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The Political Science Institute of Saint Joseph University which I’m an alumni of, Has prepared a survey about Child marriage in Lebanon.

The field survey answers have been compared to UNHCR sources and the Ministry of Interior sources.

The final research paper show high number of child marriage and the need to work on a sustainable plan of Education for children and their parents.

The aim of the research paper is:

1- Measure the numbers of Child marriages in Lebanon and for the Syrian refugees  communities living in Lebanon.

2- Estimate the progress of child marriage throughout the years.

3- Identify whether the child marriage increased for the Syrian refugee communities after the Syrian Crisis.

4- Identification of the main factors that increase child marriage.

below is a table showing the number of child marriage by Confessions / Sects in Lebanon :

Numbers of Child Marriage by Sects source ISP Research 2015

Numbers of Child Marriage by Sects source ISP Research 2015

Moreover the reasons for child marriage have been consolidated by the Field Survey prepared by ISP and done by its students with Lebanese and Syrian refugees

below is an illustration taken from the report that explains what are the most important factors that facilitate child marriages:

factors inducing child marraige in Lebanon Rita Chemaly

source ISP survey page 31

To read the full research and download the survey results kindly click on this link : Link to survey/research French

it is worth noting that 2 of my students had participated in the Field Survey  Nour Makhlouf and Ines Zaky, their are brilliant!

To see the video created that covers how the survey was prepared and how the questionnaires were filled in ALL Lebanese regions:

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For those who are interested in joining forces and mobilise against child marriage in Lebanon,

here are some readings and sources about the subject :

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)

7- Draft Law aiming at protecting Children from early marriages presented to the Parliament in Lebanon , September 30 2014, Chemaly Rita

8- Penal Code in Lebanon too lose in protecting minors from Marriage and Exploitation , June 18 2014 , Chemaly Rita

9- Join the Movement to end Child Marriage in Lebanon, February 1 2014, Chemaly Rita

Chemaly Rita

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign has announced its new theme for 2015.

16dayscampaign theme lebanon

The Campaign that will be held from November 25 to December 10 will focus on:

“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!”

Below is a clearer view of what is thought of under the theme of 2015:

Under this global theme, the 16 Days Campaign is asking you to join in advancing the right to education and challenging violence, discrimination, and inequity in education at the intersection of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, real or perceived sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and other social identifiers. You can start thinking about what spaces and access to education look like in your community, country, or region. In planning your participation, consider the ways in which militarism affects education, whether in peacetime, during conflict, in refugee and IDP camps, in indigenous territories, in schools and other education settings, or even on the streets. Consider how violence and increased militarism has affected the education of young people in countries that have recently experienced different types of armed conflict; how extremism through State and non-State policies and practices have affected the right to education, especially for girls; and how government expenditures on arms and other priorities of militarization set the tone in funding for safe and accessible education for all .”

In Lebanon Education is a huge domain in which clear action plans need to be implemented, the Problem is access and quality of education for several people living in Lebanon.

I am thinking of all those IDPs camp in which I was greeted by yound children that didn’t go to school, and stayed in the camps all day long.

below is the link the website:

http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2015-campaign/2015-theme

here is what you Can do to join this Global Movement:

RESOURCES FOR 2015

CWGL is in the process of developing resources and campaign materials, which will provide useful background information on the theme and suggestions for planning campaign activities.

CWGL will be posting these resources on the 16 Days Campaign website over the months leading up to the campaign. You can also write to the 16 Days Campaign (16days@cwgl.rutgers.edu) to request hard copies of these materials. Participants can visit our website (http://16days.cwgl.rutgers.edu) to download the Take Action Kit materials or to request a hard copy when available.

Join the 16 Days Campaign!

The 16 Days Campaign is open to participants engaging in action on these issues in ways that are relevant to their specific context. Participants know best on what and with whom they can engage – whether their governments or communities – to challenge and change in positive terms the structures which perpetuate gender-based violence. Create or join a community, campus, national or international activity! Request campaign materials, join the 16 Days listserv, and use past International Calendars of Activities (available online) to spark ideas for your activities or to find information about groups in your area. Use of the hashtag #16Days on social media is encouraged!

Share your plans!

As November approaches, remember to submit your plans to CWGL for posting to the 2015 International Campaign Calendar to become part of the global 16 Days Campaign movement. The International Campaign Calendar can be found at http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/campaign-calendar.

Check out the website!

If you would like more information about the international 16 Days Campaign, please visit the website http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/16days/home.html. Pictures from previous 16 Days Campaigns can be viewed on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/16dayscampaign.

Sign up for the 16 Days e-mail list!

Join the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence e-mail listserv, which gives activists a space to share work against violence, build partnerships with others worldwide, and develop strategies and themes for the annual 16 Days Campaign. Sign up at https://email.rutgers.edu/mailman/listinfo/16days_discussion.

ABOUT THE 16 DAYS CAMPAIGN

Since its founding in 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership has been the global coordinator of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. For the past twenty-five years, the 16 Days Campaign has been dedicated to advocacy and coordination of work in support of ending gender-based violence at the local, national, and international levels. The dates, November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 10th (Human Rights Day), were chosen to emphasize the links between ending gender-based violence and human rights principles and highlight that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation. The 16 Days Campaign is used as an organizing strategy to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence by individuals, groups, and institutions throughout the world.

Attached is the full PDF form :

Theme Announcement 2015 FINAL_English

Rita Chemaly

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Encore une initiative “choc” de l’ONG Sakker El Dekkeneh.

Des PV sur toutes les voitures des grandes rues Beyrouthines, et des grandes villes comme Batroun et Zahleh dans la Bekaa.

Les citoyens ont eu un choc en se reveillant et en voyant des contraventions sur leur voiture ce mercredi matin 1er avril 2015.

En lisant la contravention, ils et elles decouvrent que c’est une campagne de conscientisation menee par les volontaires de l’ONG qui mene son combat contre la corruption dans tous les domaines.

Un nouveau code de la route a ete vote au Liban et sera obligatoire des debut Avril. Le nouveau code a pour but de preserver la vie des citoyens et cityonnes.

alors #Akalta ce matin ? a toi de t’assurer de la limite de vitesse, de passer l’examen pour avoir un permis de conduire et assures toi que tout fonctionne dans ta voiture .L’Etat quant a lui devrait par le biais de ces ministeres s’assurer de l’etat des routes, de l’eclairage ect!!!

voila le Poisson d’avril de la dekkeneh  #Akalta!! 🙂

sakker el dekkeneh des amendes pour informer contre la corruption

Rita

Previous posts about Dekkeneh’s activities:

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Picture taken by Emile Issa Lebanon https://www.ooshot.com/emile-issa/photo/32552

It was hard and a horrible week: we Watched on TV the murder of people in a country that is for us known as “safe”.

More than that it was horrible to know that people were savagely murdered because of their drawings, “cartoons” in the Country of the Freedom, in the Country where expression of thought was born for me. At School 20 years ago I read Le Cid, Voltaire , the story of the “revolutionnaries”, ….. killing people for their thoughts in the Country of Moliere?! for me it was IMPOSSIBLE, Not CONCEIVABLE.

Today, all the family went to the I am Charlie gathering in Beirut, eventhough I have received sooo many messages of all those who wanted to “Enlight” me about the cartoons Charlie did, especially about christians. They asked me how can I accept such an “insult” to our “faith” they were specifically speaking about the christian faith .

Those lebanese friends who flooded my inbox, my news feed, smsed me,  and whats app me I understand them. I do. They have seen the cartoons and they said : oh “blaspheme”in arabic “istaghfara el lah el 3azim” .

First for me the believer blasphemes, not the non believer.

On a second thought , I would have probably reacted the same way if I didn’t receive the french education I had. no idea, probably. probably I knew that Charlie hebdo was born in France, in the country where the values are different than the values we have here in Lebanon.

Even if I usually dislike the satire “cartoons” of Charlie hebdo, what I have done in the past, is not to read it, and not to buy it, or to write a piece about how foolish and not empowering their cartoons are, and definetly not sharing their cartoons :-). simple as that.

Today, if I decided to be Charlie, it is because I am Charlie to the bones. I refuse to use VIOLENCE against anyone. I refuse to kill, and murder because of a drawing or a text or a saying. The “Je suis Charlie” is for me “a world without fear, without violence wihtout extremism, a world where I can express all what I WANT WITHOUT BEING AFRAID OF BEING SHOT DEAD BY OTHERS, or slammed , or lashed  . (in another part of the world: Raif the Saudi Blogger is being lashed because of his sayings!!) 😦

I am afraid for the freedoms in France  after  the savage murder of  January 7, I’m afraid that journalists will use this “wing cutting thing” that is the self-censorship. In Lebanon bounderies are so common, they do come from the big family, from work, from religious socialisation, from a center or association that has been created to check and approve any creation (artistic, movies, …) and so on, BUT Lebanon is a  country where so many charlies were savagely killed!!!! Samir Kassir is one of those Journalists that were killed , he was not afraid, and we shouldn’t be afraid to live in a world where thinking differently and expressing yourself differently will make You an easy goal for violence. Violence must End!!! in Lebanon and In france!!! Today and Tomorrow and again  I’ll be charlie in my bones for every part of the world!! I want to express my self freely and I want my child to be able to express himself freely without fear of what he might draw, write or sing.

Enough  censorship ,ENOUGH BOXES,  Enough barbarism!!! YES FOR FREE EXPRESSION! FREE THINKING!

Rita

The illustration is the banner I held taken in  a picture by Emile Issa during the protest in support of the je suis Charlie movement in Lebanon . To Watch all the album: https://www.ooshot.com/emile-issa/portfolios/charlie-hebdo-manifestation-beyrouth-11-1-15

title corrected as per the advice of Marhaba Nabil 🙂

Article edited on January 14/1/2015

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#TakeBackTheMétro, me rappelle la Campagne de Salwa qui a été initiee au Liban par le Collectif feministe “Nasawiya” il y a quelques annees. La campagne #TakeBackTheMétro en France est lancee par “Osez le féminisme !” pr que les femmes affirment leur droit d’user des espaces publics sans crainte.

#takebackthemetro femez les cuisses  Rita Chemaly

#takebackthemetro Rita Chemaly

voici l’article qui l’annonce:

#TakeBackTheMétro

Osez le féminisme ! lance aujourd’hui sa nouvelle campagne : Take back the métro !, L’objectif ? Dénoncer les violences machistes dont sont victimes les femmes dans les transports en commun et interpeller les transporteurs afin qu’ils réagissent.

Selon une enquête réalisée par Osez le Féminisme dans le métro parisien, 94% des 150 femmes interrogées indiquent avoir déjà subi des comportements sexistes intimidants, du sifflement à l’agression sexuelle. Par peur d’agression, près des trois quart d’entre elles adaptent leur comportement ou leurs tenues vestimentaires lorsqu’elles sont dans le métro. Une étude Reuters parue cette semaine indiquait que 8 Parisiennes sur 10 pensaient que personne ne les aideraient si elles étaient victimes d’un viol dans le métro.

Malgré le débat public sur le harcèlement de rue, ce sujet ne s’est pas encore traduit par des actions de sensibilisation de grande ampleur de la part des pouvoirs publics.

Pourtant, les régies de transports communiquent largement pour prévenir des vols à la tire, la fraude ou la mendicité, mettent en garde les voyageurs contre les pickpockets, les colis suspects ou même sensibilisent sur les incivilités. Ils ne l’ont jamais fait sur les violences sexistes qui touchent pourtant une grande partie de leurs usagèr-e-s.

Cela doit changer! Les femmes sont aussi légitimes que les hommes dans l’espace public et devraient être parfaitement libres de circuler et de se déplacer comme bon leur semble. Nous voulons :

que les femmes puissent se réapproprier les transports et en faire usage sans craintes,
que les transporteurs tels que la RATP en Ile-de-France, mènent des actions de prévention et de lutte contre les violences sexistes.

Pour reprendre le le métro, le bus, le tram, le RER et tous les transports mis à la disposition des citoyennes, Osez le Féminisme! lance une campagne intitulée #TackBackTheMetro. Vous pouvez y participer:

– En vous inscrivant pour les prochaines actions collectives et festives dans le métro: pour « reprendre » les transports,
– En diffusant sur les réseaux sociaux les visuels humoristiques qui visent à détourner les visuels existants dans le métro parisien,
– En signant et en diffusant la pétition à destination des régies de transport afin qu’elles mettent en place un plan de lutte contre ces violences

NB: Le nom de notre campagne, #TakeBackTheMétro fait référence aux marches “Take Back the Night”[Reprenez la nuit]. Initiées aux États-Unis dans les années 70, ces marches nocturnes composées uniquement de femmes visent à affirmer leur droit de faire usage des espaces publics sans crainte de harcèlement sexuel ou d’agression sexuelle.

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A new movie will be screened in Lebanese Cinemas since November 20, Shehrazadeh’s Diaries,

a movie by Zeina Daccache director of Catharsis, the NGO that works in Lebanon to offer therapeutic help through theater and art.

to watch the trailer of the movie do click this link http://youtu.be/5VnZGmd6EMg

Shehrazade women prison Lebanon announcement Rita Chemaly

here is a brief about Catharsis:

Catharsis is the 1st non-profit organization in Lebanon to promote & offer therapeutic actions through the use of theatre & art processes for individuals and groups.  It offers services & programs in various social, educational & therapeutic settings such as substance abuse treatment centers, mental health facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, private practice settings for children & adults, schools and corporations.  Catharsis also works with individuals who want to explore various life problems & expand their quality of life.  Catharsis produced the play & documentary 12 Angry Lebanese with male inmates of Roumieh Prison (2009-2010);  Scheherazade in Baabda the play interpreted by Baabda prison women inmates(2012); the play From the Bottom of my Brain with the residents at Al Fanar psychiatric hospital(2013); the documentary Scheherazade’s Diary with the Baabda inmates (2013).

Great work and I’m eager to watch it on the big Screen!!

Rita Chemaly

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dears, for those interested, a National coordinator post is available. attention for the deadline and requirements.

Good luck!

GBV IMS National Coordinator

GBV IMS National Coordinator

Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon
Contract Type & Level: FTA – NO-B (ONLY for Lebanese Candidates)
Duration: One year (with possibility for extension
Vacancy Announcement Nb.: VA-FPA-LBN-2014-07
Vacancy Date: October 20, 2014
Closing Date: November 2, 2014

1. Organizational Location
The incumbent (i.e. GBV IMS National Coordinator) will be based partly at UNHCR Beirut Office, partly at UNFPA Country Office, according to a time division agreement between the two Agencies. He/she will undertake regular in-country travels to the five regions where the project is implemented: Akkar, Tripoli, Bekaa, South Lebanon and Mount Lebanon.
The incumbent will work under the umbrella of the national SGBV Task Force chaired by UNHCR and co-chaired by UNFPA and UNICEF. She/he will report to the SGBV Task Force Coordinator.
The incumbent will plan deliverables and priorities in collaboration with the chair and the two co-chairs of the SGBV Task Force and will keep them regularly informed of all programmatic and technical aspects of the Job Description. All administrative related matters will be reported to UNFPA, as the recruiting Agency.
The incumbent will work in close cooperation and coordination with the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator at the national level, as well as with the Field SGBV Coordinators in the five regions.
2. Job Purpose
The Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) was created to harmonize data collection on GBV in humanitarian settings, to provide a simple system for actors providing services to GBV survivors to collect, store and analyze their data and to enable the safe and ethical sharing of reported GBV incident data within and between relevant entities. The intention of the GBVIMS is both to assist service providers to better understand the GBV cases being reported as well as to enable actors to share data internally across project sites and externally with agencies for broader trends analysis and improved GBV coordination and response.
In Lebanon, increasing concerns regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria and spill-over of persons of concern into the country prompted the SGBV Task Force to consider means and modalities to improve data collection and analysis. In January 2013, a pilot GBV IMS roll-out was launched in Akkar (North Lebanon). In July 2013, the GBV IMS Global Team supported the progressive extension of the phased roll-out to the other regions in Lebanon. As of today, the 6 GBV specialized service providers (IRC, DRC, INTERSOS, IMC, Caritas, Makhzoumi) are using the system in the 5 above mentioned regions. An Information-Sharing Protocol endorsed by the Task Force in October 2013 allows the national compilation of a limited set of data.
In order to reinforce the dissemination of good practices and increase the quality and the quantity of GBV data available, the Government of Canada is funding a two-year project “Developing Field Level GBV Capacity for Improved Service Delivery, Information Management and Inter-Agency Coordination” in 6 countries, including Lebanon. As part of this project, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the roll-out and driving the successful implementation of the GBV IMS in Lebanon, under the supervision of the SGBV Task Force Coordinator and the guidance of UNHCR, UNFPA and UNICEF.
3. Major Activities/Expected Results
With the support of the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator, the incumbent will facilitate the implementation of the GBVIMS in Lebanon, providing technical support to the organizations and agencies using the GBVIMS for data collection through their service provision to GBV survivors in order to improve and expand the use of the GBVIMS. In addition, the incumbent will support national efforts to roll-out the GBVIMS among potential additional GBVIMS users in coordination with the GBVIMS Steering Committee.
The incumbent should work closely and in collaboration with GBVIMS organizations, the National GBV IMS Steering Committee, the SGBV Task Force, the Global Team and all relevant stakeholders and/or coordination bodies.
1. Coordination:
  • Participate in GBVIMS coordination meetings at the field and national levels. Provide all support needed to the field GBV IMS coordinators, including in the identification of new GBV IMS users;
  • Maintain and update the work plan/strategy for the GBVIMS rollout ensuring a clear implementation process per region;
  • Ensure ongoing communication between the field GBVIMS Steering Committees and the national GBV IMS Steering Committees, and between the National GBV IMS Steering Committee and the SGBV Task Force;
  • Assist with any other issues related to the coordination of the GBVIMS.
2. Capacity Building/Coaching: 
  • In coordination with the SGBV Task Force Coordinator, the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator, the National Steering Committee and the Global Team, encourage organizations and agencies to use the GBVIMS through technical support, trouble shooting, training, and quality assurance;
  • Identify capacity building needs and liaise with the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator for follow up;
  • Document concerns, good practices and lessons learned from the rollout process.
3. Information & Analysis: 
  • Participate in and facilitate the process of revising the Information Sharing Protocol (ISP);
  • Support the consolidation of monthly reports from GBVIMS users;
  • Utilize GBVIMS data to support reporting, produce information bulletins for programming and advocacy purposes and every other relevant use.
4. Facilitation and Representation:
  • Help organize support missions to Lebanon and facilitate the delivery of technical outputs;
  • Represent the GBV IMS Steering Committee as requested;
  • All other tasks required from the supervisor.
4. Job Requirements
Core Competencies
  • Integrity/Commitment to mandate: Acts in accordance with UN values and holds himself/herself accountable for actions taken.
  • Knowledge sharing/continuous learning: Takes responsibility for personal learning and career development and actively seeks opportunities to learn through formal and informal means.  Learns from others inside and outside the organization adopting best practices created by others.  Actively produces and disseminates new knowledge.
  • Valuing diversity: Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciates differences in values and learns from cultural diversity. Takes actions appropriate to the religious and cultural context and shows respect, tact and consideration for cultural differences. Observes and inquires to understand the perspectives of others and continually examines his/her own biases and behaviors
  • Working in teams:  Works collaboratively to allow the achievement of common goals and shared objectives. Actively seeks resolution of disagreements and supports decisions of the team.
  • Analytical and strategic thinking:  Uses appropriate analytical tools and logic to gather, define and analyze information, situations and problems and draws logical conclusions from data. Demonstrates an ability to set clear and appropriate priorities focusing on tasks and activities which have a strategic impact on results. Anticipates and meets information needs of the team and other stakeholders.
  • Conflict and self management: Manages personal reactions by remaining calm, composed and patient even when under stress or during a crisis and avoids engaging in unproductive conflict. Expresses disagreement in constructive ways that focus on the issue not the person. Tolerates conditions of uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to work productively.
  • Results orientation/Commitment to excellence: Strives to achieve high personal standard of excellence. Takes action that goes beyond responding to the obvious needs of the situation and persists until successful outcomes are achieved.
Additional Competencies:
  • Offer great organizational skills and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and productively, with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment;
  • Adopt flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently, and to handle requests or issues as they arise;
  • Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues related to confidentiality, data safety and other ethical concerns related to the sharing on sensitive data between humanitarian agencies.
Requirements/Qualifications 
  • Lebanese nationality;
  • MA (preferred) in public health, social work, women/gender studies, humanitarian or development work, or other related degree, or equivalent programming experience;
  • At least 3 years of Programme management or other relevant experience, preferably including at least 1 year implementing a GBV program in a humanitarian context;
  • Experience developing and facilitating workshops;
  • Experience in information management, database development, usage and management;
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyse data/statistics for humanitarian operations;
  • Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Access and database software, including in depth knowledge of pivot table/chart analysis;
  • Fluency in English and, Arabic strongly preferred.

5. Notice:
  • There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process
  • UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status
HOW TO APPLY?
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply on line by submitting the following:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Updated CV
  • P11 form [click to download] detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the Job Description

The above documents should be submitted to the following email address: info-lebanon@unfpa.org no later than 2nd November 2014.  

UNFPA will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required CV and P11 and in which there is further interest.\

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