shown your ability to write for a variety of publications and have the credibility, communication skills and political judgement to represent AI externally. A strong team player, you’ll be committed to working collaboratively and be passionate about ending identity-based human rights violations.”

here is the source of the opening: https://careers.amnesty.org/vacancy/gender-sexuality-and-identity—programme-director-1371/1397/description/

3 – finally a post that is for the BEIRUT Office: Regional Director  MENA: (1388)

“THE CONTEXT

Amnesty International has embarked on a global transition programme to ensure a more impactful and truly global presence for the movement. A movement that acts with greater legitimacy, speed, capacity and relevance as we stand alongside those whose rights are violated. We are adapting to a changing world by building on Amnesty International’s 50+ years of ground-breaking achievements for justice and freedom. We believe that by deepening our work in new global offices, including in the global South, we will be even more in line with our mission and core values. Our activists and staff around the world will have increased direct and indirect contact with defenders, partners and human rights violations in different parts of the world with our IS staff “closer to the ground”. As we build significant membership in the South, we will see international solidarity and democratic decision-making in full bloom.

In the past two years we have opened Regional Offices in Dakar, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Mexico City – and now we are expanding our presence further. Over the next year we will establish new operations in Bangkok, Tunis, Beirut with other locations to come.

ABOUT THE BEIRUT REGIONAL DIRECTOR ROLE
Our Beirut office will tackle a host of diverse human rights issues in the region. As Regional Director and leader of our presence in the region, we will look to you to develop and adapt our global strategies within the region. You will lead a multifunctional team to develop and deliver effective research, campaigns, communications, growth and fundraising plans. So you will need to create a culture of collaboration and integration as you establish the office, support your staff and take accountability for managing resources and increasing the impact of our work. At the same time, you will be guaranteeing that your team retain all that is distinctive about Amnesty including our values & beliefs, our global identity, coherence and consistency, our independence and impartiality and the centrality of the individual.

ABOUT YOU
A politically astute, experienced, inspirational and resilient leader, you will bring your expert knowledge and experience as a leader capable of influencing the direction of Amnesty International’s impact within the region. You will have a sound knowledge of regional political and social contexts that comes from living and working in the region; with knowledge of international human rights law and regional human rights frameworks you will have a balance with your awareness of membership and constituency building, fundraising and media visibility within the region. You’ll be a strategic thinker who can create plans, manage staff directly and in a global matrix, allocate resources and maintain a strong network of government, NGO and media contacts. So you’ll have the communication, presentation and advocacy skills needed to represent AI to a variety of audiences, along with the credibility to influence them and effect positive change.

ABOUT US
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world and have:

  • more than 2 million members and supporters who drive forward our fight for rights
  • more than 5 million activists who strengthen our calls for justice

Our aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, fairness, freedom and truth wherever they’re denied. And whether we’re applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations or online campaigning, we’re all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere. We can only do this because of the generous donations from millions of people around the world.

FREEDOM, JUSTICE, EQUALITY – LET’S GET TO WORK.

LE CONTEXTE

Amnesty International s’est engagée dans un programme mondial de transition, afin d’assurer une présence plus efficace et véritablement mondiale du mouvement. Un mouvement qui a renforcé sa légitimité, sa rapidité, sa capacité et la pertinence de ses actions auprès des victimes de violations des droits humains. Amnesty International s’adapte à un monde en évolution en s’appuyant sur plus de 50 ans d’avancées majeures en faveur de la justice et de la liberté. Nous sommes convaincus qu’en accentuant notre travail dans de nouveaux bureaux à travers le monde, notamment dans les pays du Sud mondial, nous serons encore davantage en accord avec notre mission et nos valeurs fondamentales. Partout dans le monde, avec un personnel du SI « plus près de terrain », nos militants et les membres de nos équipes auront davantage de contacts directs et indirects avec les défenseurs des droits humains, avec nos partenaires et avec les personnes qui ont été victimes d’atteintes à leurs droits fondamentaux. En recrutant dans les pays du Sud un nombre significatif de membres, nous verrons s’épanouir la solidarité internationale et les processus décisionnels démocratiques.

Lors des deux dernières années, nous avons ouvert des bureaux régionaux à Dakar, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong et Mexico – et nous continuons d’étendre notre présence. Au cours des prochaines années, nous mènerons de nouvelles actions à Bangkok, Tunis, Beyrouth et dans d’autres endroits à venir.

RÔLEDU DIRECTEUR RÉGIONAL DE BEYROUTH
Notre bureau de Beyrouth se focalisera sur de nombreuses questions liées aux droits humains dans la région. En tant que directeur ou directrice régional-e et responsable de notre mouvement dans la région, nous compterons sur vous pour développer et adapter nos stratégies mondiales dans la région. Vous dirigerez une équipe multidisciplinaire dans le but d’élaborer et de réaliser des travaux de recherche efficaces, des campagnes, des communications ainsi que des plans de croissance et de collecte de fonds. Lors de la mise en place du bureau, vous devrez donc développer une culture de collaboration et d’intégration, et soutenir votre équipe. Vous serez responsable de la gestion des ressources et de la maximisation de notre impact. Dans le même temps, vous veillerez à ce que votre équipe ne perde pas de vue les caractéristiques propres d’Amnesty, notamment nos valeurs et nos convictions, notre identité mondiale, notre cohérence et notre constance, notre indépendance, notre impartialité et le caractère central que nous conférons à l’individu.

VOTRE PROFIL
Avec l’intelligence politique qui est la vôtre, avec votre expérience, votre caractère mobilisateur et votre résistance, vous tirerez profit de votre expertise et de vos compétences à la tête d’une équipe pour accroître l’impact d’Amnesty International dans la région. Vous disposez d’une solide connaissance du contexte politique et social de la région, acquise en vivant et en travaillant sur place. Vous êtes au fait du droit international en matière de droits humains et des cadres régionaux relatifs aux droits humains. Vous faites également preuve de connaissances en matière de recrutement de membres, de recherche de soutiens, de collecte de fonds et de visibilité médiatique dans la région. Vous avez des capacités de réflexion stratégique et êtes capable d’élaborer des plans, de gérer une équipe tant directement que dans le cadre d’une structure mondiale, de répartir des ressources et d’entretenir un solide réseau de contacts au sein du gouvernement, d’ONG et des médias. Vous disposez donc des compétences nécessaires en matière de communication, de présentation et de travail de pression pour représenter Amnesty International auprès de publics variés. Vous jouissez également de la crédibilité suffisante pour avoir une influence sur ces publics et les orienter vers un changement positif.

À PROPOS DE NOUS
Amnesty International est un mouvement mondial réunissant plus de sept millions de personnes qui agissent pour que les droits fondamentaux de chaque individu soient respectés. Nous touchons presque tous les pays du monde et nous comptons : 

  • plus de 2 millions de membres et sympathisants qui font avancer notre lutte en faveur des droits
  • plus de 5 millions de militants qui renforcent nos appels à la justice

Notre objectif est simple : mettre fin aux violations des droits humains. Indépendante, internationale et influente, notre organisation se bat pour la justice, l’équité, la liberté et la vérité partout où elles sont bafouées. Que nous nous engagions en menant d’importantes recherches, par un travail de pression directe, en organisant des manifestations de masse ou des campagnes en ligne, nous sommes tous poussés par l’espoir d’un monde meilleur. Un monde où les droits humains seraient respectés et protégés par tous et partout. Notre travail n’est rendu possible que par les dons généreux de millions de personnes dans le monde.

LIBERTÉ, JUSTICE, ÉGALITÉ – METTONS-NOUS AU TRAVAIL.

 

 

شرعت منظمة العفو الدولية في تنفيذ برنامج انتقالي عالمي يهدف إلى ضمان أن تصبح المنظمة حركة ذات حضور عالمي حقيقي وأكثر تأثيراً، حركة تعمل بمشروعية وسرعة وقدرة أكبر وأكثر ملاءمة للواقع، وهي تقف إلى جانب الذين تُنتهك حقوقهم. إننا نتكيف مع عالم متغير عن طريق البناء على المنجزات المبتكرة التي حققتها منظمة العفو الدولية على مدى 50 عاماً ونيِّف من أجل العدالة والحرية. ونعتقد أننا بتعميق عملنا في مكاتب عالمية جديدة، بما فيها بلدان الجنوب، سنكون أكثر اتساقاً مع رسالتنا وقيمنا الأساسية. وسيكون نشطاء المنظمة وموظفوها حول العالم على صلة مباشرة وغير مباشرة، وعلى نحو متزايد، مع المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان والشركاء وضحايا انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان في مختلف بلدان العالم، وسيكون موظفونا في الأمانة الدولية “أكثر قرباً من الميدان”. ومع بناء عضوية كبيرة في بلدان الجنوب، سنشهد ازدهاراً كاملاً للتضامن الأممي وصنع القرار الديمقراطي

وقد أنشأنا في السنتين الماضيتين مكاتب إقليمية في كل من داكار ونيروبي وجوهانسبرغ وهونغ كونغ ومدينة المكسيك- ونحن نقوم الآن بتوسيع حضورنا العالمي أكثر فأكثر. وخلال السنتين القادمتين سنقوم بإنشاء مواقع عمل جديدة في بانكوك وتونس وبيروت، مع مواقع أخرى في المستقبل.

ما يتعلق بدور المدير الإقليمي في بيروت

سوف يتعامل مكتبنا في بيروت مع طائفة متنوعة من قضايا حقوق الإنسان في المنطقة. ونحن نتوقع منك، كمدير إقليمي وكقائد لعملية تواجد المنظمة في المنطقة، أن تقوم بتطوير وتكييف استراتيجياتنا العالمية في المنطقة؛ وأن تتولى قيادة فريق متعدد الوظائف يضطلع بوضع وتنفيذ الخطط الخاصة بالبحوث والحملات والاتصالات والنمو وجمع الأموال. ولذا ينبغي أن تعمل على خلق ثقافة تعاون وتكامل أثناء تأسيس المكتب، ودعم موظفي المكتب، وتحمُّل المسؤولية عن إدارة الموارد، وزيادة تأثير عملنا. وفي الوقت نفسه، ينبغي ضمان أن يحافظ فريقك على كل ما هو مميَّز لدى منظمة العفو الدولية، بما في ذلك قيمها ومعتقداتها وهويتها العالمية وتماسكها واتساقها واستقلالها وحيدتها ومركزية الفرد بالنسبة لها.

ما يتعلق بك

إننا نتوقع منك، كقائد يتسم بالحصافة السياسية والخبرة والإلهام والمثابرة، أن تحمل معك معارفك وخبراتك وتجاربك كقائد قادر على توجيه تأثير منظمة العفو الدولية في المنطقة؛ وأن تتمتع بمعرفة رصينة بالأوضاع السياسية والاجتماعية الإقليمية المستمدة من العيش والعمل في المنطقة. وبتمتعك بمعرفة القانون الدولي لحقوق الإنسان والأطر الإقليمية لحقوق الإنسان، يمكنك خلق توازن مع وعيك ببناء العضوية وقواعد المؤازرين وجمع الأموال والحضور المرئي في وسائل الإعلام. والمطلوب أن تكون مفكراً استراتيجياً قادراً على وضع الخطط، وإدارة الموظفين بشكل مباشر، وضمن منظومة عالمية، وتخصيص الموارد، والاحتفاظ بشبكة قوية من الصِلات مع الحكومات والمنظمات غير الحكومية ووسائل الإعلام. وعليه ينبغي التمتع بمهارات الاتصال والتقديم والعمل الدعوي الضرورية لتمثيل منظمة العفو الدولية أمام جمهور متنوع، إلى جانب التحلي بالصدقية اللازمة للتأثير عليهم وإحداث تغيير إيجابي.

 

ما يتعلق بنا/ من نحن 

منظمة العفو الدولية حركة عالمية تضم ما يزيد على 7 ملايين عضو ومؤازر وناشط يناضلون من أجل عالم يتمتع فيه جميع البشر بجميع حقوق الإنسان. وتصل المنظمة إلى كل بلد من بلدان العالم تقريبا، وتتألف من:

  • أكثر من 2 مليون عضو ومؤازر يقومون بدفع نضالنا من أجل الحقوق إلى لأمام،
  • أكثر من 5 ملايين ناشط يعززون دعواتنا من أجل تحقيق العدالة.

وهدفنا بسيط: وضع حد لانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان. وبصفتها منظمة مستقلة ودولية ومؤثرة، فإنها تناضل من أجل العدالة والمساواة والحرية والحقيقة حيثما يجري الحرمان منها. وسواءً كنا نمارس ضغوطاً من خلال البحوث القوية أو كسب التأييد، بواسطة المظاهرات الجماهيرية أو الحملات عبر الانترنت، فإننا جميعاً يحدونا الأمل في عالم أفضل، عالم تحظى فيه حقوق الإنسان بالاحترام والحماية من قبل كل شخص في كل مكان. ولا يمكننا أن نفعل ذلك بدون التبرعات السخية لملايين الأشخاص من سائر أنحاء العالم.

حرية، عدالة، مساواة- هيَّا إلى العمل.

there is no salary salary scale for this post 😦 here r the details they give :

  • Closing Date: 17 January 2016
  • Directorate: Regional Offices and Global Operations
  • Location: Beirut
  • Type: Permanent
  • Working Hours: 35

good luck for all!!

Rita Chemaly

 https://careers.amnesty.org/vacancy/regional-director—mena—

beirut-office-1388/1414/description/Here is the source:

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Chemaly rita child marriage law Lebanon

Finally and after months of studies and meetings, the National Commission for Lebanese Women has presented to the Lebanese Parliament the Project Law (Draft Law) aiming at protecting children that are minors (less than 18 years old) from early marriages in Lebanon.

This draft law asks the amendment of article 483 of the penal code and makes the religious leader responsible of marriying children responsible of taking the approval of the Judge of the Juveniles prior to any tightening the knot of child brides or boys!

also the family of the children is made responsible of such marriages and mainly the “Wali” or the guardian/Tutor of the child that is getting married.

Also the draft law amends the competencies of the Judge of the Juvenile and the law of the Juveniles in Lebanon, obliging the guardians/tutor of minor children take the prior approval of the Judge of Juvenile for “special marriages”. The Judge will have to undertake a socio-economical analyse before giving his approval or denial of that right.

This Draft law that was presented by Member of Parliament Ghassan Moukheiber yesterday Monday 29 september 2014 at the Lebanese Parliament will now be studied by the Parliament Committees and than will go for a public vote on a General Assembly.

For me, as an activist working on that issue for so long, this is a first step, a huge step forward, all I aim for now is for the Parliament commissions to study the draft law, and Vote for it .

Children in Lebanon need protection from Marriage, from trafficking! this is a Step Forward!!

Hat for NCLW and for all those who are working from behind the scene toward protecting those vulnerable parties!

For those who wish to read the text of the draft law here it is:

Draft law protecting children from early marriage in Lebanon text of law as presented to the Lebanese Parliament -Rita Chemaly

Below is a infographic by Child not bride showing how early marriage impacts negatively the life of children and societies!

child marriage a global problem

Rita Chemaly

Below is the press review of the draft law registration at the Lebanese Parliament on Monday 29 of september 2014: http://www.neswacafe.com/newsneswa1.php?go=fullnews&newsid=4255

http://www.alaraby.co.uk/society/0009743f-2aa4-416b-805c-dbeba0b00eed

http://www.tayyar.org/Tayyar/News/PoliticalNews/ar-LB/mkhayber-underage-marriage-zek-50.htm

مشروع قانون لتنظيم زواج القاصرين

http://www.assafir.com/Article/375347

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What Aliaa Magda Elmahdy has done by publishing a picture of herself “menstruating ” with another one “defecating” on an ISIS flag is in my opinion neither beautiful, nor powerful nor empowering .

I am so sorry to say that the picture is disgusting,

to mobilise against ISIS, in my humble opinion we need to work on education, and socialisation since the beginning and the birth of each Child.

I know that ISIS and their rebarbative ideas and actions of robbing, murdering, killing, raping are a true horror, but I don’t think the picture of Aliaa might change anything!

instead these actions might be more productive! http://www.coptstoday.com/Hot-Issues/Detail.php?Id=81670

here is Al Arabiya coverage of the story

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2014/08/26/Egyptian-female-activist-defecates-on-ISIS-flag-.html

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the picture is cropped and taken from this post "Women’s Rights Activists Bleed and Defecate on ISIS Flag to (Apparently) Protest Islamic State’s Misogyny" http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/08/26/womens-rights-activists-bleed-and-defecate-on-isis-flag-to-apparently-protest-islamic-states-misogyny/

the picture is cropped and taken from this post “Women’s Rights Activists Bleed and Defecate on ISIS Flag to (Apparently) Protest Islamic State’s Misogyny”
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/08/26/womens-rights-activists-bleed-and-defecate-on-isis-flag-to-apparently-protest-islamic-states-misogyny/

 

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To mark International Youth Day, 2014, IOM has produced a short film, titled ‘Letter from a Refugee’. The film features moving, honest interviews with a group of young ladies who have fled Syria; they describe the extreme fears, mental health issues and ongoing hope they experienced as young people in a war zone.

the movie is below

 

Rita Chemaly

 

below is the release by WUNRN

Direct Link to Video:
 
SYRIAN GIRLS TELL THEIR REALITIES, CHALLENGES, DREAMS – IOM DOCUMENTARY VIDEO

12 August 2014 – Lebanon/Syria – IOM today launched a video documenting the hopes and fears of a group of young Syrian women in Lebanon to mark International Youth Day, which this year focuses on mental health. 

“Letter from a Refugee” follows their emotional journey from fleeing the war in Syria, the stress of separation from family and friends, the difficulties of adapting to their new environment and, ultimately, the discovery of their own inner strengths.

The video was shot at DARI, a Recreational and Counselling Center for Families in Baalbeck in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, and is the result of a creative self-help workshop – part of an Italian government-funded IOM project: “Psychosocial Support to Crisis-Affected Youth and their Families in Syria and Neighboring Countries.”

The IOM project has provided psycho-social help to over 220,000 displaced Syrian young people and their family members in Syria and Lebanon and trained some 1,290 mental health professionals in the two countries since June 2013.

“Good mental health is not only the absence of mental disorders, but is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life and is able to make a contribution to his or her community,” says IOM Head of Psychosocial Support Guglielmo Schininà.

“Young people on the move, including refugees, displaced, unaccompanied children and young people left behind by migrating parents, often face stresses that are not considered “normal.” Their ability to contribute to the life of their community of origin and host community is often hampered by administrative, cultural and social barriers, and stigma,” he adds.

“This video and animation laboratory helped these girls to acknowledge their suffering, share their experiences, establish solidarity with each other and explore shared coping strategies,” he notes.

 

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Following the ISIS symbols and categorisation in the Arab World , with the N for the ‪#‎Nazarene‬ – solidarity w/ Christians of Irak Mossoul,

on the Lebanese social  networks a picture was created with the letter “M”  M for that doesn’t matter to you, whether I am a Christian ” Masihi” in arabic, Whether I am a “Muslim” or an Atheist “Moulhid” ….

M means doen’t matter for you “Ma Khassak”  or in Lebanese almost a “fuck off”

Rita Chemaly

 

 

symbols against religious stigmatization in Lebanon and arab world Rita Chemaly 

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I was the guest of the full stop program on sat 7 arabic in which I talked about Human trafficking :

in this context we  tackled the issues of child soldiers, the role of states, prostitution, domestic work, child marriage, selling organs….

to watch the full episode in arabic here is the youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDWsmBEd91k&feature=youtu.be&a

 

Rita Chemaly

Author and researcher in political sciences

I was the guest of Full Stop Program of Sat7 Arabic to talk about Human Trafficking July 2014

I was the guest of Full Stop Program of Sat7 Arabic to talk about Human Trafficking July 2014

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By Rita Chemaly

 

 

From Mossoul, to Lebanon, here are some of the pictures shared on Social Media related to the Symbols used by ISIS to categorise people.

Do you remember the star used by the nazis on the jewish houses?

and here we go again in 2014 in a part of the world that is used to people from different communities and with different beleifs to live together.

What was drawn on the houses of some people by ISIS, was used on Social Media by activists and users

here is the status that went viral on Facebook: ” Who you stand with? Many users are changing their profile pic to the letter ‘N’ for ‪#‎Nazarene‬ – solidarity w/ Christians of ‪#‎Mosul‬ ‪#‎ISIS‬

DISCRIMINATORY LETTERS SYMBOLS IN ARAB isis

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Le nombre de Femmes en Politique au Liban est a mon avis honteux.

Une seule femme au Gouvernment en 2014: Le celebre pouvoir executif reste en deca de nos expectations d’activistes et de citoyens et citoyennes.

4 femmes au Parlement: Notre celevre pouvoir legislatif gagne une des pire places dans le nombre des femmes au monde.

WomenInParliament_LEBANON Rita Chemaly

Statistiques sur le nombre de femmes au parlement libanais (2014) Source IPU

Voici une des illustrations prises de “L’inter Parliamentary Union:

http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/2179.htm

Que faire pour que le Liban ne soit pas a la traine dans la participation politique des femmes?

Mettre en place des cellules de travail politique et strategique dans tous les partis politiques.

Non les femmes dans les partis politiques ne sont pas uniquement la pour creer des comites de Brunch, Breakfast et VIp soirees. Ni sont la juste pour les comites de bienfaisances.

Elles ont leur mot a dire en ce qui concerne l’economie du pays, le travail informel, la strategie de defense, la politique exterieure et interieure , l’armee et autres….

Allez citoyennes de ma patrie, ecrivons, actons et participons activement aux Choix de Notre Cite!

Rita Chemaly

Pour plus de details sur le systeme politique libanais et la participation des femmes, il est possible de checker mes articles precedents:

For a list of all related articles in different languages:

Rita Chemaly

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Executive Director

 

The Anna Lindh Euro-Med Foundation (ALF) focuses on bringing people together from across the Mediterranean to improve mutual respect between cultures and to support civil society working for a common future for the region. It is co-financed by the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Commission. In accordance with ALF Statutes, “the Executive Director shall be appointed by the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors will vote for one candidate out of the short list presented by the European Commission”. The process for recruiting the new Executive director is now open (see job description (http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/regional-cooperation/e…) and applications shall be received before the 28th August 2014. – See more at: http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/job-opportunities#sthash.KXHSeg8H.dpuf

 

For all those who are interested here is the link to the full Job description and application procedure:

 

 http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/regional-cooperation/enpi-south/documents/140709_alf_job_offer_en.pdf

 

Executive director of the Anna Lindh Foundation

Post based in Alexandria, Egypt

(3 years, up to 6 years)

 

 

We are

The European Commission is in charge of the pre-selection of the Executive Director of the Anna

Lindh Foundation.

The Anna Lindh Foundation is an inter-governmental institution bringing together civil society and

citizens across the Mediterranean to build trust and improve mutual understanding. It has a legal

personality as an international organisation based in Alexandria (Egypt) and registered with the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The Foundation was created by the governments of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership – the farreaching

political agreement established in 1995 between the European Union and its Southern

Mediterranean partners with the purpose to bring people together from across the Mediterranean to

improve mutual respect between cultures and to support civil society working for a common future for

the region.

Since 2005, the Anna Lindh Foundation has launched and supported action across fields impacting on

mutual perceptions as well as developing a region-wide Network of over 4000 civil society

organisations. Through its action and reflection the ALF aims to contribute to the development of an

Intercultural Strategy for the Euro-Mediterranean Region, providing recommendations to decisionmakers

and institutions and advocating for shared values. The main scope of the ALF is overcoming

the misunderstandings and stereotypes which affect relations between and within the societies of the

Region, a task which became of utmost importance in the last decade. As a contribution to the

creation of a space of prosperity, coexistence and peace, the ALF works to restore trust in dialogue

and bridge the gaps in mutual perceptions, as well as promoting diversity and coexistence.

The Foundation is co-funded by the European Commission and the 42 countries of the Union for the

Mediterranean and its contracting procedures are in line with the EU procedures stipulated in the

Practical Guide to Contract procedures for EU external actions.

We propose

The challenging and high-profile position of Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation

comprises the following main responsibilities:

Prepare the multi-annual work programme of the Foundation and its budget in consultation

with the President and the national networks;

Appoint and head the staff of the Foundation;

Ensure the stability of the structure of the Foundation and its compliance with the Foundation’s

objectives;

Maintain linkages with the network of national networks and guarantee good contacts between

the networks themselves;

Prepare the annual work programme for adoption by the Board of Governors and to ensure its

implementation in consultation with the ALF President.

Execute the budget;

Submit periodic and annual activity reports as well as financial accounts to the Board of

Governors for adoption;

Maintain transparent procedures and correct circulation of information concerning all activities

done or supported by the Foundation;

Prepare the meetings of the Board of Governors.

According to the ALF Status, the Executive Director shall be the legal representative of the

Foundation.

We look for

Based on the above, the following are the proposed criteria for evaluation of eligible applications for

the purpose of short-listing for interview for the post of ALF Executive Director:

The candidate should be a national of one of the following UfM Mediterranean Partner

Country: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya,

Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia or Turkey.

Hold a University degree.

Have at least 15 years of relevant professional experience, and at least 5 years of

professional experience related to intercultural dialogue or civil society in the Euro-Med region.

Have practical experience in programmes in intercultural areas or engaging with civil society

organisations.

Have experience with international cooperation and dialogue and institutions and for a from

the southern Mediterranean.

Have an extensive knowledge of international standards in general management of

international organisations.

Have an extensive knowledge of international standards in financial management.

Have an extensive knowledge of experience in human resources management, including in an

international environment

Have knowledge in the management of donor funded programme(s).

Previous experience with project management, in particular with EU funds, in countries of the

southern Mediterranean region will be a strong asset.

Knowledge of EU policies in the region and more specifically on youth, gender and towards

civil society

The candidate must be computer literate.

Excellent communication skills are essential.

The candidate shall be fluent in English and French and in one of the Mediterranean Partner

Country languages.

Selection and appointment

In accordance with the ALF statute, the Executive Director shall be appointed by the Board of

Governors for a term of office of three years which may be extended once for a total of maximum six

years. The Board of Governors will vote for one candidate out of the short list presented by the

European Commission. As part of this selection procedure, candidates may be called for an interview

with the selection committee members, in September 2014.

The successful candidate will be recruited by the Anna Lindh Foundation at a net salary ranking 144

000 € and 159 000 €/ year (depending on experience). He/ she must successfully complete a ninemonth

probation period.

The selected candidate will have to abide by the national fiscal regulation applicable to him/her.

Equal opportunities

The European Commission applies a policy of equal opportunities and non-discrimination.

Application procedure

Before submitting your application, you should carefully check whether you meet all the eligibility

criteria, particularly those concerning the level of education, the type of diploma obtained and

professional experience required.

If you want to apply, you must send a CV in Word or PDF format and a letter of motivation (maximum

8 000 characters) to the following email address: executivedirector.alf@ec.europa.eu

Once the deadline for registration has passed, you will no longer be able to apply. Late registrations

will not be accepted.

Both the CV and letter must be written in English or French.

On completion of your application, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not

receive the acknowledgement of receipt, your application has not been registered.

Please note that it is not possible to monitor the progress of your application online. You will be

contacted directly regarding the status of your application.

If you have a disability that prevents you from registering online, you may submit your application (CV

and letter of motivation) on paper by registered mail, postmarked no later than the closing date for

registration. All subsequent communication will be by post. In this case, you must enclose with your

CV and motivation letter, a certificate attesting your disability, issued by a recognised body. You

should also set out on a separate sheet of paper any special arrangements you think are needed to

make it easier for you to take part in the selection procedure.

If you require more information and/or encounter technical problems, please send an e-mail to HRexecutivedirector.

alf@ec.europa.eu

Closing date

The closing date for application is 28th August 2014 at 6 pm Brussels time.

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For those interested in applying for the call for candidature of the  Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the post of Head of Admin and finance, please do follow the link below, http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/sites/annalindh.org/files/documents/page/call_for_candidature_hoaf_final.pdf

good Luck!

Rita Chemaly

 

Call for Candidature

to the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation

for the Dialogue between Cultures (ALF)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

(http://www.annalindhfoundation.org) has a legal personality as an international organisation

based in Alexandria (Egypt) and registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the

Arab Republic of Egypt.

The Foundation was created by the governments of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership

– the far-reaching political agreement established in 1995 between the European Union

and its Southern Mediterranean partners with the purpose to bring people together from

across the Mediterranean to improve mutual respect between cultures and to support

civil society working for a common future for the region.

To fulfil this objective, the Foundation leads regional initiatives in the Euro-Med region

and supports local activities carried out by civil society organisations which advocate a

better understanding among people, religions and beliefs. The Foundation works as

Network of Networks in the 42 Euro-Mediterranean countries.

The Foundation is co-funded by the European Commission and the 42 countries of the

Union for the Mediterranean and its contracting procedures are in line with the EU

procedures stipulated in the Practical Guide to Contract procedures for EU external

actions.

The Anna Lindh Foundation seeks for recruitment, as of 1 October 2014

(provisional date), one Head of Administration and Finance Unit.

ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANTS

In order to be eligible, applicants must be nationals of one of the 42 EuroMed countries

(Albania; Algeria; Austria; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus;

Czech Republic; Denmark; Egypt; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary;

Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jordan; Latvia; Lebanon; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Mauritania;

Monaco; Montenegro; Morocco; Palestine; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Slovak Republic;

Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; The Netherlands; Tunisia; Turkey; United Kingdom).

HOW TO APPLY?

Candidatures including a CV of not more than five pages (format:

http://europass.cedefop.eu.int) and a one-page letter of motivation in English shall be sent to the email address candidature@euromedalex.org before end of 16 August 2014 clearly indicating the reference number of the post.

Post Ref. no. AF/2014/HoU/1

JOB DESCRIPTION

Head of Administration and Finance Unit

International Post

General Management Duties

Assisting the Executive Director in implementing the strategic goals of the ALF and

giving direction and leadership towards achieving its mandate and objectives.

Replacing the Executive Director and representing the ALF in his/her absence or as

per delegation of tasks.

Day-to-day management of ALF Headquarters in Alexandria with responsibilities

regarding the budgetary and financial dimensions of all the ALF Operations.

Planning and allocating resources to effectively staff and accomplish the ALF work.

Planning, evaluating, and improving the efficiency of processes and procedures to

enhance speed, quality, efficiency, and output.

Establishing and maintaining relevant controls and feedback systems to monitor the

operations of the Unit.

Ensuring that all the ALF decisions are taken in accordance with approved Manuals of

Procedures and in line with approved work plans.

Ensuring proper communication flows and reporting inwards and outwards notably

towards donors.

Preparing timely management information.

Specific Duties and Accountabilities

Financial Management:

Preparing the forecasted budget for the ALF Triennial Programme and the Annual

Work-Plans, in collaboration with the Head of Programme and Operations Unit.

Providing financial reporting and financial information for the ALF Management, the

Board of Governors and the EC.

Producing monthly financial statements and providing effective financial advice to the

Executive Director.

Contributing to the overall Foundation’s implementation strategy and operations as

the Head of Unit responsible for the contracts and finance.

Supervising the execution of the budget in line with the generally accepted accounting

rules and proposing sound financial solutions to ALF operational challenges.

Preparing ALF activities financial planning against the funds made available by the

Member States, the European Union and/or other donors.

Developing and updating ALF’s rules and procedures and the manuals describing

adequate systems of internal control.

Ensuring the financial validation of procedures proposed in the framework of the

Foundation Programme implementation and its relevant financial transactions.

Maintaining an efficient control and software records of ALF funds and assets.

Being responsible of the financial and contractual dimension of the monitoring and

evaluation of projects implementation and ensuring the payments related to them.

Serving as the principal contact and coordinator with audit bodies, providing them with

the necessary assistance.

Signing on matters related to “Purchase and Procurement Orders” for supplies and

services in compliance with the articles of the manual of procedures.

Being joint signatory authority on payments (checks, transfers) beside the Executive

Director.

Procurement Management:

Managing the development of procurement policies and procedures and providing

recommendations based on the EU and donors’ regulations.

Supporting the ALF Units by carrying out the appropriate procedures for the

procurement of goods and services of the best value, best quality at best prices to

meet the Programme’s needs.

Developing and implementing international donors’ procurement tools and

methodologies.

Leading the procurement team in processing duties, plans and allocating work

assignments, implementing and monitoring bid schedule.

Ensuring the process of drafting tender dossiers and serving as Chairperson for

evaluation committee meetings and announcing the awarded contracts, contacting

the awarded contractors, and following up contract management till the expiration of

the contract.

Monitoring the quality of procurement work team’s output, reviewing all contracts prior

to its execution.

Collaborating with other Heads of Unit to maximise the use of staff resources and

ensure efficient overall planning.

Developing and delivering training in procurement and contracting procedures to the

staff and ALF beneficiaries.

Sub-granting Scheme Management:

Developing and monitoring the guidelines for applicants and launching calls for

proposals, coordinating the evaluation process, serving as Chairperson for evaluation

committee meetings and ensuring the follow up on contract.

Human Resources Management:

Developing the Human Resources policy and ensuring its implementation.

Supervising the development of the Internship Programme Guidelines.

Reporting to the Executive Director, regularly, on HR issues.

Drafting the calls for candidatures and ensuring the follow up of employment

contracts.

Ensuring that local laws and corporate policies are consistently and fairly

implemented.

Serving as Chairperson for ALF internal evaluation committee meetings.

Monitoring the regular maintenance of the personnel files and ensuring the periodical

performance appraisal review.

Administrative duties:

Responsible for updating the Manual of Procedures, the Mission Guide and the

Personnel Procedures and Policy Manual.

Liaising with the EU, the Euro-Med member States and other donors to review

agreements and receiving financial contributions and agreements.

Ensuring the sound collaboration with the Egyptian Authorities (i.e. social insurance

department, tax authority etc.).

Serving as the principal contact with ALF legal advisor.

Carrying out other duties assigned by the Executive Director.

Profile

The successful candidate for this post must have:

Qualifications and skills

Must have a minimum of bachelor’s degree in accounting and/or business

management or equivalent qualification or comparable professional experience; Postgraduated

candidates will be considered an asset.

Must have proficient knowledge of standard computer software (MS Word®, Excel®,

PowerPoint and Outlook®). Knowledge of other project management tools and

accountability software will be considered an asset.

Must be fluent in spoken and written English with good reporting, interpersonal and

communication skills; Proficiency in French and/or Arabic will be considered a

valuable asset.

General Professional experience

At least 12 years of overall experience of which a minimum of 4 years in a similar post

in international donor-funded programmes involving project and team coordination.

Proven experience and ability in leading a multicultural team demonstrating

professional facilitation, mentoring and advising skills.

Experience in elaborating/updating Manual of Procedures, Mission Guide and

Personnel Procedures and Policy Manual.

Experience in international donors’ management tools and methodologies as well as

in processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management,

and stakeholder communications.

High degree of initiative, flexibility and resourcefulness with a lead for and drive for

results. Organisational skills and ability to multi-task and to work under pressure and

capacity to prioritize assigned responsibilities.

Specific professional experience

Compulsory sound knowledge of and working experience with EU financial and

contractual procedures. The number of years will be valorized.

At least 4 years of experience in general financial management of an autonomous

structure similar to ALF putting in place accountability, financial and administrative

tools;

At least 2 years of previous experiences in conducting EU tender procedures for

services and supply including contract management.

At least 1 year of previous experience in conducting EU Grant procedure from

launching till contract management. The number and complexity of experiences will

be evaluated.

A previous professional experience in Egypt will be considered an asset.

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The year 2014 was meant to be the year that ended the Program of Action adopted by the Cairo Conference for Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994. The document was a paradigm shift in understanding and framing reproductive health and rights and prioritizing individuals’ rights to choose and make decisions with regards to their own bodies. Now that the General Assembly extended the PoA indefinitely, and will review country progress at its 2014 session, it is the right moment to evaluate the extent to which different countries in the region implemented the PoA and how this has changed the realities lived by women and youth regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights. In the MENA region, acknowledging reproductive rights in a UN consensus document has greatly contributed in enhancing the countries’ policies especially in maternity care, family planning services and HIV/AIDS. Yet, cultural and religious discourses still play a major role in holding back sexual rights especially for young people. Women’s autonomy over their bodies is still a highly debated issue because of the deeply embedded patriarchal culture, which is also reflected in an unprecedented increase in the level of sexual violence against women.

Given the diversity of socioeconomic conditions in the MENA region, it is difficult to make categorical statements about the situation of reproductive and sexual health and rights. Yet, in many countries disparities in access to reproductive healthcare persist, where poorer, less educated and rural woman face many barriers to adequate and affordable healthcare services. In most MENA countries, women and young people are excluded from decision-making circles, which is reflected in the gender-insensitive policies adopted by these states. Adopting a progressive agenda for post-2014 will definitely positively influence women’s and young people’s lives and make governments more accountable for the health and lives of their citizens. It will also help to integrate women and youth in designing, implementing and monitoring policies that influence their reproductive health and will provide guidance on achieving reproductive justice.

Full report http://www.wluml.org/sites/wluml.org/files/report_-_reclaiming_and_redefining_rights.pdf

 

Summary source http://www.wluml.org/resource/reclaiming-and-redefining-rights-icpd20-status-sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-rights-mi

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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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Hello Parents !!! مرحبا إلكن.

 

une tres tres belle video (en arabe ou anglais) relatant un dialogue entre une maman libanaise et son fils emigre aux etats-unis pour travailler.

Elle essaye de lui dire de trouver une femme et construire une famille avec des enfants, il lui cache gentiment son orientation sexuelle.

A voir!!!!

Rita Chemaly

 

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It’s a Man’s Lebanon.

a great article by gino , in which he puts all my thoughts into words!!

and here is a part of it “Fake boobs, fake lips, fake ass cheeks, fake heels, fake brands, fake eyelashes and nails. Women are expected to dress provocatively, with cleavage on the verge of bursting and heels more fitting for a corner hooker, you’d think these girls are getting some action. If they do though, they become “damaged material” to other guys and girls, “ruining the honor” of her family. Heck, even posing topless like Jackie Chamoun can get you in a ton of trouble. So, in a hyper-sexually suggestive society, being promiscuous if you’re female is still very much frowned upon.”

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A must see short movie created to explain what women are facing with street harassment and the sexual harassment in Yemen.

” Conscience Shadow” by Abeer Sallam

Rita Chemaly

Let’s raise awareness around what is happening in our region!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6L_gxPL4LI

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here are the details of the Movie:

” Abeer Sallam is one of the winners of a documentary film competition launched by the UN in relation to Human Rights Day on 10 December 2013. Three winners received 4000 USD based on a concept note, and the results were screened in Sana’a on 19th February 2014. Through the film we met harassers and harassed women in Sana’a, and the filmmaker highlights the emotional and social restrictions being victim of harassment places on women in their everyday life. In addition to relevance, the film particularly scored high on technical quality and originality”

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Thank you Cases show for hosting me to shed light about women rights in Saudi-Arabia , KSA

to watch the show hosted by Farah Atoui and produced by Aly Sleem for Etejah TV Channel, follow the link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZyrMZhnNZw&feature=youtu.be

Kudos to all Saudi women driving, campaigning, speaking out and defying norms and bans,

You’ll do it one day, and achieve your political, social and economical rights!!

Rita Chemaly

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Last week, El Etijah has organized a specific episode related to Women and war. I have participated to this episode of the Evening Show of Esraa Haidar Zayour, to watch the 50 min episode : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e73mMlYV618&feature=youtu.be

Women and War English Rita Chemaly Al Etejah TV 2013

Thanks to Esraa for shedding light on this important subject especially now, that Lebanon welcomes Syrian refugees.

War and armed conflicts change the social role of men and women,

war has horrible consequences on Women:

Rape, domestic violence, prostitution, early marriages, dropping out of schools, trauma, fear, anguish, dispersion of families….

thanks Esraa for highlighting what is being done to overcome war consequences in the refugees camps, and what needs to be done to empower Women ….

Stop Violence! No to War! Yes for Peace, Yes for Dialogue!

Rita Chemaly

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I am enraged, those 2 days, all what TVs and media are covering are the supposed military attacks USA, France and Great Britain might do against Syria.

And since than, all the messages I am getting are “keep safe” “we will suspend our meetings” “stay home” ….

What??? I know that my post is just for me and wont be read by the BIG guys, but maybe if some of their team members may read it, they will understand, that some people who are “citizens” here in this part of the world are AGAINST any military attack!!! Syria is already living under the bombs, bombing more and letting foreign powers intervene as they did in Irak, Afghanistan, Libya or else, is a huge Mistake. Can they consider the citizens that are living in the region?? can they consider that if it didn’t work in other parts of the world, it won’t work in Syria too?!!!

I am afraid, Yes I am, for the security of those who are still living in Syria, for those who are living like me in Lebanon, and trying to make a living albeit the bombings and explosions we are witnessing!

Dear Big Guys, the Soft politic is in my opinion the solution, the political solution is still needed as it happened in Lebanon in 1989, and after in Doha….

Please dears think about it!! Syria is already a war-torn country and chemical weapons is already been used, don’t “add oil to the fire” and use a military attack, even those who you think needs you for a military attack are not as clean as they should be ! Fundamentalism, extremism, and dictatorship are all for me, simple citizen of this Middle East unacceptable!

Rita Chemaly

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Look at the Lebanese Highways and especially at the huge billboards everywhere!

 Women, teenagers, Men, children are harassed by pictures and advertisements using the women body and brain as a housewife, as a sexy doll, as a bimbo.

the examples in Lebanon are numerous. ( here are some previous examples taken from my blog : My body is not to be used for your crap ads! women’s body are sacred and not objects!

Salons de Beaute pour ENFANTS! au Liban tout est travaille pour Arranger l’image de soi

You can be Seduced by a Taouk…. or a warak arich on a women body… , for more info also do check Kherrberr website: here are great examples from it Mothers Are Not Washing Machines  , Scholl’s Babybotte: Influencing Children’s Gender Roles ! )

The problem is that me and other Lebanese and non Lebanese women living in Lebanon and bombarded by such pictures and adv will integrate them in our mind and we won’t be able to see the prejudice and discrimination they create after a while.

The small boy and the small girl are definitely influenced by those ads such as the “Babybotte and Barbie Adv! To the boy we will find it normal to buy and offer a Lego game that will help him use his brain, as for girls, we will find it normal to offer a doll, for her to pamper and integrate as an image of the mother she will once be!

I will always and always repeat that we live in a world were stereotypes related to gender role division are very difficult to overcome, but WE can do it!!

we have to be able to discern gender biased images, games and advertisements!

is it normal for media to use My body to market a car!?! I understand that women bodies are attractive but we have to stop using them and Instrumentalising them as objects for marketing!

  The gender division is so normal that when we go to a shop in Lebanon for children you’ll have a part in pink with lots of dolls and dentelles, and carrycots, and small kitchens and other part with cabs, construction games, army clothes, superman clothes for boys.

This is from where gender stereotyping begins! Malls, and shops for children!!!

Images and social Roles (women as a housewife, and men as house caretaker, and a society saviour ( the superman) ) are so commonly engraved in our sub conscience we usually reproduce and replicate them over and over! I was so glad when my Brother in Law wrote to me, “let your husband help you Iron your future new born clothes , this task is not just for women!!”

That is how we go out of the vicious circle of reproducing social roles and reinforcing social stereotypes!

I am working on it, Are you???

I loved this flyer that we (my husband and I found at the gynecologist, a Men bottle feeding his child) …. Do you think that this is common in Lebanon?? it is rare to find husbands helping with the education part of the children, why? again social roles, manly roles, patriarchal culture, and all those big issues we have to try to fight and overcome!

 Rita Chemaly

SOCIAL ROLES REPRODUCTION  RITA CHEMALY MEN BREAST AND BOTTLE FEEDING EQUALITY

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Lebanese Labor Law is not criminalizing sexual harassment at the work place yet.

Many activists and organisations have tried to change the law, legislators and responsibles didn’t take any action yet.

The consequences of Sexual Harassment are huge: not only psychological, but also economical and financial.

Lebanese women working and that are subject to sexual harassment will have to quit their work, and therefore lose their job…..

Dear Member of Parliaments who have reconducted for themselves, please do the job you are paid for, WOMEN in Lebanon Need Protection!

Rita Chemaly

 

 

Sexual harassment is:

Any physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature and other conduct based on sex affecting the dignity of women and  men, which is unwelcome, unreasonable and offensive to the recipient. Where a person’s rejection of, or submission to, such conduct is used explicitly or implicitly as a basis for a decision which affects that person’s job.

 Conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile or humiliating working environment for the recipient. For more information about it follow the link http://www.wunrn.com/news/2013/07_13/07_01/070113_jordan.htm

 

 

 

 

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