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MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT

PURPOSE OF THE JOB
The current UNFPA supported Country Programme in Lebanon encompasses the programme interventions addressing both the humanitarian and development axis in an integrated manner. It reflects the programmatic shifts required to adequately and efficiently respond to the immediate priorities associated with the Syrian crisis as well as medium to long term investments. This approach adopted by UNFPA allows to address the needs of the most vulnerable groups inclusive of all affected communities on the one hand as well as contribute to structural and system reforms within programme areas under UNFPA’s mandate on the other. Advocacy and communication of sexual and reproductive health and rights in general – and women and youth in particular – is an integral part of the UNFPA global and country related strategy.
A media and communication consultant will support the implementation and monitoring of the UNFPA country specific communication strategy and related activities.
He/she will also be accountable co-ordinating and networking tasks associated to the communication strategy and associated products and activities to support the advocacy efforts of UNFPA Lebanon country office in line with the country programme priorities.  If need be, the consultant will revise elements of the communication strategy to ensure it is commensurate with new developments/priorities.  The position aims at promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for the end beneficiaries supported by UNFPA.
KEY END-RESULTS
1.   Communication strategy: The Country Office has a communication strategy and associated work plan/activities – with measurable indicators – implemented for various purposes i.e. monitoring programme interventions, promoting visibility, mobilizing resources, etc.
2.   Media relations: The Country Office has a well maintained and continuously updated contact list of journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web, photo etc. – and a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media to communicate the story of UNFPA’s cooperation.
3.   Networking and partnerships: The Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed database of existing/potential individuals, groups and organizations whose support is essential to assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives. Effective working relationships with the UN Country Team and UN communication group and related counterparts are developed, maintained and enhanced.
4.   Global priorities and campaigns: The country office has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UNFPA’s global and regional communications priorities, campaigns and partnerships, disseminating these elements in a locally-appropriate way.
5.   Resource mobilization support: Global and country level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy and activities. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES, DUTIES & TASKS Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent will be assigned to the following major duties/tasks towards the above mentioned end results.
Communication strategy
Ensure a clear communication strategy and associated work plan/activities/measurable indicators of performance to support the country programme strategic objectives/results at the level of beneficiaries and stakeholders, as well as strengthen political will in support of UNFPA’s mission and mandate as well as the ICPD agenda, and enhance the organization’s credibility, image and brand. Duties & Tasks

  • Reinforce support for UNFPA’s work on behalf of the direct beneficiaries – namely women and youth among Syrian refugees and hosting communities – by providing information to key national, regional and international audiences
  • Position UNFPA as a main and lead actor on reproductive health and women empowerment/ gender based violence
  • Maintain close follow up for revising, updating and maintaining UNFPA Lebanon website including production/uploading of various materials i.e. video feature stories and photos for wide distribution nationally, regionally and internationally
  • Activate the social media tools i.e. youtube, twitter, facebook, etc with continuous feeding of relevant information/news and promote use among a wide range of audiences
  • Follow up on production of various newsletters namely Tanseeq (to end Violence against Women)
  • Follow up and monitor the elaboration of communication messages by the supported projects, and contribute to the development of communication messages and materials by the Country Office
  • Produce weekly digest by scanning local news and resources on population matters – including ones involving UNFPA and UN system as such – through compiling summary of key issues and forwarding them to supported projects, regional office, country offices, and IERD on one hand, and analyzing them on the other
  • Collect, compile and consolidate knowledge base material (i.e. relevant information, news, material, data, statistics, resources, stories, good practices, etc) to be used for various purposes i.e. newsletters, website, leaflets, reports, websites, speeches, social media, donors, etc
  • Identify and engage reporters, photographers, and consultants for provision of needed services related to media and communication; and prepare/contribute to relevant Terms of Reference
  • Follow up with software developers in relation to various communication tools and platforms (i.e. website, online surveys, softwares, applications, etc)
  • Follow up with translators/graphic designers for translating as well as designing and printing of various tools and resources including proof reading and editing
  • Contribute to translation of material and documents mainly speeches, press releases, informative leaflets, etc

Media relations   Ensure that the Country Office has a well maintained and continuously updated contact list of journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – and a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media to communicate the story of UNFPA
Duties & Tasks

  • Maintain an updated/expanded mailing list/network of local and regional media sources, ensure mobilization/engagement of media and celebrities for supporting various initiatives
  • Direct media relations – pitching, sending media materials, organizing and facilitating media field visits, facts/figures, human interest story opportunities, b-roll, and photos as needed
  • Maintain high media visibility for UNFPA’s work in addressing population issues in general and reaching the affected populations in particular.
  • Prepare for and organize dissemination events/meetings including press conferences
  • Identify, develop and distribute variety of materials in multiple, appropriate formats for media personnel
  • Ensure or enhance the quality, appropriateness of country specific communication materials, activities and messages transmitted to the press, partners and public
  • Brief UNFPA Head of Office/ programme staff on major issues/priorities to address during media interviews.
  • Collaborate with mass media through activities such as organizing project site visits, facilitating photo coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate.

Networking and partnerships
The Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed database of existing/potential individuals, groups and organizations whose support is essential to assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives. Effective working relationships with the UN Country Team and UN communication group and related counterparts are developed, maintained and enhanced.
Duties & Tasks

  • Maintain close collaboration with the communication officers at the UNFPA Arab States Regional Office as well as the UNFPA Regional Syria hub with the aim of coordinating related communication material to be disseminated /used at country level.
  • Maintain collaboration with the communication officer at UNFPA HQs with the aim to ensure first hand access to various communication material as well as revision of branding tools.
  • Conduct and analyze opinion surveys and polls among media network and partners to better understand their views, perceptions and understanding about UNFPA’s mandate/issues as well as communication approaches and tools
  • Contribute to the creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the Country Office and drafting relevant materials for dissemination
  • Work closely with programme staff and implementing partners to identify projects and programmes deserving visibility

Resource mobilization support
Ensure that global and regional and sub-regional level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy and material
Duties & Tasks

  • Establish and maintain a network of donor with related public information contacts and provide assistance in organizing and conducting donor meetings and public information events
  • Document/identify/highlight effective programme activities and results in support of fund-raising
  • Compile and synthesize relevant background material for use in discussions and public events in support of the advocacy and resource mobilization strategy of the Country Office
  • Ensure key donors/government counterparts are regularly aware of UNFPA interventions.

QUALIFICATION and COMPETENCIES 1.    Education Advanced university degree in Communication, Social Sciences. (Or an undergraduate degree plus at least 8 years of demonstrated professional experience in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.)
2.    Work Experience Eight years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media in UNFPA or a UN agency. International and national work experience in a development agency. Field work experience and exposure to emergency/humanitarian programmes is an asset
3.    Language Proficiency Fluency in English and Arabic (spoken and written). A conversational or knowledge of French is an important asset.
4.    Specific technical knowledge

  • Communication management. Knowledge of theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy.
  • Fundamentals for working in various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Computer systems/applications and network, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.
  • Knowledge of United Nations or other international organizations;
  • Global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness
  1. Required Competencies Core Competencies:
    •    Integrity/Commitment to mandate:  Acts in accordance with UN/UNFPA values and holds himself/herself accountable for actions taken.  Demonstrates personal commitment to UNFPA’s mandate and to the organizational vision.
  • 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 with colleagues inside and outside of UNFPA 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.
    •    Communicating information and ideas: Delivers oral and written information in a timely, effective and easily understood manner. Participates in meetings and group discussions actively listening and sharing information. Frankly expresses ideas with the intent to resolve issues, considers what others have to say and responds appropriately to criticism
    •    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.
    Functional Competencies: Primary competencies
  • Results-based programme development and management:  Contributes to the achievement of results through primary research and analysis and effective monitoring of programme/project implementation.  Uses analytical skills to identify opportunities for project development and participates in the formulation of proposals ensuring substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches.
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches: Enhances existing processes and products. Documents and analyzes innovative strategies, best practices and new approaches. Adapts quickly to change.
    Additional Competencies •    Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances and partners:  Establishes, maintains and utilizes a broad network of contacts to keep abreast of developments and to share information.  Analyzes and selected materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.
    •    Advocacy/Advancing a policy oriented agenda:  Prepares and communicates relevant information for evidence-based advocacy.  Maintains a functioning network of contacts in the media and civil society to support advocacy efforts and takes opportunities for advocating for UNFPA’s mandate.                 Interested candidates may apply online by providing: (1)    a P-11 Form (click to download), and (2)    a most updated CV, and (3)    a cover letter mentioning the relevance of past/current experience with the requirements of the consultancy.
    The above documents must be sent to the following email address: info-lebanon@unfpa.org by no later than September 8, 2015
    Candidates who fail to submit the required documents above will not be considered for review
  • http://www.unfpa.org.lb/UNFPA-LEBANON/Vacancies-and-Notices.aspx

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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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I was super glad to participate to the 4M Beirut Forum. Meeting and exchanging with people coming from different countries, with different experiences related to activism and sharing of information.

below is a copy of 3 days announcement. more info are available: http://www.4m.cfi.fr/index.php/en/the-forums/4m-beirut-forum/presentation-4m-beirut-forum-2014

ONLINE MEDIA AND JOURNALISM IN THE ARAB WORLD: RISKS, PRACTICES AND ECONOMIES

توفير المعلومات عبر الإنترنت في العالم العربي: المخاطر، الممارسات والاقتصاد

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How are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world?

What impact are they having on the public debate?

At a time when life in the Arab world is becoming more turbulent than ever, the 4M forum in Beirut from 17 to 19 October will analyse the role and place of online media in this complex and highly charged context: how are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world? What impact are they having on the public debate?

At the forum, more than 200 stakeholders from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia will therefore have the opportunity to discuss the practices, new tools, ideas and innovations that they are implementing as part of their everyday activities and to describe the changes that are occurring in the region, in particular the increasing power of citizen journalists.

Participants’ discussions will focus on 3 main themes:

– New media or the redefinition of the media scene in society in the Arab world

– Innovation in terms of production of web based content and the new tools available to journalists

– Media enterprise and economy in the Arab world.

4M Beirut picks up the baton from CFI’s various ongoing projects supporting online media in the Arab world, such as EBTICAR and 4M Mashreq.


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فكيف تُحدث وسائل الإعلام تغييراً جذرياً
في طريقة إنتاج المعلومات في العالم العربي ونشرها؟

ما هو تأثيرها على النقاش العام؟

في خضمّ الغليان الذي يعيشه العالم العربي اليوم، يطرح منتدى “ 4M بيروت” (4M Beyrouth)، من 17 إلى 19 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر، التحديات الكبرى المرتبطة بدور وسائل الإعلام الإلكترونية ومكانتها في هذه البيئة المعقّدة والمتغيّرة. فكيف تُحدث وسائل الإعلام تغييراً جذرياً في طريقة إنتاج المعلومات في العالم العربي ونشرها؟ ما هو تأثيرها على النقاش العام؟

في هذا الإطار، يوفّر المنتدى فرصةً لأكثر من 200 صحافي وناشط وخبير من الأردن، تونس، الجزائر، سوريا، العراق، فلسطين، لبنان، مصر ليبيا، والمغرب، ليتبادلوا المعلومات والآراء حول الممارسات والوسائل الحديثة والأفكار والابتكارات المتعلقة بواقعهم اليومي، ويشهدوا على التحوّلات الراهنة، لا سيّما سطوع نجم صحافة المواطن.

ومن المقرّر أن يتبادل المشاركون الخبرات حول ثلاثة مواضيع أساسية هي: 

– وسائل الإعلام الجديدة أو إعادة تعريف المشهد الإعلامي ضمن المجتمعات العربية.

– الابتكار على صعيد إنتاج المحتوى الإلكتروني والأدوات الجديدة المتوفّرة للصحافيين.

– ريادة الأعمال واقتصاد وسائل الإعلام في العالم العربي.

يندرج منتدى “4M بيروت” ضمن إطار مشاريع مرافقة مختلفة متعلقة بوسائل الإعلام الإلكتروني في العالم العربي، تنفّذها في الوقت الراهنقناة فرنسا الدولية (CFI)، مثل مشروع “ابتكار- ميديا”، و” 4Mالانتقال الرقمي للصحف العربية””، أو أيضاً4M مشرق”.


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Terms of Reference for a communication consultant for the PROWD project

(June – October 2014)

Background

Promoting Rights of Women Domestic Workers Programme (PROWD) aims to improve the situation of women migrant domestic workers (WMDWs) in Lebanon by ensuring favorable working conditions and a regulated environment that protects their rights. Specifically, this project constitutes the extension and consolidation of an initial phase that fits into a long-term intervention planned by the ILO at the regional level. This intervention will meet the priorities of regulation, monitoring of international labour migration and the protection of the rights of domestic workers. Activities vary among research, awareness raising, material production, technical meetings, and training. The pilot phase was led by the Ministry of Labour (MoL) in cooperation with ILO, other UN agencies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). During this preliminary phase, the basis for a larger action plan with specific institutional capacity building components was established. An institutional mapping exercise was carried out and gaps were identified, which informed the design and planning of the project activities.

In order to increase synergy in the production of material of the project, and the visibility of the activities which will have an impact on sensitizing the wider public on rights of WMDWs, a communication consultant is required to assist the project. Within the framework of the PROWD Project funded by EC, the consultant will be office based and work to support the project on specific communication deliverables listed in the Tasks section below.

Tasks

Specifically, the consultant will be tasked with:

– Develop, coordinate and support the implementation of the communications strategy for the extended period of the project.

– Monitor the dissemination of publications produced by the project, specifically the Workers Information guide, the board game, research reports and other publications.

– Coordinate the participatory newsletter of the Project, develop concept note, mainly to follow up on material and articles collection, coordinate translation and copy edit and design, as well as electronic dissemination.

– Compilation of press releases on issues relevant to Migrant domestic worker and news about the projects for the period of this contract.

– Contribute to the coordination and monitor visibility activities and events of the project mainly:

– Draft TORs for needed communication consultants like graphic designers and others.

– Draft Media advisory and Press release relevant to project events

– Invite and mobilize the media to cover project’s events

– Follow up on design work and printing of the following deliverables:

o SORAL code of conduct

o Migrant Domestic Workers recruitment guide

o Policy Briefs produced by the project

o Project leaflet/info graphic

o Sexual and Reproductive Health guide developed by UNFPA

o Teacher’s guide

Other tasks:

– Suggest initiatives to promote the projects’ results with national stakeholders and in national media and within the ILO in collaboration with the communication personnel at ILO/ROA.

– Contribute to the development of concepts and content of various communications products publications and other promotional or information materials.

– Support in editing communication material in Arabic and English;

– Translation of communication material into Arabic/English

– Ensure that all visibility material is in compliance with ILO and EU regulations.

– Coordinate with Communication units at ILO and EU on relevant communication issues, mainly press release and clearance on visibility and use of logos.

– Other related responsibilities as required by the NPC.

Working Relations

The consultant will be office based and work under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator, and will coordinate interventions with relevant staff members from the project and the communication team at the ILO/ROAs.

Timeline, Deliverables, and remuneration

The consultancy is expected to take place during the months of 27 June to 31 October 2014 for the lump sum of 16,500 USD.

Qualifications

The communication consultant is expected to have the following qualifications:

 Advanced university degree in Journalism/Mass Communications or related fields.

 At least 3-5 years of experience in working in the communication field with development organizations

 Practical experience in communications strategies and projects;

 In-depth knowledge and understanding of development issues and relevant work experience.

 Ability to analyze, plan, communicate effectively orally and in writing

 Knowledge and understanding of EU and ILO guidelines is an advantage

 Fluency in Arabic and English, orally and in writing.

 Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools.

Excellent interpersonal skills, solid judgment/ decision making, initiative and creativity.

 Team player.

 Ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines

For those interested, contact Those send your references, resume and other relevant information to  mezher@ilo.org

the TORs in a PDF form are below:

ToR_PROWD_Communication Consultant_June_Oct 2014

 
 Good luck!!
Rita Chemaly

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Who is interested in knowing how to use ICT in their campaigns?

how you can use facebook, twitter, and other tools to promote your goals?

it is a webinar on wednesday april 30 2014,

full details are below!

prepare your speakers, mic and pc and check your internet connection first!

good webinar!

Rita Chemaly

iKNOW Politics invites you to the webinar on “The role of ICTs in empowering women in politics”

When?  April 30th, 2014 at 9 am EDT

The 21st century has seen an unprecedented increase in the percentage of internet users around the world. 27.5% of people in Asia are now internet users, in Latin America and the Caribbean it’s 42.9% and the increase in internet users from 2000 to 2012 has been highest in the African continent, with an approximate 3,606.7% increase. Over 1.11 billion Facebook users communicate across borders every day. At least one-half of the world’s population has a mobile phone, and the number is increasing every day. Texting is the number one most used data service in the world, with 8.6 trillion text messages sent worldwide in 2012. In developing countries, two in three people have mobile phone subscriptions. Interestingly, the most remarkable innovations that have come from the use of mobile phones were where internet coverage was poor.

While it is doubtless that current communication technology has a lot to offer any activist or politician, it may be of particular value for women in politics since mobile phones, the internet and social media channels have the potential to, not only serve as an equalizer for women politicians and activists, but to also increase their political participation. Often discriminated against in traditional media, women have started going around traditional communication outlets, such as television and radio, to adopt more direct and interactive communication tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, SMS, promotional videos, podcasts, and blogs, which have proved very effective, eliminating the use of intermediaries in communication and allowing the women themselves to be ‘the news makers’.

Women members of parliament are increasingly using these different technology platforms during their political campaigns and careers to generate dialogue with their constituencies as elected representatives. Political leaders are catching on to the crowd sourcing possibilities that these technologies offer.

Blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts have been created for many women politicians and activists. Additionally, text messages are used to alert journalists and to create viral campaigns during public rallies, televised debates and press conferences. YouTube videos are also supplementing paid television spots for political messages and breaking dependency on mainstream media sources. Political activists are using these social networks to personally organize events and disseminate information on public policy issues and communication between individual citizens and their government is increasing through online petitions, discussion forums and platforms.

Join us on April 30th, 2014 at 9 am EDT for an inspiring webinar on the use of ICTs to empower women in politics. NDI will tell us a bit about their Survey “The use of ICTs for women in politics”, Ms. Oyungerel, Member of Parliament in Mongolia, will share her experience during the “Women CAN Campaign” and Ms. Danya Bashir Hobba, a Libyan activist and Executive Director for “Social Media for Change”, will show us the power of social media in reshaping societies.

Register here!!

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Thank you Cases show for hosting me to shed light about women rights in Saudi-Arabia , KSA

to watch the show hosted by Farah Atoui and produced by Aly Sleem for Etejah TV Channel, follow the link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZyrMZhnNZw&feature=youtu.be

Kudos to all Saudi women driving, campaigning, speaking out and defying norms and bans,

You’ll do it one day, and achieve your political, social and economical rights!!

Rita Chemaly

Cases Rita Chemaly about women rights in Saudi Arabia KSA

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An interview done by Jasmine Boyadjian, that was published in Fit’n Style Magazine October Issue,

I repeat:

WOMEN are Not Objects,

Media should be aware of that,

The Biased images of Women should change in Communication means,

Women should be aware of not replicating the images and the social roles that are commonly engraved in Society!

Rita!

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because many “illiterate ” digital, have shown an interest on how to use Facebook, twitter and other social media platforms,

the National commission for women in Lebanon and the Ministry of Social Affairs have tailored a special training program for beginner users.

They gave me the responsibility to train “Digitally” illiterate women and men on how to use Social Media platforms to make some noise on the web about the causes they champion.

It was one of the most wonderful experience, seeing elder women who usually open Facebook to contact their children abroad with (their help), try to figure out how to make keywords, write catchy status, make interesting pictures….

for you here is the synopsis and the overview of the training program specially tailored for those wonderful women and men!

Rita Chemaly

 

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Communication officer

Duration:  6 to 8 months part time

Starting date: ASAP

About MadaMada is a non sectarian NGO established in Lebanon in year 2000 (www.mada.org.lb). Mada works with different groups in various developmental and environmental projects in Lebanon to facilitate dynamics of change based on endogenous and inclusive efforts as well as policies and regulations appropriate to local realities. Mada achieves this mission by:

·         Supporting marginalized persons or groups and providing a space for initiatives carried by actors who have the potential for change

·         Contributing to the establishment of relationships or effective partnerships between local actors and other stakeholders.

Through its activities, Mada tries to ensure long-term mobilization and to inspire new practices of leadership while contributing to the emergence of a culture of collective action and responsibility.

Mada’s activities are divided into three main axes:

Territorial approach: Since 2003, Mada acts as a local development agency on Hermel/Akkar/Dannieh, in close cooperation with municipalities and local communities, and has implemented several projects in socio-economic field, education, conservation, land use Planning and Ecotourism.

Platform: Since 2006, Mada supports independent initiatives by providing administrative and technical support via its platform.

Mada expertise: since 2008, Mada provides consultancy in various development and environmental fields in line with its mission and guiding principles

Mada is seeking a communication officer who will be in charge, under the supervision of Mada’s executive coordinator, of developing and managing Mada’s external and internal communications. This person will be contributing to the website; raising the understanding and awareness of Mada among partners, medias, Ngo’s and public. He/she will be working collaboratively with Mada’s team, and other stakeholders to ensure that Mada’s communication tools convey the importance and the impact of the work done.

The Communication officer shall perform the following functions:

· Coordinating Mada’s Website restructuration and redesign to make it more appealing with more consistency, interactivity, with a strong identity and ability to integrate web 2.0 tools.

The new website will reflect changes that had taken place at Mada and provide more relevant information about the projects and its members. The website should incorporate social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube among others.

·         Developing and reviewing suitable communication tools for the association

(Brochure, business card, power point presentation …)

·         Developing suitable communication tools related to Mada’s membership system 

·         Relying on the use of the website and social media to mobilize volunteers.

·         Designing a newsletter with updates on Mada’s activities, materials and publications produced by the association (English and Arabic)

·         Producing the annual report based on information’s gathered from Mada’s staff

·         Manage the projects pictures data base

·         Carry out other tasks as assigned by Mada’s executive coordinator

·         Attending regular coordination meetings

Education and knowledge

·         Professional or university degree in Journalism, communication or related field.

·         Excellent knowledge in writing, editing, proof-reading and designing communication documents for public dissemination.

·         Experience in developing and implementing communications strategies

·         Experience with web design program and development, preferably using open source technologies.

·         Advanced computer skills, knowledge of Flash, HTLM5, CSS, Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop and CS6 will be a must.

·         Fluently in English and Arabic, French is an advantage.

·         Prior volunteerism and NGO experience is desirable

Skills

·         Sense of organization

·         Reactivity

·         Relational skills

·         Interest and familiarity with NGO’s context

·         Initiative

·         Adaptability and flexibility – ability to work on several projects

·         Commitment – respect of time limits

Please submit your CVs to the following email address: vacancy@mada.org.lb

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par Mona Chollet, mardi 12 mars 2013

« Les musulmans semblent éprouver un sentiment de puissance virile à voiler leurs femmes, et les Occidentaux à les dévoiler », écrivait l’essayiste marocaine Fatema Mernissi dans Le Harem et l’Occident (Albin Michel, 2001). L’engouement des médias français pour des figures comme les Femen ou Aliaa El-Mahdy, l’étudiante égyptienne qui, en 2011, avait posé nue sur son blog (1), offre une nouvelle confirmation de la justesse de cette observation. On a pu voir sur France 2, le 5 mars, un documentaire consacré au collectif d’origine ukrainienne implanté en France depuis un peu plus d’un an (2), et un autre intitulé Aliaa, la révolutionnaire nue sur Public Sénat pour le 8 mars, Journée internationale des femmes.

Tant pis pour les milliers de femmes qui ont le mauvais goût de lutter pour leurs droits tout habillées, et/ou d’offrir un spectacle moins conforme aux critères dominants de jeunesse, de minceur, de beauté et de fermeté. « Le féminisme, c’est ces femmes qui ont défilé dans les rues du Caire, pas les Femen ! Et sur ces femmes-là, je vois peu de documentaires TV », s’insurgeait sur Twitter, le 6 février dernier, la correspondante de France Inter en Egypte, Vanessa Descouraux. En France, les organisations féministes « se voient désormais plus souvent interpellées sur ce qu’elles pensent du mouvement d’origine ukrainienne que sur leurs propres actions » (3).

« Si tu montres tes nichons,
je reviens avec mon photographe »

Femmes, vous voulez vous faire entendre ? Une seule solution : déshabillez-vous ! En octobre 2012, en Allemagne, les réfugiés qui campaient devant la Porte de Brandebourg, au centre de Berlin, pour dénoncer leurs conditions de vie peinaient à attirer l’attention des médias. En colère, une jeune femme qui manifestait avec eux lança à un journaliste de Bild : « Tu veux que je me mette à poil ? » « Le journaliste acquiesce et promet de revenir avec son photographe. D’autres journalistes l’apprennent et voilà, la foule d’objectifs se réunit autour des jeunes femmes qui soutiennent les réfugiés. Elles ne se sont pas déshabillées, mais ont profité de l’occasion pour dénoncer le sensationnalisme des médias (4). »

Les Femen, elles, ont été plus pragmatiques. Lors de leurs premières actions, en Ukraine, en 2008, elles avaient inscrit leurs slogans sur leurs dos nus, mais les photographes ne s’intéressaient qu’à leurs seins. Elles ont donc déplacé les inscriptions (5)… Cet ordre des choses n’inspire pas d’états d’âme particuliers à Inna Chevchenko, l’Ukrainienne qui a exporté la marque Femen en France : « On sait de quoi les médias ont besoin, déclarait-elle en décembre à Rue89. Du sexe, des scandales, des agressions : il faut leur donner. Etre dans les journaux, c’est exister (6). » Vraiment ?

Certes, la militante féministe Clémentine Autain a raison de rappeler que « le happening, c’est dans notre culture. De la suffragette Hubertine Auclert, qui renversait les urnes lors des élections municipales de 1910 pour que les journaux de la IIIe République puissent avoir leurs photos trash à la Une, aux militantes du MLF qui balançaient du mou de veau dans les meetings des anti-avortement dans les années 1970, on sait aussi monter des coups (7) ! ». Ce mode d’action est aussi celui de l’association Act Up dans sa lutte contre le sida. Mais encore faut-il que derrière les « coups », il y ait un fond politique solide et bien pensé qui leur donne leur sens. Or, dans le cas des Femen, c’est peu dire que le discours ne suit pas. Quand il ne se révèle pas franchement désastreux.

Contre les vieilles femmes qui lisent des livres

La réduction permanente des femmes à leur corps et à leur sexualité, la négation de leurs compétences intellectuelles, l’invisibilité sociale de celles qui sont inaptes à complaire aux regards masculins constituent des pierres d’angle du système patriarcal. Qu’un « mouvement » — elles ne seraient qu’une vingtaine en France — qui se prétend féministe puisse l’ignorer laisse pantois. « Nous vivons sous la domination masculine, et cela [la nudité] est la seule façon de les provoquer, d’obtenir leur attention », déclarait Inna Chevchenko au Guardian (8). Un féminisme qui s’incline devant la domination masculine : il fallait l’inventer.

Non seulement Chevchenko accepte cet ordre des choses, mais elle l’approuve (toujours dans The Guardian) : « Le féminisme classique est une vieille femme malade qui ne marche plus. Il est coincé dans le monde des conférences et des livres. » Elle a raison : à bas les vieilles femmes malades, elles ne sont même pas agréables à regarder. Et les livres, c’est plein de lettres qui font mal à la tête, bouh ! Auteur d’un excellent livre sur les usages du corps en politique (9), Claude Guillon commentait : « Le mieux intentionné des observateurs dirait que cette phrase exprime la présomption et la cruauté de la jeunesse. Il faut malheureusement ajouter pour l’occasion : et sa grande sottise ! En effet, et peut-être Inna aurait-elle pu le lire dans un livre, l’image des féministes comme de vieilles femmes coupées du monde (comprenez : et du marché de la chair) est un très vieux cliché antiféministe, qu’il est navrant de voir repris par une militante qui prétend renouveler le féminisme (10). » Depuis, les représentantes françaises du collectif ont cependant dû se résigner à sortir un livre d’entretiens (11) : « En France, il faut publier des textes pour être reconnu, légitime », soupire l’une d’entre elles (Libération, 7 mars 2013). Dur, dur.

Pour Rue89, Chevchenko résumait ainsi le discours des jeunes Françaises qui voulaient rejoindre les Femen : « Elles me disaient : “Les mouvements féministes qui existent déjà en France, ce ne sont pas des mouvements faits pour les jeunes femmes, mais pour des femmes intellectuelles qui ressemblent à des hommes, qui nient la sexualité, le fait qu’une femme puisse être féminine.” » A cet égard, il faut le reconnaître, les Femen marquent incontestablement un progrès. S’agissant d’une ancêtre comme Simone de Beauvoir, il a fallu attendre le centenaire de sa naissance, en 2008, pour la voir enfin à poil : c’était long. Mais la patience du monde fut récompensée : avec délice, Le Nouvel Observateur (3 janvier 2008) publia en couverture une photo montrant l’auteure du Deuxième sexe nue de dos dans sa salle de bains (12). Les Femen, elles, sont bonnes filles : elles mâchent le boulot (« femen » signifie d’ailleurs « cuisse » en latin, mais rien à voir, elles ont choisi ce nom « parce qu’il sonnait bien »). Après tout, ne soyons pas pudibonds : pour être féministe, on n’en a pas moins un corps, une sensualité, une vie sexuelle. On peut seulement déplorer que l’attente de toutes celles — et ceux — qui rêvent de se repaître des petites fesses de Jean-Paul Sartre dure toujours. Que fait Le Nouvel Observateur ? Les grands intellectuels n’auraient-ils pas, eux aussi, un corps, une sensualité, une vie sexuelle ? Pourquoi ne pas nous en faire profiter ? Pourquoi ne sont-ils pas, eux aussi, une denrée publique, que l’on peut exposer et commercialiser indépendamment de la volonté des intéressés ?

« Féminisme pop »

Après s’être attiré une large sympathie lorsqu’elles se sont fait agresser par les extrémistes catholiques de Civitas au cours de la manifestation contre le mariage pour tous, en novembre 2012, les Femen ont suscité de plus en plus de réserves et de désaveux — par exemple de la part du collectif féministe Les TumulTueuses, ou de l’actrice et réalisatrice Ovidie. Critiquées pour la caution qu’elles apportent à la vision du corps féminin forgée par l’industrie publicitaire, elles se sont défendues en publiant des photos de certaines de leurs membres qui s’écartent de ces canons. Le problème, c’est qu’on ne verra jamais celles-ci en couverture des Inrockuptibles, les seins en gant de toilette cadrant mal avec le « féminisme pop » que dit priser le magazine — ni dans Obsession, le supplément mode et consommation du Nouvel Observateur, pour lequel les Femen ont posé en septembre dernier. Et pas question d’arguer que ce n’est pas de leur faute : si elles voulaient être un minimum crédibles, elles devraient imposer la présence de ces membres lors des séances photo. « Quel peut être l’effet produit par cette photo de groupe [dans Les Inrockuptibles] sur les femmes moins jeunes, ou jeunes mais moins favorisées par le hasard génétique ? interroge Claude Guillon. Le même effet que le terrorisme publicitaire et machiste que le féminisme ne cesse de dénoncer. Cette photo est pire qu’une maladresse, c’est un contresens politique. »

Les dénégations répétées des membres du collectif ne suffisent pas, par ailleurs, à dissiper le soupçon d’une politique de la photogénie délibérée. Dans le livre Femen, l’une des fondatrices ukrainiennes déclare : « Nos filles doivent être sportives pour endurer des épreuves difficiles, et belles pour utiliser leur corps à bon escient. Pour résumer, Femen incarne l’image d’une femme nouvelle : belle, active et totalement libre. » Le féminisme, mieux qu’un yaourt au bifidus. L’une de ses camarades françaises invoque une « erreur de traduction » (13)…

Quoi qu’il en soit, en l’état actuel des choses, il n’est pas certain que les médias et le grand public fassent complètement la différence entre les Femen et la Cicciolina par exemple — précurseuse de la couronne de fleurs sur cheveux blonds —, ou la pin-up de la page 3 du quotidien britannique The Sun. Claude Guillon, encore : « “Au moins, me disait une jeune femme, depuis qu’elles se mettent à poil, on les écoute !” Que nenni. On les regarde tout au plus. Et lorsque les rédacteurs en chef en auront marre de mettre du nibard à la une (ça lasse, coco !), on ne les regardera plus. » Les journalistes de Rue89 sont elles-mêmes perplexes devant le succès d’audience du collectif : « Le premier article que nous avons fait sur les Femen était un “En images”. On y voyait simplement la photo d’une Femen devant la maison de DSK, seins nus. Trois paragraphes accompagnaient l’image. L’article a reçu 69 500 visites. C’est beaucoup. » Dans le fumeux « sextrémisme » promu par le groupe, il y a tout à parier que c’est surtout « sexe » qui fait tilter la machine médiatique.

Des médias devenus tous féministes ?

Le féminisme serait donc devenu consensuel, au point de faire la couverture de tous les journaux et d’avoir l’honneur de documentaires télévisés abondamment promus dans la presse ? Il faudrait être naïf pour le croire. L’intérêt pour les Femen s’avère parfaitement compatible avec l’antiféminisme le plus grossier. Ainsi, le 7 mars, Libération leur consacrait une double page ; cela ne l’a pas empêché de publier le lendemain, pour la Journée internationale des femmes, un numéro d’anthologie. Sous le titre « Du sexe pour tous ! », il a choisi de consacrer sa Une à l’« assistance sexuelle » pour les handicapés. La photo d’illustration montrait un handicapé au lit avec une « assistante » (blonde, souriante, incarnation de la douceur et de l’abnégation qui sont la vocation des vraies femmes), et non l’inverse : on a bien dit « Du sexe pour tous », pas « pour toutes ».

Pour le quotidien, ce combat s’inscrit dans le cadre de sa défense acharnée de la prostitution. En janvier dernier, déjà, il publiait le portrait d’un polyhandicapé qui militait pour le droit à l’« assistance sexuelle ». Comme le faisait remarquer sur son blog le cinéaste Patric Jean (14), cet homme avait cependant eu au cours de sa vie deux compagnes, et même des enfants, ce qui relativisait quelque peu l’argument de l’incapacité des handicapés à avoir une vie sexuelle. Histoire de compléter ce tableau de la femme selon Libé, le portrait de dernière page était celui de Miss France.

Même méfiance quand on voit Charlie Hebdo, bastion de l’humour de corps de garde, dont les dessins répètent semaine après semaine que la pire infamie au monde consiste à se faire sodomiser, c’est-à-dire à se retrouver dans une posture « féminine » (15), collaborer avec les Femen pour un numéro spécial (6 mars 2013). En couverture, le dessin de Luz reprend un visuel du groupe qui montre ses militantes brandissant une paire de testicules. Le cliché des féministes hystériques et « coupeuses de couilles », couplé à l’esthétique publicitaire : une bonne synthèse du produit Femen. Dans l’entretien qu’elle accorde à l’hebdomadaire satirique, Chevchenko déclare vouloir une société « où les femmes ont plus de pouvoirs que les hommes ». Bien bien bien.

Un pseudo-féminisme qui suscite un engouement général des plus suspects : en France, cela rappelle la bulle médiatique autour de Ni putes ni soumises, qui fut célébrée dans la mesure où elle permettait de renforcer la stigmatisation de l’islam et du « garçon arabe » (16). Deux ex-militantes de l’association, Loubna Méliane — assistante parlementaire du député socialiste Malek Boutih — et Safia Lebdi, ont d’ailleurs fait partie des premières ralliées aux Femen, avant de prendre leurs distances. La section française du groupe s’est installée à la Goutte d’Or, quartier parisien où vivent beaucoup de musulmans ou assimilés, et a annoncé son implantation par une affiche bleu-blanc-rouge qui rappelait curieusement les « apéros saucisson-pinard » organisés au même endroit en 2010 par des militants d’extrême droite.femen aliaa mahdi women rights

« Mentalité arabe » en Ukraine

Si l’anticléricalisme radical du collectif se comprend sans peine compte tenu du poids de l’Eglise orthodoxe dans la vie publique ukrainienne, ses porte-parole ont tendance à en franchir le cadre lorsqu’il s’agit de l’islam. L’une des fondatrices du mouvement, Anna Hutsol, a ainsi flirté avec le racisme en déplorant que la société ukrainienne ait été incapable « d’éradiquer la mentalité arabe envers les femmes » (17).

En mars 2012, sous le slogan « Plutôt à poil qu’en burqa », Femen France a organisé une « opération anti-burqa » devant la Tour Eiffel. Ses membres clament aussi que « La nudité, c’est la liberté », ou scandent : « France, déshabille-toi ! » Elles perpétuent ainsi un postulat très ancré dans la culture occidentale selon lequel le salut ne peut venir que d’une exposition maximale, en niant la violence que celle-ci peut parfois impliquer (18).

De nombreuses féministes leur ont objecté que, plutôt que d’affirmer la supériorité de la nudité, il vaudrait mieux défendre la liberté des femmes à s’habiller comme elles le souhaitent. Mais les Femen sont certaines de détenir la vérité. « On ne va pas adapter notre discours aux dix pays où s’est implanté le groupe. Notre message est universel », assure Chevchenko à 20minutes. Ce mélange de paresse intellectuelle et d’arrogance, cette prétention à dicter la bonne attitude aux femmes du monde entier, sont accueillis plutôt fraîchement. La chercheuse Sara Salem a ainsi reproché à l’étudiante égyptienne Aliaa El-Mahdy son alliance avec les Femen : « Si le geste de se déshabiller sur son blog pouvait être vu comme un moyen de défier une société patriarcale, il est problématique qu’elle collabore avec un groupe qui peut être défini comme colonialiste (19). » Mais pourquoi se remettre en question quand montrer vos seins suffit à vous assurer une audience maximale ?

(1) A la lumière de la remarque de Mernissi, le geste d’El-Mahdy est porteur d’une charge transgressive indéniable dans le contexte égyptien. Il lui a d’ailleurs valu des menaces intolérables. Mais le problème est que sa démarche, purement individuelle, reste impuissante à faire évoluer les mentalités dans son pays. Elle s’avère même contre-productive : en Occident, la jeune femme a été récupérée par des commentateurs dont les discours — ou les arrière-pensées — ne sont pas toujours bienveillants envers sa société d’origine.

(2) Nos seins, nos armes, de Caroline Fourest et Nadia El-Fani.

(3) « Femen, la guerre des “sextrémistes” », Libération, 7 mars 2013.

(7) « Le féminisme à l’épreuve du sextrémisme », M – Le magazine du Monde, 9 mars 2013.

(8) « Femen’s topless warriors start boot camp for global feminism », The Guardian, 22 septembre 2012.

(9) Claude Guillon, Je chante le corps critique, H&O, Paris, 2008.

(10) « Quel usage politique de la nudité ? », Claude Guillon, 7 février 2013. Ajout du 13 mars : lire aussi « “Sauvées par le gong” ? Femen, suite et fin » (12 mars).

(11) Femen, entretiens avec Galia Ackerman, Calmann-Lévy, Paris, 2013.

(12) Lire Sylvie Tissot, « “Une midinette aux ongles laqués” », Le Monde diplomatique, février 2008.

(13) « Femen : “Notre message est universel” », 20minutes.fr, 5 mars 2013.

(14) « Prostitution : Libération remet le couvert », Le blog de Patric Jean, 7 janvier 2013.

(15) Cf. Maïa Mazaurette, « Une remarque au sujet des caricatures “humiliantes” dans Charlie Hebdo », Sexactu, 20 septembre 2012.

(16) Nacira Guénif-Souilamas et Eric Macé, Les féministes et le garçon arabe, L’Aube, La Tour d’Aigues, 2004.

(17) « Femen, Ukraine’s Topless Warriors », TheAtlantic.com, 28 novembre 2012.

(18) Cf. « Femen ou le fétichisme du dévoilement », Seenthis, octobre 2012, et Alain Gresh, « Jupe et string obligatoires », Nouvelles d’Orient, Les blogs du Diplo, 20 mars 2011.

(19) Sara Salem, « Femen’s Neocolonial Feminism : When Nudity Becomes a Uniform », Al-Akhbar English, 26 décembre 2012.

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Join the Inaugural: Call for applications for Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at CEU. This two-year program offers students the opportunity to concentrate in Global Media and Communication in their second year.  Scholarships and fellowships available.

 

 

The CEU School of Public Policy (SPP) is seeking to recruit exceptional students from all parts of the globe to enroll in its inaugural class for the two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) program to begin in September 2013. CEU is an English-language, graduate university located in Budapest, Hungary and is accredited in both the United States and Hungary. Applications are open until 24 January 2013.

Read the MPA brochure and apply now!

 

About the MPA

The School’s professional degree program will equip students to make innovative contributions towards addressing the paramount public policy challenges of the 21st century. The MPA curriculum consists of integrated components designed to foster intellectual growth and reflective thinking, the development of practical skills and experiential learning.

Areas of concentration initially offered will include analysis in a host of public policy areas such as: Regional and Global Governance, Human Security and Sustainable Development and Global Media and Communication. In cooperation with the Open Society Foundations and SPP’s network of worldwide partners, the program will entail a student-designed, policy-oriented practice component (called the passion project), which commences in the winter term of the first year of the MPA program, builds on a summer internship, and runs through the entirety of a student’s second year.

We are recruiting students with a passion for public policy and the public good ready to challenge established models and schools of thought.

Prospective students

The School of Public Policy seeks applicants for its inaugural class who are committed to making a positive difference in the world of global public policy. Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong academic record, an interest in public policy, and high leadership potential. Although not a requirement, it is preferable that applicants possess one to several years work experience, obtained through paid/unpaid employment, professional or volunteer work, and/or internship opportunities, and have exposure to international or multicultural environments.

Join us in promoting innovative solutions worldwide and foster change: in government, international institutions, within non-profits, or in the private sector.

Scholarships and fellowships

SPP will offer a number of merit-based fellowships and scholarships.

For further information about the School of Public Policy, visit the SPP website or Facebook page, or contact the SPP at sppadmissions@ceu.hu.

Join a community of action-oriented thinkers and policy makers.

About SPP

Launched in September 2011, SPP aspires to become (in the words of its founder George Soros) a “new kind of global institution dealing with global problems.” In its degree and non-degree programs (including executive education), SPP aims to create an educational experience that involves not only the acquisition of skills and knowledge but also the cultivation of a mindset that emphasizes entrepreneurship, innovation, cultural awareness and a commitment to the public good. Building on Central European University’s rich traditions of promoting diversity and open societies, the SPP will cultivate a rigorous interdisciplinary environment and a dynamic laboratory of ideas.

 

Further opportunities to specialize in media and communication studies at CEU

 

1) Media, Information and Communication Policy Specialization within the Master in Public Policy (1 year program and 2 year Erasmus program).Visit their Website.

 

2) Political Communication certificate within the Master in Political Science (1 and 2 year programs). Visit their Website.

 

3) Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. Visit their Admissions Website.

Good luck!!

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WHAT IS IT?

SHARE Beirut is a weekend-long public, free and non-commercial hybrid event blending an Internet culture and technology related daytime conference with dynamic cutting-edge music festival by night. It will bring together hundreds of passionate people, forward-thinkers, cultural creatives, activists and artists from Lebanon as all around the world for talks and parties in 72 hours of powerful gathering to share ideas, knowledge and creativity.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

It’s about understanding and celebrating Internet culture and all the aspects of open, decentralized and accessible forms of communication, exchange and creation. It’s about empowerment of individuals and networking of like-minded people. It’s about setting the values and new standards that will prevent any kind of oppression, censorship and surveillance for future generations. It’s about understanding alternative economic, cultural and educational models. It’s about Internet ecology and struggles to protect Internet as open and free territory for all of us. It’s about energizing sub-cultural groups and praising diversity that these cultures are bringing. It’s about promoting open access to software, hardware, information, knowledge, science, government, design and almost everything else that can be open. It’s about sharing. It’s about how to do it yourself. But mostly, it’s about cats doing flips, birds flying over the moon and robots making biiips.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

During the 3 days of the conference Beirut will become the world’s epicenter in exchanging progressive ideas and knowledge on Internet culture, society, technology, music and new media. The lectures and talks will be given by leading international stars in these fields, world-class bloggers and artists who will educate the audience on new forms of activism and approaches in using advanced technologies and the latest tools to create, influence and affect. Discussions will delve deep into the underground of the Internet subcultures and explore groups that fight for digital and human rights, free information flow and access, improving transparency, and protecting the privacy of fellow peers and residents. The event will be accompanied by an intensive music program, which will be simultaneously organized in several well-selected clubs and alternative venues in Beirut. Contributors and visitors who obtain one of 1500 unique free wristbands will get access to both day and night events where many local, regional and international artists will perform for audiences who will share vibes and energy to celebrate the Internet as open and free territory for all.

WHEN WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

From 5th to 7th of October (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) 2012.
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THE EVENT IS FREE, BUT DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

Yes. Even though the main venue is huge and several clubs are on board, capacity is limited, so it is important that you register for the event. Around 1500 unique wristbands will give access to over 80 talks, exhibitions, concerts and DJ sets, so we encourage you to register as quickly as you can. Moreover, we encourage you to contribute and help us make this event even better.

WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

Main conference venue is Solea V in Beirut – a dazzling and very hip venue promising to host large events, dripping with atmosphere. The center boasts a huge skylight, and an indoor tree under high ceilings. Night program venues, clubs and program are soon to be announced, so be sure to subscribe to the newsletter.

Location: Jisr el Wati, next to Jaguar Dealership Sin El-Fil
Capacity: 1500 people

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WHO ARE WE?

Share is organized by Share Foundation, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting the rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology. The activities of Share Foundation are supported by cooperation and friendship with a wide network of various institutions, individuals and organizations such as State of Exit FoundationGoogleVimeoMozilla Foundation.MeErste FoundationInstitute for Sustainable Communities,Electronic Frontiers FoundationPirate PartyFlattrDigitalna AgendaRepublica …

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IF YOU ARE A COMPANY OR FOUNDATION
We are not looking for sponsors, we are trying to find partners who will share our vision of creating social and cultural impact on society.
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IF YOU ARE A GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION
Issues and topics that we are addressing are important for every system and society. Freedom of speech, ecology of media, internet neutrality, privacy and transparency should be on the list of priorities of any responsible government.
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IF YOU ARE AN ACTIVIST
Contact us. We will try to help as much as we can in your activities. We can create this event together, give you opportunity to spend 3 days with an international expert in your field of work, give you a space and time to present yourself or even try to fundraise for your activities.

IF YOU ARE ARTIST, MUSICIAN, BLOGGER, NEW MEDIA MAKER 
Do something together with us. We will organize a lot of collaborative activities before, during and after Share Beirut: remixing, crowd-designing, filmmaking, street art and interventions, flash mobs.
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Beirut – In recent days, the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli has been the site of highly publicised clashes between diverse political and sectarian groups. However while this small minority battles, the majority of Lebanese citizens are standing up against violence – both online and on the ground.
Soon after the clashes began, Lebanese civil society activists condemned the spread of violence through Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Their calls for national unity and to disarm the city circulated online in record time. Building on this public support, activists created new social media pages – many of which gathered over a thousand members.
These ordinary Lebanese citizens are standing up to show that they reject violence, that they are organising to stop it and that, ultimately, they refuse to be silent.
The Facebook group “Tripoli without weapons!” posted an appeal to local and national authorities that read, “. . . We are citizens who condemn the proliferation of weapons in the neighbourhoods and streets of our city Tripoli. We implore the state and all political, executive, security and military authorities to take whatever steps necessary to rid Tripoli of the weapons circulating through it. Yes to a weapon-free Tripoli! “.
Following this appeal, many key individuals declared a city-wide strike to protest the violence that had claimed several lives, and held a demonstration in front of Tripoli’s public administration offices to raise awareness of their cause.
Demonstrators waved Lebanese flags, sang the national anthem and demanded an immediate response to the city’s problems of rampant poverty and a lack of security, which are seen as interrelated. They called on the state to provide better security and reiterated the need for street militias to disarm. The non-violent protest brought together the President of the Municipal Council, members of parliament from the region, as well as leaders from all faith groups and other members of civil society. Their message was clear: Lebanon needs to return to the rule of law and provide security for all, throughout the country.
With the sectarian strife dividing Tripoli, and fearing that the country as a whole is heading once more towards violence, other civil society activists responded quickly through multiple initiatives, this time in Beirut. Online, youth showed their patriotism with pictures they created in response to the situation, with captions that read: “Neither Sunni nor Shiite, nor Christian, nor Druze, but Lebanese.”
“Our union is our salvation” was another slogan activists displayed on the steps of the National Museum in Beirut, where white chairs with the names of victims of the recent violence, unnamed chairs with Lebanese flags, and a large sign reading “That’s enough!” all begged for a return to peace.
In addition, scholars formed online groups to say no to war in Lebanon. The Third Voice for Lebanon is one example of a non-partisan, non-denominational and apolitical grassroots online group which publishes and circulates texts that protest violence and cronyism, as well as the recruitment and the indoctrination of children into militias and extremist groups. It uses peaceful demonstrations in Lebanon and overseas to say no to violence and yes to peace.
Lebanese civil society is calling upon the state to take firm action against violence and the circulation of weapons in poor areas by establishing security and supporting sustainable development that can help end the poverty that drives violence. The hurdles Lebanon faces now are very real. But these collective actions by Lebanon’s diverse, multifaceted civil society demonstrate hope.
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* Rita Chemaly is a writer and researcher in social and political science and author of the book Spring 2005 in Lebanon, between Myth and Reality. She won the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press in 2007 and blogs at www.ritachemaly.wordpress.com. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).
Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 26 June 2012, http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=31597&lan=en&sp=0

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I watched the first show of Lil Nasher, I usually like to watch the show, but 2 weeks ago, Tony Khalifeh had angered me big time.

He was “Fulminating” against a movie he didn’t even watch.

he was “protecting” a religion in a way that made me say ” kaffarratouni“;

directly after watching the show of Tony, and hearing priests asking to ban the movie, that has sexual content, and sexual “iihaa2”,

we went to watch the movie… I liked the pictures, the colors, I felt I was watching an “arte” movie… and for me it was a “nice movie”… with some great “jeu d’acteurs”!

During the entire show I was waiting to see what the “hell” made this big “polemique” against the movie, me a “religious person” couldn’t find anything to say… the priest in the Khalifeh show, said, “I stayed more than 3 minutes because of Tony”, euh….  the first 3 minutes and more of the movie are about a family going to the south in a car, hearing on the radio the war news of Lebanon…. are those 3 minutes offending ya priest??

the priest was asking “reclaiming” from the biggest authority in Lebanon to stop the movie, this priest, I am sorry he is a priest, was outraged, angry,

Dear sir, for me you are not a priest, you are a “pathetic pantin” who is frustrated sexually, you can’t even see a women dressed in “hafer ” way….

this “pathetic pantin” even dragged with tony khalifeh the other priest, Pere Fady Tabet, to say that the movie is “mousi2” for the church dogma… even though another priest abou kasm or abdo kasm or something… said, it contains harmful pictures, but it is not “mousi2 for the church dogma”…. cool hein??? they havent watched the movie and they want to CENSOR IT!?!!!! sorry to say what the F…!?!!??!

No to CENSORSHIP!!! Yes for the freedom of expression!! yes for the freedom of artistic expression!!!!

you could have asked for a special mention, such as the ones E begins its program with ” no for sensitive viewers” or “16 years old” … but asking for BANNING IT?!!!! we are LEBANON, the country of artistic creation, production!!! not the country of censorship and Banning!!!!

I am outraged by the “Church” reaction, I am sorry for the “small minds” of those who didnt even watch the movie and talk about him that way.

a fellow blogger , Elie, in ” a separate state of mind” a blog that I encourage you to read and follow,  expressed what I feel greatly!

here is a part of what I feel!! “This is pitiful. This is a disgrace. This is an insult to our intelligence and our freedom. This is an insult to Christianity, an insult to the Bible and an insult to anything Jesus Christ stood for.

Christian priests, are you happy? I am a Christian and I’m telling you – you are disgusting. You are so narrow-minded that if I tried to look through the hole that is your mind, the only thing I can see is emptiness. Is that what they teach you at whatever school you go through to become priests? To close in your mind and get offended at anything that touches on your religion in a way you find unfavorable?

How does this reflect on us, Christians, when your narrow-mindedness if the only thing people can see of us? Have you perhaps wondered that if some people decided to convert from Christianity because of a movie like Tannoura Maxi, however unlikely that may be, it’s not the movie’s fault but it’s your own? Or it’s perhaps because you don’t want the reality of having so many people with so little faith on your hands that you are panicking about anything and everything?” Source: Tannoura Maxi is Banned in Lebanon a post by the blog a separate state of mind http://stateofmind13.com/2012/05/21/tannoura-maxi-is-banned-in-lebanon/

dear Church men… do open your mind for the love that is the pilar of our religion.

As the great priest (I think Catholique) at ste Rita Church said yesterday evening during his “homelie”, God do not need us to “ternish” his image, your reaction, is ternishing his image.

Love between a man and a women is NORMAL, stop changing it and transforming it to something people should be guilty for and stop dramatizing it….

for those interested in reading the great reactions written here and there, I luved what Pierre wrote in al Akhbar about the same issue,

and again, bravo for the producer, director and all the crue of the movie, I luved it, especially my old school comrade role, you were astonishing in it, my friend from the church, you played your role magnificently too…

voila!!

Rita Chemaly

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Recap of the Homophobic Article by Mohamad Sibai in AUB’s Outlook.

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plusieurs sites internet gouvernementaux sont pirates ce matin, par un parti qui se nomme “Raise Your Voice”  ,

Dont le site de la présidence libanaise, du ministère de la justice, des douanes,….

les pirates ont promis de continuer de pirater les sites du gouvernement, tant que celui ci ne s’attache pas a défendre les droits des citoyens….

a vous la capture d’écran prise d’un des sites pirates!

Rita Chemaly

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La transmission de la nationalité par les mères libanaises a leur famille, un cadeau volé par le gouvernement? dans l’attente des promesses, les femmes gardent l’espoir de voir un projet de loi juste et équitable bientôt prendre jour!

My Nationality is A Right for Me and My Family

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how social networks work in the Syrian Uprising?

how can we describe the composition of the networks in Syria

How the government and the Opponents are working?

who are the activists?

what can we object to the online uprising of the Syrian revolution?

those issues were exposed by Enrico De Angelis at the UIR webscience, at the CEMAM;

for those who are interested as I am, do not hesitate to read my not fine tuned notes;

The Syrian Online Revolution 2011 -2012 by Enrico De Angelis notes by Rita Chemaly

for more information on the same subject related to Lebanon, and the Arab Spring, do not hesitate to read my previous posts and conferences notes:

Rita Chemaly

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Chers (es)

a tous les interesses (ees) Francis Pisani un des co-auteurs de ” comment le web change le monde” que j’avais utilise comme source pour ma recherche sur les Nouveaux medias et leur impact sur le systeme politique, est au Liban,

ce soir il donne une conference a l’USJ, Campus des Sports ( Rue de Damas) a 5h.

Soyez nombreux…

le dernier article ou j ai cite pisani:

https://ritachemaly.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/table-ronde-isp-intifadas-arabes-et-ntic-par-rita-chemaly.pdf

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The Middle East &North Africa
“Gender and Development E-Brief”
Issue #116
January 2012

NEWS & ARTICLES

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GENDER ACTIVISM

Call for Signatures for Greater Political Representation of Women in Libya

Advocacy for Right to Nationality – Women, Husbands, Children in Jordan

Egyptian Women: Performing in the Margin, Revolting in the Centre

Activists demand equal citizenship rights for women

Hundreds of Lebanese men and women march against rape

New Arab Woman Forum takes on Arab Spring

ZOOMING ON ARAB SPRING
Arab Spring, Islamist Summer…Feminist Fall?

Zooming on Arab Spring Consequences
Will the Arab Spring Backfire on Women?
Women’s voices must be heard during times of transitions and reform

GENDER & HUMAN RIGHTS
Prime Minister May Support Abortion for Rape, Incest In Morocco
Why Women are at the Heart of Egypt’s Political Trials and Tribulations
Saudi women to run, vote without male approval
Universities are the first test for Tunisian secularism
Having a Conversation on Other Terms: Gender and the Politics of Representation the New Moroccan Government

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Campaign Against Draft Law on Male Heritage Nationality on Lebanon

Beirut bar cancels event inviting guests to dress as domestic workers

Conflict, Pain & Loss, Mother’s Tears in Iraq

Gender-Based Violence – Call for Justice – Study in Southern Sudan

Revolution hasn’t made Egypt safer for women

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BOOKS AND REPORTS

2011 UN Millennium Development Goals Report – Gender

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Al-Raida: Women & Disability in the Arab World

This special issue of Al-Raida on Women and Disability in the Arab World calls for papers addressing women’s experiences of disability in the Arab region. It is prompted by ongoing concern that the voices of disabled women in the Arab world, their allies and their representative organizations are seldom heard.

We wish to consider the lives of disabled Arab women in relation to contemporary debates about disability and society. We are interested in papers which explore ways in which disability is being experienced by Arab women. We also have in mind the concerns of women who are mothers of disabled children or practitioners working to support disabled women and girls. In this Special Issue we hope to provide the opportunity to share research and critical thinking on a wide range of topics, which will increase knowledge and understanding of Women & Disability in the Arab World.

To read al Raida call of papers:

Al-Raida call of paper

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L’Institut des Sciences Politiques de l’universite Saint -Joseph a ouvert le Master en Sciences Politiques avec de nouvelles options:

Une option Communication et Marketing Politique (preparant des specialistes  et experts en communication politique et campagnes electorales).

Une option “Politique exterieure et Cooperation internationale ” (preparant a la recherche, a l’enseignement et a la consultation publique et privée)

Une option “Droits de L’Homme et Démocratisation” avec pour objet les processus de transition, (Preparant les specialistes parmi les fonctionnaires publics, les responsables d’ONG, les missions de suivi et de monitoring de la situation des droits de l’homme, et les consultants en matiere de transition.)

a tous(tes)  les interessé(es) n’hesitez pas a consulter le site de sciences Po Liban ou d’appeler les numeros figurant sur la fiche ci dessous.

Rita

Les nouvelles options du Master de L'Institut des Sciences Politiques

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I had enough with beautiful places being savaged by too much marketing and ads.

The Wadi Qanoubine, is one of the beautiful most peaceful places in Lebanon, that have been savaged by irregular restaurants and WC….

The Jaj cedar forest rehabilitated by Monaco had been savaged by barbecues in Lebanon, pple coming with their bags of charcoal and lighting fire under the cedar trees.

Now it is Jeita Time…..

the grotto is Magnificent, it is a natural grotto in Keserwan ( from where I come from) , with huge stalagmites and stalactites ( and you can correct my spelling mistakes)

a new campaign using new media (  Facebook, sms , billboards) has been launched nationally for people to vote for Jeita grotto as one of the 7 wonders of the world.

you can vote by sms for free… Attention the 10 cents are perceived by a personal company ( the 7 wonders organisers)…. the free hotline is 1070…

the politicians are helping by asking people ” Don’t vote for us, Vote for Jeita Grotto”

new ad campaign by the ministry of tourism and politicians " don't vote for us vote for jeita grotto"

I read the post of Khoder Salameh in his blog mouwaten Jou3an….

I am cross posting it, because he voices out my feelings too.

Arabic speakers Do not hesitate to read his blog: لا تصوّتوا لمغارة جعيتا

لا تصوّتوا لمغارة جعيتا

برمجة جوعان

خضر سلامة

لماذا لن أصوّت لمغارة جعيتا جعيتا؟ ولماذا أدعو الجميع أن لا يصوّت لجعيتا؟ حسناً، كان من الأفضل أن يكون السؤال لماذا قد أصوّت لجعيتا؟ ولماذا على الجميع أن يقاطع التصويت لجعيتا؟

فلنبدأ من الأساس، إن مباراة انتقاء عجائب الدنيا السبع الجدد، هي مباريات مهنية، تعتمد، على الأقل في المبدأ، على فكرة التصويت المدرك والواع لواحدة من بين خيارات عديدة بين روائع الدنيا الطبيعية، روائع كثيرة، تفوق، بوجهة نظري الشخصية، بلادة مرتبة جعيتا الفنية الطبيعية، أمام عظمة روائع أخرى، جعيتا، التي بالمناسبة، موقعها في الجغرافيا السياحية اللبنانية مميز عن أكثر من عشرة مغارات أخرى تشبهها في لبنان، ومعلم سياحي تاريخي أهم منها مهمل، لأسباب جيوسياسية تقوم على تفوق مناطقي لبناني انمائي، على مناطق أخرى، غير محظوظة بنيل رضا دولة لبنان المركزية، لذا، لن أصوّت لجعيتا.

لن أصوّت لجعيتا، لأن في ذلك تكريس أبدي لفكرة لبنان البلد السياحي الخدماتي، وتكالب الوزراء والنواب من مختلف الجهات، على التصويت لها، اقرار رسمي نهائي باهمال قطاعات الصناعة والزراعة التي تآمر عليها المعارضون والموالون سوية، لدفنها طوالة عشرين عاماً من الحريرية اللعينة.

لن أصوّت لجعيتا، لأن حملات التصويت مبنية على وطنية تافهة وسخيفة، وتدعو لشوفينية انتماء لا يعنيني، لا يمكنني، أن أنتمي لوطن لا يقبلني، لا يعطيني دولة، لا هوية تاريخية ولا هوية انسانية، ويعاملني كمواطن أجنبي تابع لجالية تسمى تلطيفا، طائفة، لا أنتمي، وإلى أن يقدّم لي هذا اللبنان هوية واضحة، لا أنتمي.

لن أصوّت لجعيتا، لأن هذه الحكومة المسعورة على صرف الأموال على الحملات الاعلامية لهذه العجيبة، تحوي ألف عجيبة أخرى، لم يتفق عليها المتفقون على جعيتا، أليس غلاء الأسعار قبل زيادة الأجور وبعدها، عجيبة؟ أليست خزينة الصفدي التي تستهدف الفقراء في ميزانية ظالمة جديدة، عجيبة؟ أليس تضخم الدين العام على يد الحريري الأب، برعاية رسمية من السنيورة، ثم الابن، ثم معارضيه، عجيبة؟ أليست انجازات الجيش اللبناني الأمني من دم اللبنانيين الفقراء في البقاع والضاحية والأطراف والمخيمات، عجيبة؟ لماذا أصوّت لجعيتا وحدها؟ نظامنا نظام عجائبي من أساسه.

لن أصوّت لجعيتا، لأن رسم الدخول اليها يقارب العشرين ألف ليرة،يضاف اليها كلفة الوصول اليها التي تقارب تنكة بنزين واحدة تفوق الثلاثين ألف ليرة، ما يجعل كلفة الزيارة تقارب الخمسة بالمئة من دخل اللبناني العاديّ جداً، ولن أصوّت لجعيتا، لأن حكومات الطائف الحريرية الممضية بخط يد المعارضة أيضاً، سلمتها لشركة خاصة بقوانين مبتكرة تخالف نص القوانين اللبنانية، يستنفع منها أزلام النظام، ولأن أصوت لجعيتا، لأني كلبناني مكلّف ضرائبياً، يذهب ريعها إلى خزينة مثقوبة بالفساد، فلا يصلني من خدماتها شيئاً.

صّوتوا يا أصدقائي لكهرباء لبنان المقطوعة الغالية على قلبكم، عجيبة، ولاتصالات لبنان الغالية على جيبكم، عجيبة، صوّتوا لمعارضة تقبّل الموالاة في صفقات الفساد، عجيبة، ولرؤساء ثلاث، يخرجون في فوضى المنطقة والمنعطفات التاريخية التي نمر فيها، والحالات المأساوية المعيشية، والغلاء العارم، والفوضى الأمنية، يخرج رؤسائنا الثلاثة مع موظفيهم ليعلنوا موقفاً تاريخياً واحداً: صوّتوا لجعيتا.

لأن سوق النخاسة كبير، وسوق الدعارة السياسية أكبر، لا تصوّتوا لجعيتا، لأن فيها، صورة مغارة علي بابا بثلاثين رأساً، ومعه مئة وثمانية وعشرون لصاً

Source: http://jou3an.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/%d9%84%d8%a7-%d8%aa%d8%b5%d9%88%d9%91%d8%aa%d9%88%d8%a7-%d9%84%d9%85%d8%ba%d8%a7%d8%b1%d8%a9-%d8%ac%d8%b9%d9%8a%d8%aa%d8%a7/

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Merci Chanty, pour le lien,

voila une video montrant un des nombreux salons de beaute pour ENFANTS!!!

Apres les publicites pornographiques, les publicites sexistes, voila, une autre mode qui commence chez nous,

un traitement special enfant…. il faut etre belle, creative, coloree, et beau, jagual, trendy…. j’oublie quelque chose?? Avec du Gel gelatineux sur la tete, et les cheveux en herisson… bon “yestoflo” comme dirait mes amis (es)….

Dans quel monde mes enfants vivront? Donneront-ils autant d’importance a l’image? et quelle image???

…. Qu’en Pensez vous???

je vous laisse avec le lien de la BBC….

Rita!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15065043

 

“From its stylish night clubs to its status as a destination for cosmetic surgery, Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, has long been popular with the image-conscious.

But in recent years the number of beauty parlours specifically for young girls has risen.

One such business is Chez Lulu, which offers make-up and hair styling for girls aged four years and up.

When it opened, the business attracted criticism from parents who said the treatments were unsuitable for children.

BBC News spoke to worker Stephanie Ghafari and five-year-old Malak Mohammad.

Is children’s salon going too far?

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Waouw!

je viens de checker le site de Kherr berr. http://kherrberr.org

je vous copie le premier paragraphe qui explique qui ils sont (” ils” les filles :-)) encore un pronom utilise en langue francaise, au  lieu de elles…. discrimination insidieuse?? 🙂 un sujet qui pourrait interesser certains et certaines, et qui necessairement est a approfondir…  )

“Kherr Berr” is a media monitor that specialises in overseeing the different types of gender discrimination, including biases based on colour, race, religion, appearance, sexual orientation, and social class. Kherr Berr also regulates “social transgressions” found in the media and advertising worlds, like the encouragement of violence against fellow humans in general, and women in specific, and the promotion of a fixed template-like image of men, women, and their families in stereotypical moulds when it comes to their appearance, personality, and lifestyles. Last but not least, Kherr Berr also exposes the objectification of women and their use as “items” to promote products and services.”

le Site est en deux langues ( arabe et anglais) et souligne en images et commentaires cyniques et poignants les discriminations faites a l’encontre de beaucoup.

Je vous recopie quelques articles que j’ai trouve Extra! Les amis, nous vivons dans un monde de stereotypes, et ou l’image qu’on nous inculque regente notre vie….

je me souviens encore de la publicite d’Exotica ( Merci Maman pour le nez non refait, comme quoi si mon nez ne ressemble pas a un toboggan, je ne suis pas belle ni naturelle… bref) je reviens a Kherr berr et je vous conseille vivement de feuilleter toutes les pages!!

ici, avec mes collegues du bureau nous etions scotchees ce matin aux pages de KherrBerr…..

Le premier billet que je vous ai choisi est le RANCHO ADD… A Vous de voir tout le billet avec les photos sur le site :

http://kherrberr.org/kherrberr/2011/09/el-rancho-ads/?lang=en ( EN anglais)

http://kherrberr.org/kherrberr/2011/09/el-rancho-ads/ ( En arabe)

“El Rancho Ads

On the highway from Beirut to Jbeil, you can’t help but notice the huge “El Rancho” ads spread all over the highway, marketing for the amusement activities provided by the company themed with the “wild west” scene. A blond woman with big boobs, half covered body, appears with an alert position, dangling ropes in her hands, once facing the bull and another facing the camera, was displayed in these ads. Appearing next to her is the phrase “Are you ready?” And we cannot help but ask: can we sum up the “Wild West” culture with a naked sexy woman’s body?And does this photo reflect the activities planned in “El Rancho’s- wild west- rodeo” festival?

Does this mean if I don’t fit the ads’ preferences as a woman, that I can’t be a part in this competition?
Until when will the ads continue to use women’s bodies as a tool for seduction and suggestion of sexual acts, where society refuses to admit the existence of a women’s sex drive? Couldn’t a deeper and more comprehensive statement of the festival’s contents and nature, other than an image of a model woman with savage features, wresting with a bull? Do you think the ad designer realizes that the women in the “Wild West” do not wear such revealing wear? These are only a few questions raised up by the “El Rancho’ ad campaign, and therefore, that’s why this campaign is worthy of being this week’s number 1 for exploiting women’s bodies.   Excuse me, may I look different than her? Bust: Between Large and Extra Large Ankles: Matchsticks Buttocks: Bust Size x 10 Waist: Between 2 cm and 2.3 cm Shoe size: 34 and below Please refer to the following ads to get a clearer picture of how your body should look like to qualify as a beautiful and socially accepted woman.”
 
 Le deuxieme billet A VOIR: Est celui qui s’arrete sur la publicite de Aishti:
ils ( elles? ) l’ont intitule Malhamat (est le mot arabe pour Boucherie) de aishti:

“Malhamat aishti ikhwan

Ashkit on September 27th, 2011

Aishti ads

 

Je ne peux qu’applaudir l’excellente initiative de ceux et celles qui enfin montrent dans quel monde de stereotype, de boites nous vivons,

Bravo et courage pour le reste chere equipe de KHERRBERR.ORG

Rita!


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