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As a workaholic, i was dreading the maternity leave. What should i do? How will i fill up my days?

I totally forgot that sleepless nights, make room for sleepy days. Some days, i just can’t open my eyes, i breastfeed on automatic mode!

Maternity leave helps the mother to heal from surgery, and the experience of giving birth, and… to adapt to the new born rythm of sleeping and eating and getting together.

A needed time for mother and child.

Some facts: Maternity leave should last at least 14 weeks,

Parental leave, or paternity leave of at least 1 month to be taken during the first year of a child is also needed!

Em jn w rafael


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Women in Lebanon face soo many challenges:

In the media, in the society, in her marriage a woman in Lebanon is stereotyped, conditio ned , and has a minimal access to basic rights.

NATIONALITY? she still can’t transmit it to her children!

Political participation and leadership roles? we have only 3% of women parliamentarians, only One woman as a minister, we Need a Quota of at least 30% of the seats !

Harassment? At work there is no clear article against it in the Labor law! Sexual harassment needs to end!

Our Penal Code? It permits in 2017 to a rapist to Marry his Victim!

Living in a patriarchal, sectarian society makes of all women fighters !

I will never give up in asking for our rights!

Basic Fundamental rights of Women in Lebanon!



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International Women’s day in Lebanon, is a day to celebrate the Fight of all women and men for equal rights, and social justice.

The fight began with some winnings: the right to vote, the right to be elected, some recent rights in taxation laws….

but the Fight need to be pursued: in Lebanon, in the parliament, the percentage of women is of 3%, the women in Lebanon have to think twice before marrying a foreigner as their children won’t be considered lebanese, the Women in Lebanon can’t open bank accounts for their children and the list is long, I have blogged about it for years.

The Big Problem is for me that 2 Lebanese Women are not equal…. not only men and women are not equal, but 2 Lebanese Woman do not have the same rights, regarding marriage and its consequences.

this enforced by our Constitution giving personal status confessions in Lebanon the right to deal with all matters regarding marriage , inheritance, adoption, guardianship, divorce.

we need to amend the Personal status laws, for them to be more in favor of women, OR and which is way better, ask for a common civil law for all…

Happy International Women’s day, and happy fight for all….

Rita Chemaly


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During one of the salons du livre we bought the book untitled “protegeons la planete” by nathan. Jn also got the signature of the author.

As lebanon is living the garbage crisis, i was always thinking of how i can raise jn to be “ecolo” or at least try to be ecolo.

For the last months, the ” protegeons la planete” is our “livre de chevet” and we read it each night!

How to keep the water clean, how  to recycle garbage, how to save forests…

What i love is the part related to garbage burning… it is written that toxic smells push us to take medicine.  jn asked me ” is this why i take hystamed?”



Em jn w raf!


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Today, we took our newly born baby boy to church for the first time . It was the first outing for me and him, after the delivery ( surgery) of last week.

To go out was not easy for me, i did it because my 3 years boy asked me : ” mum why don’t you go out with us anymore? ” couldnt answer him , i cant walk normally , therefore i tried to do an effort and join the boys!

It took me less than 5 min to  wear my clothes; take raf, “laflefou” as we say in lebanese, and head to church.

Bref, at the end of the mass , a friend asked the priest to pray for rafael.

What was funny and we all laughed was that, after he began his prayer, the priest stopped and asked us, “what is her name?” Her was the newly born.

We explained that “his” name is rafael and he is a boy.

The abouna laughingly looked at me and said and why is he wrapped up in a pink blanket?!

I was surprised, hein? My response was ” machina abouna, we went out in less that 5 min, we didnt want to be late for the mass,  and plus the beautiful pink hrem/ blanket was mine when i was young”! 🙂

We all laughed and the prayer for the newborn was just Beautiful!

A wonderful blessing!

For us Pink is for…. girls and boys!

Ps: when i told my mum the story for her to laugh, she didn’t, and she asked me where did you put the blue hrem?!

Rody and i were like grrrrr colors colors again!


Em jn w rafael 🙂





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For the first baby, preparations started 8 months before delivery date.

For the second pregnancy, if it was not for the “reflux” or “breathing with difficulty” or “being forgetful” or ” not being able to walk normally” i wouldnt have noticed i was pregnant again!

Second pregnancy term is already there, deadline too, and i feel like a student finishing preparations one night before the exam :).

When i went to the pharmacy for the list we need to have for a new baby, the pharmacist asked, “you didn’t brought them yet?!”.

I was like oops! He is not there yet. And i had work! Lol

The same for chocolate … not yet chosen? Euno… you know choosing chocolate decoration with us takes 10 minutes max! Euno, what we want is the good taste! W ekherta chocolat, akid tayyib! W helo! Lol. Should we have prepared them before??

Souvenirs, this time took with us one visit. We had other issues to do that day, all the family went to protest for a fair electoral law! This is our priority! 🙂

3 years ago, for JN it was hand made , home decorates jars of honey. For rafael it will be chosen with love and care and… rapideness lol.

Bon, to tell you the truth, after finding out where we “parked” all the baby stuff, and brought them to light again, i panicked tonight as i couldnt recall how to use the car seat, or berceau…   roodz and i were like grrr again!


Bon it will work!

All what we hope for is for a sound baby boy, cool relations with his elder brother and a good environment to live in! This needs time and priorities and efforts! Lol

Again a mother to be soon!


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Terms of reference


job vacancy project manager_NCLW p 1 & 2.jpg

Page 1 & 2 of TOR project manager

National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW)

Supported by the

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project manager

Brief about NCLW

The National Commission for Lebanese Women 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 manager
Project Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon
Duty station NCLW’s offices and on the field whenever needed during work days )even during week ends(
Reports to Project steering committee
Duration of the contract 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. Besides that, 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 the Ministry of Education. Trainings will be conducted at this ministry targeting the gender unit that was created in 2013 with the mission of mainstreaming gender.

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 will be developed by NCLW in 2017) through activities to be implemented in the different regions.

The project manager will work in close collaboration with the project steering committee, The NCLW General Secretary and treasurer for the implementation of the project activities. The project manager will specifically carry out the following tasks:


  • Prepare a detailed work plan with a timeline to be submitted to the steering committee for approval
  • Ensure timely and efficient implementation of the project planned activities
  • Provide guidance and advise in the course of the project implementation to the project steering committee
  • Draft terms of reference (TORs) for the consultants/ experts and project staff
  • Ensure regular and proper follow up with the consultants/ experts, organizations institutions and project’s team when implementing the planned activities

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Assist in identifying bottlenecks in the implementation of the planned activities
  • Advise the project steering committee of any shortfall and propose recommendations when needed
  • Undertake regular field visits to ensure proper and efficient implementation of the project activities
  • Produce progress reports (financial and narrative) as needed quarterly and yearly with clear indicators as per NCLW and GIZ requirements and submit them to the project steering committee
  • Prepare and participate in the meetings of the project steering committee
  • Present an overview of the personnel working on the project and their respective roles  to the project steering committee
  • Provide overall supervision of the work of staff working under this project to ensure the production of the expected outputs
  • Review implementing partners reports and suggest modifications to planned activities accordingly
  • Ensure that funds are disbursed in accordance with the project budget
  • Ensure that all financial operations are transparent and are coherent with the financial requirements of NCLW and GIZ
  • Keep financial reports and supporting documents in both soft and hard copies and make them available to NCLW and GIZ upon request and at the end of the project
  • Ensure monitoring, evaluating and documenting the work progress

Coordination and communication

  • Ensure continuous coordination with the steering committee on project implementation
  • Ensure continuous flow of information to the steering committee
  • Ensure continuous coordination and guidance with the project staff and experts/ consultants
  • Liaise with NCLW and GIZ partners including public institutions and civil society organizations to maximize the efficiency and the visibility of the project
  • Liaise with local and national CSOs and public administrations for the implementation of the project
  • Contribute to the documentation of the projects outputs
  • Ensure the correct use of the NCLW and GIZ communication and publication guidelines for all relevant content and materials.

Other support

  • Review all relevant publications and studies and ensure their edition and dissemination
  • Provide 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 steering committee


  • Master’s degree in social sciences, administrative studies or related fields with considerable knowledge in human rights, gender issues and development (especially local governance issues).
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation
  • At least 3 years’ experience in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Familiarity with governmental and non-governmental entities in Lebanon
  • Excellent time management skills with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, high sensitivity in working with relevant actors at local and national levels, good advisory competence
  • Team player willing to work with a team and develop their leadership skills
  • 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
  • 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 MANAGER: 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.

Here is the PDF of the  job-vacancy-project-manager_nclw_ and Giz .

Good Luck to all

Rita Chemaly

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