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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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Job Vacancy

Regional Political Researcher, British Embassy Beirut

The British Embassy is recruiting a Regional Political Researcher. All applicants are invited to deliver their CV to the attention of the HR Manager, by 2 pm on Friday November 13th, 2014.


This role is as a political researcher in the British Embassy in Beirut. The role will help the UK understand political developments in the region, with a focus on the Syria conflict. You’ll do this through researching and writing reports, providing advice, and contributing to events and discussions.

Your responsibilities

 Monitor media and provide daily reports, highlighting and analysing important developments.

 Build a network of contacts with insight into regional politics that can inform UK views and understanding.

 Represent the UK at events, discussions and meetings.

 Compose, short focused political reporting on areas of interest to the UK.

 Organise events, visits, and meetings for you and your colleagues.

Person Specification

The job will require you to have a clear, developed understanding of politics in Syria and the region. You will need to demonstrate experience of using a range of sources to write objective and concise reports. Spoken and written fluency in English and Arabic is essential. You must hold a bachelors degree. An aptitude with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, and Excel) is required.

The job will require you to develop a network of contacts, and represent the UK in meetings and discussions, including with external contacts. It will require someone who can put their views across clearly, question and respond to people constructively.

The British Embassy in Beirut offers a competitive remuneration package in line with local labour law. Specific training and mentoring for the role will be provided for the successful candidate. The British Embassy is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on grounds of ethnic origin, race, religious beliefs, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

To Apply:

Please send your CV (maximum 2 pages) to britishembassy.vacancies@gmail.com attaching a one-page introductory cover letter explaining how you fit the above criteria. Please state the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Interviews will be held the week of 17 November.



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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:

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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