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Understanding Unpaid Care Work: Women’s Empowerment Beyond the Paid Economy

The advancement of women’s rights and economic empowerment in market systems contributes to the economic well-being of families, communities, and nations.

How can we do this better?

Market systems programs are increasingly targeting women’s economic empowerment. However, approaches to support women to participate in paid work often assume that women’s time is elastic. They fail to consider roles and responsibilities in the household and the community, and the unpaid labor needed to sustain the households, community and the economy. This can undermine both development outcomes and market activities. For women to fully enjoy their economic rights in an optimized, shared and sustained way, the interlinkages between unpaid care work and market systems approaches need to be understood and addressed.

What is unpaid care work?

Unpaid care work is a group of activities that serves people in their well-being, outside the paid economy. It includes (i) direct care of people; (ii) housework; and (iii) unpaid community work. It is work because it involves time and energy in and it is shaped by power relations and social norms.

Unpaid care work is a social good. It becomes problematic when it is:

1. invisible, and therefore undervalued or ignored

2. characterized by extremely heavy care tasks, most notably in poor communities without adequate access to services; and,

3. unequal, meaning that the biggest responsibility falls on women and girls in poor communities.

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I am sharing the latest report by I can on how to prevent extreme violence.here is the Link to the Full 19-Page 2017 Report:


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What changes in your life when you have kids? Evrything.

Today i will only focus on what you Have to Have , the must have as a priority:

With all the games, the kids have at home, when i do my groceries shopping i have to , insist i have to pass by the batteries stand in the supermarket. We bought tournevis for the kids games, and…. tons tons of batteries.

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I have tried fun zone reyfoun this summer, and we went there at least 7 times this summer. We just loved it. Kids and parents. Big , open space for kids to run, plenty of chairs for parents, safe games. I just love this place for my kids to play.

Although the resto is in my opinion average. Average taste, service slow. We ate there each time, but it s not my favorite. The good thing is it is open on the kids zone. We can watch the kids play and run in all the games. Usually in reyfoun what i prefered and suggest is to eat at kababji/avenue and then go down to fun zone, where kids can have water and juice.

In antelias, tonight was my first experience, i guess after trying reyfoun and all the space and the new games there, and the numerous games for all ages, i am disappointed. Old games, some neglected (attached pics) , the space is not that big. And unlike reyfoun there is no accompagnatrice in each game.

What shocks me everywhere in fun zone and other places, is the arguileh for parents at the resto. Thanks god it s only in the resto that it is allowed.

The space is clean too, the cleaning lady tours the place all the time. At the end, for grading and rating for reyfoun fun zone i grade 9/10 for antelias fun zone 5.5/10.

Below are some pics from antelias:

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Lebanese MPs have voted the amendment of the #rape #Law marriage article 522!!

looking forward for other Steps Forward for Women’s rights in Lebanon!!

Below are some of the articles covering this great Step FORWARD for Lebanese Women

Al Joumhouriya http://www.aljoumhouria.com/news/index/378460

Future TV network



Source : Lebanese MPs abolish rape in Article 522 of penal code

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A new episode in Gender based violence, was highlighted during a discussion on Women rights! The Discussion was organised by proeminent NGO , RDFL. A Lebanese member of Parliament (re-conducted illegally) went out of the paper prepared by him or « for him?? » and said that a women has a role in pushing men to rape […]

via Blaming the Victim because she « asked » for rape Lebanon policy maker fail — Ritachemaly’s Blog

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Tomorrow the lebanese parliament will meet, during a General assembly meeting aiming to… legiferate. The number 6 point of the agenda of the legislative session is the deletion of article 522 of the penal code, also known as the rape marriage law.

Lebanese NGO Abaad has launched a massive campaign urging parliament to #undress522 ,  clearly stating that “A White Dress Doesn’t Cover the crime. 

Recently Kafa also launched a massive campaign showing that such marriage is similar to a condoleances.

As a woman activist, as a feminist, as a mother, as a citizen , I urge our members of parliament to abolish Article 522 of the Lebanese Penal Code. Tomorrow we need to win this battle. We need , as recently in Jordan to amend the penal code and uncover all rape crimes!!! 

Rita chemaly

updated : the Lebanese Parliament voted for the amendment of Article 522 of the penal code on the 16 of August 2017

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