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Communications and media consultant
Deadline for applications: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Contract:

Location: Beirut
Working area:
JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Announcement

Position:         Communications and media consultant (part-time)

Start Date:      July 1st, 2015

Duration:        8 months

A communications and media consultant with creative edge and a core interest in working on gender and sexuality (focus on sexual and reproductive health), is sought for a part time position.

What is the A project?

The A project is a Beirut-based organization seeking agency, alternatives and autonomy in sexuality, sexual health, and gender. The project looks to address people living in Lebanon, young and not so young, through various programs. The project aims to work on sexuality, while looking at but not limiting the discussion to disease-prevention and violence, but also through a political, critical, yet affirmative and sex-positive framework.

Main Duties

 

This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic and dynamic individual. Applicants will need great interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with individuals of diverse backgrounds and community organizations.

Applicants need not be experts in sexuality, gender, and/or health but preference goes to those who have experience in these domains. The position requires a range of skills and responsibilities, including but not limited to:

Main Duties

  • Develop communication strategies for offline and online channels (website articles, feature stories, blogs, infographics, interviews, annual report, brochures; videos/ animations are a plus).
  • Produce and design, or give suggestions on the design of attractive brochures, pamphlets, and other publicity tools that are in line with theAproject’s politics.
  • Produce relevant, creative, and engaging communication material for various online channels in English and Arabic.
  • Launch and manage social media platforms (Twitter/Facebook):
  1. Develop a communication strategy for each platform;
  2. Prepare the contents (video and image production);
  3. Community management and monitoring.
  • Assist with other communication tasks, as needed.

Criteria

  • A degree in communications, marketing, media and public relations, journalism, or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice issues
  • Knowledge in providing communication support for non-governmental organizations
  • Ability to use social media tools and blogging for advocacy.
  • Excellent writing, editing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills (in English and Arabic).
  • Knowledge and prior use of Microsoft Office, photoshop, and illustrator.
  • Basic research and analytic skills
  • Result driven, able to meet targets and deadlines
  • Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Self-starter and organized
  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities
  • An interest in working within the field of sexuality and gender
  • Professional blogging experience a plus
  • Experience in communication consulting a plus

Circumstances

  • Part time: 10 days per month for a period of 8 months
  • Priority will be given to women and gender non-conforming persons

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Please state if you have worked on or have any specific discomforts in working on any of the following topics: premarital sex, sexual violence, STIs and HIV, people living with HIV, unwanted pregnancies, abortion, sexual orientation, transgenderism, sex work, sexual pleasure, or contraception.

This position doesn’t require knowledge on the above topics.

If qualified and interested please send a cover letter, CV, and the name and contact information of one reference tomashroualef@gmail.com with the subject heading: Media Consultant

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Oui, le Liban est une grande boutique ou tous vos droits peuvent être achetés et vendus.

La corruption régnE, et le maitre mot “ikramiyeh” “rachweh” = les tips!

La flash mob organisée la semaine dernière par Sakker el Dekkeneh a vendu dans les routes de Beyrouth tous genres de papiers administratifs importants “permis de conduire”, baccalauréat, brevet, permis de port d’armes, même des parties des trottoirs publics et des plages publiques ont été mis en vente!!

oui j’ai participe a la Flash Mob, oui j’ai été heureuse des réactions de plusieurs personnes qui m’ont dit: non nous on n’aime pas la corruption.

En espérant avoir plus de pareils citoyens,

c’est leur et Notre rôle de fermer la Boutique et les boutiques Libanaises.

Rita Chemaly

voila le lien de la flash mob: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk6wYu_767c

rita chemaly activism against corruption

“Dekkeneh” en arabe signifie boutique qui vend de tous: épicerie, produits pharmaceutiques, cigarettes, ….

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ghadi le film opinion de rita chemaly flanelle ghadi le film opinion de rita chemaly ghadi movie opinion by rita chemaly

 

I went with the Faith and Light Community to watch the movie Ghadi. The movie is a social comedy, which won many awards.

the pictures are nice, the colors, the comedy part describing the Lebanese customs and behavior in a village all those things are funny.

But What I disliked, Big time Disliked is how the movie is not related at All to Ghadi!!

Who is Ghadi? In the movie Ghadi is a child that has a mental handicap. The movie is entitled Ghadi, but for me, the child Doesn’t appear in the movie at all!!! Even on the billboards , the ads of the movie are not related to Ghadi, but picture the dad and the mum on a bicycle! why?

We didn’t meet Ghadi in this Movie!!!

we met he father Leba (Alias Georges Khabbaz) and his ideas and plot to make a story related to an “angel”.

Ghadi the handicapped boy, is pictured in this movie as an “angel” but even this we didn’t see!

he never mingled with the people of the “mshakkal” village he is supposed to live with!

the movie show us a small boy always sitting ALONE!! always sitting in his boxers and “flanella” ,

always alone! and just socializing with his father, mother and sisters!!

a Handicapped person can socialize, can communicate, sorry let me correct it, the only interaction I have noticed in this movie that is supposed to turn around a handicapped boy, was when he smiled and tried to make his neighbor Takla smile while mimicking his daddy.

a special case, can socialize, and can communicate, shouldn’t always be featured sitting on a balcony alone, just looking at people from behind bars,

again, I loved the visuals and the actors who played and showed us the Lebanese ways of living in a village,(sex worker, butcher, hairdresser….)  but and again, I disliked the message behind the story of the angel , and I was furious when I didn’t see ghady (the small boy that is a special case) having Any kind of communication, or any role, or any socialization in this movie!!

in Faith and Light we don’t see the special cases as special anymore, even the worse handicap is seen as “normal” and we try to make everybody participate in our activities. the aim of FL, for example is to help people to go out from the home circle, to let people KNOW, Mingle, and discuss with special cases!! discussion and communication, even listening are a way to know special cases better!!

I didn’t like how ghadi never get down from his home, stayed sitting on the window, always played alone,  never mingled with other fellows from the village, ghadi was pictured and stereotyped even more as a special case, as a different case,  and as an abnormal case!

bref, this Is my humble opinion!

rita chemaly

here is the trailer of the movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGkDvVlFXbk

“Published on Sep 25, 2013

The trailer of Ghadi, a film by Amin Dora, a social comedy written by and starring Georges Khabbaz giving you a closer insight about a special kid and the struggles of his humble family. Expect strange phenomena to affect the behavior and beliefs of their little Lebanese town’s population.”

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I am angry and truly disappointed by the movie created by Beirut Marathon Association for the #women race on 26 of may, those who talked at the beginning are sexist!!! and what they said is DISCRIMINATING against women!!!!! I refuse totally to be a part of such an initiative!

People should understand that verbal abuse is Refused, that stereotyping women as incompetent is refused!! Stereotyping women as unable to drive is not Funny, this is discriminating!!!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Myzuvg0hGg

we want people to RESPECT women and the causes the women movement in Lebanon is supporting! such as the nationality cause, the criminalization of violence , the criminalization of sexual , and verbal harassment, the respect for our bodies, and our brains , the causes the women movement in Lebanon is supporting are so important, and not funny, e political participation of women is a must, respect of women bodies is a double must, respect of women intelligence and participation even in a race is a triple must! what I keep in mind after watching less than 1 minute of this movie is sexism, stereotyping, and discrimination against Lebanese women!!!

Rita Chemaly

I am truly sad that they mixed important issues with such “maskhara” as we say in Lebanon.Image

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In Egypt, Female protestors are being Humiliated, assaulted, terrified, by what is called ” sexual terrorism “. Women of Egypt and Women all over the world decided to take a stand against those humiliating acts, and violent physically, morally and psychological terrible actions perpetrated during the protests.

for you dears the letter sent to all passionate and great activists around the world.

below is also the list of all the facebook events created by countries…. Rita Chemaly Lebanon

Dear friends and passionate people
Tomorrow, there is a call for a Global protest to denounce all forms of sexual  violence on Egyptian women, we all know the escalation of harassment and assaults is getting out on control and this is one way to show  rejection to it. Its the 1st worldwide protest in over 20 cities and  capitals to support Egyptian women, something to make us proud and to  show huge solidarity.
I would love and appreciate your support here as well, attend the national stand in Cairo tomorrow https://www.facebook.com/events/484039768310109
If you are out of Cairo, check the list of participating cities and join, spread and share with your connections
Tweet with the hashtags of the stand #GlobalProtestFe12 or #SexualTerrorism #Egypt
If you are a blogger, plz write your thoughts and share them either on my email or arabwomenuprise@gmail.com
If you are a photographer or a designer, give us new ideas for banners, share posters and flyers that can be used worldwide
If you are a journalist, share 🙂
All efforts mean a lot to all of us
love,

وقفة عالمية ضدّ الإرهاب الجنسي الذي يُمارس على المتظاهرات المصريّات/
Global Protest Against Sexual Terrorism Practiced on Egyptian Female Protestors
 
نحن، مواطنات ومواطنون من جنسيّات العالم كلّه، نرفض أن نشاهد في صمت تفشّي ظاهرة الإرهاب الجنسي المُمارس على المتظاهرات المصريّات. نريد أن نظهر دعمنا وتضامننا وتقديرنا للمعتدَى عليهنّ اللواتي يدفعن من لحمهنّ الحيّ ثمن مشاركتهنّ في الثورة المصريّة المستمرّة. كما ونريد أن نحيّي جهود المتطوعين/ات الذين/اللواتي يخاطرون/ن بحياتهم/هن لتأمين ميدان التحرير.
لذلك قرّرنا أن نتجمّع يوم الثلاثاء القادم، الموافق 12 فبراير/شباط 2013 في تمام الساعة السادسة مساءً بالتوقيت المحلّي لأماكن إقامتنا، أمام السفارة/القنصلية المصريّة في دولنا.
 
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لنرفع أصواتَنا عاليًا:
 
  • ونحمّل الحزب الحاكم في مصر مسؤولية عدم اتخاذ تدابير صارمة تمنع عصابات البلطجيّة من مهاجمة وتعرية واغتصاب وإيذاء وقتل المتظاهرات والمتظاهرين السلميّين
  • ونحمّل الشرطة المصريّة مسؤولية عدم توفير الحماية الضرورية للمواطنات المصريّات من التحرّش الجنسي، وتورّط أفرادها في جرائم التحرش/الاعتداء الجنسي
  • ونوجّه اللوم إلى الحكومات المصريّة المتعاقبة لتغاضيها عن جرائم التحرّش/الاعتداء الجنسي عبر عدم إقرارها لقوانين صارمة تعاقب بشدّة المتحرّشين والمتورطين في أي شكل من أشكال العنف الجنسي.
    نطالب بإقرار وتطبيق قانون صارم ضد التحرّش/الاعتداء الجنسي بجميع أشكاله
  • ونُدين تقبّل المجتمع المصري لظاهرة التحرّش الجنسي، والعنف والاغتصاب، وإلقائه اللّوم على المعتدَى عليها عِِوضًا عن المعتدي
  • ونستنكر غياب الأخلاقية والمهنيّة عن عمل الإعلام لتركيزه على التفاصيل الحياتيّة والشخصية للمعتدَى عليها عِوضًا عن التركيز على الفعل الجُرمي
  • ونناشد كل المجموعات الثوريّة، والأحزاب السياسيّة، ومنظمات المجتمع المدني والأفراد لفضح هذه الممارسات والتحرّك الفوري في مواجهة الاعتداءات الجنسيّة المنظمة والتي تهدف إلى تشويه صورة ميدان التحرير وإرهاب المتظاهرات والمتظاهرين، بالإضافة إلى الوقوف بوجه ظاهرة التحرّش الجنسي التي تستهدف فتيات وسيدات مصر بشكل يومي في شوارع بلدهن.
 
مقاومة الإذلال والعنف الجنسي هي أولى الأولويات في سعينا نحو الحرية والكرامة
نحيّي كل بطلة وبطل في هذه الثورة المصريّة المستمرّة
أنتم تعلموننا الشجاعة الثبات والتصميم
ملاحظة هامة: ارتفعت قائمة الدول المتضامنة حول العالم، تجدون في الأسفل قائمة بجميع الوقفات التي يتم تنظيمها في المدن المختلفة وصولًا ليوم الثلاثاء 12 فبراير 2013
برجاء تحميل النسخة الأكبر من بوستر الوقفة من على الرابط التالي: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3f63uxYCG57MG9jSXYyZllxeHM/edit
We, citizens of all nationalities all around the world, will not watch in silence the spreading epidemic of sexual terrorism. We want to show our support, solidarity and admiration for the assaulted who paid the price of the ongoing Egyptian revolution with their own flesh, and to the heroic volunteers who are risking their lives for a safe Tahrir.
Therefore on Tuesday February 12, 2013, at 6:00 pm local time, we will gather in front of the Egyptian embassy in our city/country, and people all over the world will do this.
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LET US RAISE OUR VOICES BECAUSE:
– We hold responsible the Ruling Party for not taking strict measures to prevent organized thugs attacking, stripping, raping, injuring and killing peaceful protesters;
– We hold responsible the Egyptian police and governmental institutions for not offering the necessary protection and safety to female Egyptian citizens. Not only that, but the police itself practices the crime of sexual harassment/assault;
– We blame the past and present Egyptian governments for condoning the crime of sexual harassment/assault by not issuing any strict law that clearly provides legal consequences to sexual harassers or those that indulge in sexual violence. We demand the enforcement of a strict law against sexual harassment in all its forms.
– We condemn the social acceptability of sexual harassment, violence and rape by the Egyptian society, which puts the blame on the assaulted instead of the aggressor;
– We hold accountable irresponsible media for focusing on personal, intimate and sensationalist details of the assaulted, instead of denouncing the criminal act;
– We urge every revolutionary group, political party or individual to speak up and take IMMEDIATE action against both the sexual attacks committed by organized mobs aiming to tarnish the image of Tahrir and terrorize the protestors, and the sexual harassment targeting Egyptian women and girls on a daily basis in the streets of their own country. Fighting sexual humiliation and aggression should be a TOP PRIORITY in the noble strive for freedom and dignity;
– We salute every hero and heroine of the ongoing Egyptian revolution! You teach us courage, perseverance and determination.
Download here the high res poster for the Feb12 call https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3f63uxYCG57MG9jSXYyZllxeHM/edit
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Sexual terrorism is a technique recently used extensively by organized mobs in Egypt aiming to injure, undermine, humiliate and scare female protesters in Tahrir Square, during the ongoing Egyptian revolution.
Let’s describe one of the scenarios, a true story from one of the assaulted women: she finds herself suddenly separated from her friends and encircled by 100, 200, 300 men. They tear off her clothes with knives that injure her body, they twist her neck and pull her hair to forcibly kiss her, hundreds of hands are touching her body as she is being collectively manually raped with fingers thrusted into her genitals. The attack can last for 1 or 2 hours, during which the woman is dragged by the horde from one place to another, across the floor through mud and sewage. The persons who try to help her get equally attacked: males get choked with clothing or threatened with knives, females get encircled to undergo the same horror.
Not only that, but when the victim finally manages to escape, most places refuse to offer her shelter.. because up till now, in the eyes of society, SHE is the one held responsible of the suffered crime, not the agressor. In the eyes of society, SHE is considered to be the symbol of shame, not those who try to silence her. Sexual harassment/assault/violence has become more and more socially acceptable in Egyptian society over the past 10-15 years that today we have come to witness the most horrific aspect of it, practiced as a political tool of oppression. In fact, this is not the first time sexual harassment was used as a tool to silence female protestors: as early ‘Black Wednesday’ in May 2005, authorities during a protest used sexual harassment to disperse female protesters opposing constitutional changes that would grant former president Mubarak greater presidential powers. While security personnel and police largely endorsed the harassment, and stood passively by, the attacks on protesters were recorded, condemned, and widely circulated in media.
In the face of the latest atrocities in Tahrir Square, a group of initiatives were created such as Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment / Assault – a collaborative effort between several initiatives working on sexual harassment in Egypt as well as independent volunteers – and Tahrir Body-Guard, where young Egyptians have organized and trained themselves to combat the sexual assaults on the ground. They also provide follows-up to women and girls who have suffered the attacks. These groups have succeeded in saving several of the assaulted women, despite the fact that they get attacked themselves during the operations. The number of their volunteers is growing and their efforts are tireless.
On January 25th, 2013, on the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, the number of cases reported to Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment / Assault (OpAntiSH) were 19 cases in 1 day, not including the unreported ones.
But again to reaffirm, although Tahrir Square is seeing an extreme unimaginable form of sexual violence against women, sexual harassment has become an epidemic in Egypt that affects the lives of Egyptian women on a daily basis. 83% of Egyptian women surveyed by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights in 2008 admitted to being sexually harassed, 50% of those on a daily basis. Disturbingly, HarassMap has received a number of reports from young victims – both on its reporting system and anecdotally from volunteers. School girls and boys too often encounter harassing teachers, classmates, doctors, taxi drivers and even family members who make sexual advances, grope, masturbate in front of them, and even sexually assault them. More critically, the average bystander witnessing sexual harassment does not necessarily interfere to stop harassment, the way they would in the case of an act of theft, or a street fight. In fact, they may even blame the harassed/assaulted for being the reason for sexual harassment, and even sympathize with the harasser. However no real efforts were made by previous or present governments to enforce real legal consequences on harassers that would put an end to this epidemic, hence HarassMap’s mission of ending the social acceptability of sexual harassment as an approach to address it.
As OpAntiSH stated in a recent video: “We will not stay silent. We will not be broken. We will not be ashamed.”
Till now around these are the events that are being organized in different cities and locations around the world (keep coming back to check the updates)
 
Palestine, Yaffa
Tunis, Tunisia
Lebanon, Beirut https://www.facebook.com/events/447501321989795
Jordan, Amman https://www.facebook.com/events/341078806000925
Denmark, Copenhagen https://www.facebook.com/events/477337958980238
Belgium, Brussels https://www.facebook.com/events/327518497349166
Italy, Milano https://www.facebook.com/events/287379384723406
USA, New York https://www.facebook.com/events/487985291258453
USA, Washington DC https://www.facebook.com/events/133680200132921
USA, Ottawa https://www.facebook.com/events/530256920328428
Netherlands, The Hague https://www.facebook.com/events/334796859970837
France, Paris https://www.facebook.com/events/554777647873506
United Kingdom, London https://www.facebook.com/events/290741387718715
Australia, Melbourne https://www.facebook.com/events/496947997012935
Norway, Oslo https://www.facebook.com/events/329391147180633 “

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On Friday, a General Assembly for Lebanese Women Married to non-nationals ( french, american, syrian, canadian, egyptian, palestinian, Spanish, Italian, Chinese….) gathered at the YWCA in Ain El Mreisseh.

The aim of the gathering was to recall the activities, protests, and actions of the Nationality Campaign in Lebanon, and to discuss future actions for 2013.

During the meeting Lebanese women who participated to trainings about leadership and communication, organised by WLP and CRTDA were given “diplomas” by the organisations.

They participated to the training to be able to form a lobby to push forward their right to transmit their citizenship to their children and husbands.

during the ceremony many media representatives were present : LBCI, New TV, Future TV, as well as the presence of a lot of newspapers journalist ( el Diyar, el Moustakbal, ….)

The Women were given also goodies bags… the bag contained : deliciously chocolate wrapped, with a sticker for the car, and the New Nationality Calendar for 2013.

I participate to each year General Assembly, and I feel bad when I see all those women suffering from not being able to share their passport with their children. I am suffering when I see that those women cannot see their children hospitalized or go to school in Lebanese public schools, or in Lebanese free schools. A women told me that this is a Shia ( a muslim sect in Lebanon  her children were accepted in a free school by the nuns, but they were not able to stay there because….they are not considered nationals!! Lebanese!! 😦

 I hope that lebanon will ratify the CEDAW completely without reservations!

I hope that my cousins will be able to come to lebanon without a visa because their father is a french diplomat, I hope that my cousin will be able to stay here and work as a lawyer even if he is lebanese and canadian…..

those are my Wishes for 2013…. Long LIVE THE TABBOULEH AND THE LEBANESE MUMs anD gRAND mOTHERS! 

Rita Chemaly

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In Lebanon, a white March has been organised by independent activists .

The aim of it, to bring back the political sphere on the daily matters of Lebanese: electricity, inflation, prices…. and was mainly organised to commemorate the men, women and children who have been killed by the violent “events” that happened  in the country.

 

I am sick of walking and chanting and asking for a third voice to be more clear and to voice out in pratical initiatives.

Polarisation in the local sphere of people is at its extreme.

Elections are coming soon in Lebanon, and we can’t see any new leader emerging: where are the women? the educated men? and the expatriates?

in each list it is a must to represent every body!

the parliament will need to vote and amend laws!

bon… I will go back to reading the papers and pray for a miracle …

Rita

the link of Now lebanon http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArchiveDetails.aspx?ID=450898

the link for the daily star: With no flags, White March makes peaceful statement

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Oct-26/192785-with-no-flags-white-march-makes-peaceful-statement.ashx#ixzz2BHuMlJ4I 

 

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