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I m soo happy , to see that the campaign against sexist Common sayings launched by the National Commission For Lebanese Women and UNFPA for the #16dayscampaignagainstviolence #GBV , received many reactions, and was shared massively. 
The campaign is simply reversing the common sayings, and exposing while putting “man” instead of “woman” the Cultural and social violence faced by Women, while asking the “man” do you accept if we say that to you? This is  Violence and this Violence should Not be Normalised in the Culture. This Violence needs to Stop. it is Unacceptable.
Below are the short movie prepared by NCLW and UNFPA Lebanon, and shared on TVs (huge thanks to LBCI, MTV, OTV, Future and Tele Liban) those are the TV channels I was able to screen, as well as for the news sites (NNA, Tayyar, FL) , bloggers (Thanks to Tarek) , friends, students (Thanks to Ursula) , and partners who reacted and shared this campaign. Changing mentalities is on the way!

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Eager to tell you about the MOOC  on Gender Based violence in the context of migration!

The course will begin on May 15!

what is a MOOC? a MOOC is Massive Online Open Course , that is offered for free by the Global Campus of Human Rights coordinated by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

The Mooc addresses gender, migration, and Human rights studies. The Lecture I participate in, is related to gender based violence faced by migrants and asylum seeking girls in the MENA region. The Political Sciences Institute (ISP) of Saint Joseph University part of the Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights,  has worked hard while dedicating a team to gather data, prepare, review, shoot, edit and produce the MOOC on GBV addressed by migrants girls and women in the region.  Examples for this specific lecture are taken from the newest published reports in the region related to GBV and SGBV.  Sexual Exploitation, trafficking  Statelessness, Child Marriage, Schooling and access to education are presented. Also main International Instruments addressing GBV are presented.

The MOOC is a free course of 5 hours per week, for 6 weeks, that is open to “upper year undergraduates; postgraduates; NGO activists and practitioners interested in interdisciplinary human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment, migration; young lawyers and social scientists; active and motivated citizens from around the world.”

I am very excited to be part of this Global Campus MOOC, and to have prepared the first MOOC addressing GBV and women’s rights in the region. Can’t thank enough the team who helped put all the lecture together (ISP team you rock! )  as well as the friends who helped gather the latest information in a very short deadline. (Special thanks to Ghida, Hayat, Raghda, Zeina, Myriam, and special thanks to Jihad who filmed and edited the lecture ).

Stay tuned  and follow the link to participate and enroll  in the MOOC! https://www.eiuc.org/education/global-campus-mooc-gbv-migration.html 

In solidarity from Lebanon

Let us address GBV in our region and internationally with sustainable solutions!

Rita Chemaly

 

 

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For the women journalist working in print or digital media in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, and are interested in a development program of their skills check below the annoucement in Arabic and Engligh.

please do not Send me your application but send them directly to your filled application form to apply@womeninnews.org.

 Good luck for the selection phase!!

Rita Chemaly

for more info: check the link http://womeninnews.org/

Women in News nominations now open for MENA – تم فتح باب التقديم لبرنامج النساء في الأخبار لعام ٢٠١٦!

Download: WIN 2016 application form

تحميل: إستمارة التقديم لعام ٢٠١٦

!يعلن برنامج النساء في الأخبار عن فتح باب الترشيح لعام ٢٠١٦ للصحافيات المتميزات في مصر، الأردن، لبنان وفلسطين
“يمكنكم الآن تقديم طلب المشاركة أو ترشيح صحافيات متميزات ليصبحن جزءً في البرنامج الرائد لبناء القدرات: “النساء في الأخبار
:يقدم البرنامج الميزات التالية
شهادة للدورات التدريبية حول إدارة وسائل الإعلام التي تم تطويرها خصيصا لمنظمة وان-ايفرا*
فرصة للعمل مع مدربين/ مدربات مهنيين لتطوير خارطة طريق مهنية على مدى 3-5 سنوات*
فرص فريدة للتواصل والتوجيه وتشارك الخبرات مع مشتركات من بلدان متعددة*
إن برنامج النساء في الأخبار هو جزء من استراتيجية منظمة وان-ايفرا حول النوع الاجتماعي وحرية الإعلام التي تدعمها الوكالة السويدية للتعاون الإنمائي الدولي (سيدا) لتعزيز تمثيل المرأة في المناصب العليا في صناعة الإعلام في الشرق الأوسط (الأردن، وفلسطين، ومصر، ولبنان). ويجمع البرنامج بين التدريب والتوجيه والإرشاد والتشبيك لمساعدة النساء في التقدم لمناصب أعلى داخل أماكن عملهم في وسائل الإعلام

:لتقديم الطلبات أو الترشيح، يرجى تعبئة الاستمارة وارسالها بمدة أقصاها الاثنين 17 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2016 على البريد الإلكتروني

apply@womeninnews.org

:يمكن تحميل الاستمارة من خلال الرابط التالي

 إستمارة التقديم لعام ٢٠١٦

اذا كانت لديكم أية أسئلة، الرجاء ارسالها على البريد الالكتروني

myra.abdallah@gmail.com

The World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is pleased to invite women working for newspapers or digital media in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine to apply for the much-sought-after Women in News (WIN) leadership development programme.

WIN works with media companies and their high potential female employees to overcome the gender gap in management and senior management positions. The programme equips women media professionals in middle and senior management positions with the strategies, skills and support networks they need to take on a greater leadership role within their organisations.

In the past four years, WIN has trained 120 women journalists from 40 media companies in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa. WIN participants have benefited from individual coaching, media management and leadership skills training, mentoring and networking opportunities to strengthen their skill-sets and help them overcome barriers to advancement in the workplace.

This is a results-based programme: 84% of participants reported having been given more responsibility in the workplace, with 40% of participants securing a promotion within their media companies while 68% of participants reported that after the training they noted more opportunities to progress within their companies.

Successful applicants will benefit from the following in 2016:

  1. One-on-one Coaching to work towards a specific career goal within their media company or to implement a workplace project of their choice.
  2. Certified Leadership and Media Management training through a skills development curriculum specifically designed for the WIN programme and delivered by regional experts.
  3. Peer Mentoring to allow for exchange of ideas and experiences, and create peer-to-peer support networks.
  4. Networking opportunities in national or regional settings to facilitate the creation and expansion of business networks.

WHO CAN APPLY:  WIN MENA* is open to media women with a minimum of 2 years in a middle management position (editorial or a senior journalist) within newspapers and digital media in  Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.

Note: successful participants will be expected to travel on specific occasions throughout the programme.

Please note that the programme is only accepting applications from print and digital media at this time.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should send a filled application form to apply@womeninnews.org.

Applications should arrive not later than Monday, 17 October, 2016 for Egypt*, Lebanon*, Jordan* and Palestine*.

*WIN MENA will be conducted in Arabic. Bilingual Arabic/English or Arabic/French candidates can apply.

 

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A new episode in Gender based violence, was highlighted during a discussion on Women rights!

The Discussion was organised by proeminent NGO , RDFL.

A Lebanese member of Parliament (re-conducted illegally) went out of the paper prepared by him or “for him??” and said that a women has a role in pushing men to rape her!

I am still shocked by the insanity of such an MP. He don’t understand the Harm such words do for all women. Such Words make sexual harassment at work , in public spaces, as well as in a Home Legal!!!

I do understand now why Most of our rotten laws such as the Penal Code, have such inanities! (reference to article  522)

What I loved is that bloggers, media, women activists, women right defenders spoke out about this insanity, and a petition asking MP to resign is being circulated!

Here is what is being circulated on the web, through different platforms:

النائب ايلي ماروني هان المرأة اللبنانية عندما صرّح: “في بعض الاماكن وبعض المطارح بدنا نسأل شو دور المرأة في قيادة الرجل إلى اغتصابها” وكان النائب يحمل المرأة مسؤولية الاغتصاب هيدا التصرف مرفوض من قبل أي رجل (او امرأة)، وخاصة نواب الامّة. مطلوب من الجميع التضامن لنطلب منه الاعتذار أو الاستقالة. الرجاء نشر البوست المرفق ابتداء من الان على كل صفحاتكم وحساباتكم على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي. وشكرا

 

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Below is the link to the Video in which Lebanese member of Parliament states his inanities:

اليكم/ن الفيديو الذي يظهر المواقف الذكورية التي أطلقها النائب إيلي ماروني حول حقوق النساء وبشكل خاص الجنسية، المادة ٥٢٢ والإغتصاب الذي اعتبر أن للمرأة دور في حدوثه. كذلك، يظهر في الفيديو الرد الكامل للنائب ماروني على اعتراض الناشطة حياة مرشاد على كلامه حيث لوح بإلباسها البرقع كي لا تخجل من تمثيله لها في البرلمانhttps://www.facebook.com/sharikawalaken/videos/1207350935984570/

 

Below is the statement Written by women activists, and that is open to be signed by all:

بيان للتوقيع والنشر صاغته ناشطات نسويات رداً على تصريحات النائب #ايلي_ماروني المهينة للمرأة في لبنان

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zqefNeT7ngDPVkiFXdq6xXlJbg1SGQrH120vp2YMHDw/edit

 

Below are the articles in the newspapers and media outlet that cover what happened:

Annahar

LBC News

The Daily Star

 

Action is Needed by the Political Party Kataeb of that Mp.

There is a need to amend and Delete article 522 which Blames Women being raped for their own rape, and which give them as a victory to the one who rape them!!

I call all Political parties to take action in Written against article 522 and against discriminatory articles of Penal code in Lebanon

Rita Chemaly

 

 

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Wonderful and amazing Video on gender equality by IWSAW-LAU, about the inequality facing women in Lebanon, and how decision makers are not considering the women voices!

The video, and the Lyrics are just great! by a simple cartoon they tackle GBV,  it tackles women stereotyping and the fact that law makers are not discussing women issues and rights with Women!!

I loved also  how they say that law makers prepare laws and forget them and Loose them in the drawers!!!

I remember that since 2011 many law amendments were presented to the Parliament in Lebanon regarding equality, and till now, LAWS were not Discussed !!! or Voted for….

MPs, did where , in which drawer did you hide those laws amendments?!!

Hat off IWSAW team!!!

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For those who are interested a short term expert is needed  for a study on an advocacy campaign related to political participation of women.

the expert will work 20 days. the TOR is below.

Kindly do send your CVs to :

Team leader: Maggy  on the mail:      maggy.grabundzija@geewl.eu
Project Manager : Diana Casallas on the email:     casallas@eurecna.it

 

Team and Reporting Lines Tel Fax Email
Project Director: Mario Costariol +39041 2919411 +39 041 5322465 costariol@eurecna.it
Team Leader: MaggyGrabundzija maggy.grabundzija@geewl.eu
Project Manager: Diana Casallas +39041 2919-407 +39 041 5322465 casallas@eurecna.it
EU Task Manager: RoulaAbbas
The expert will report to: MaggyGrabundzija
Project: “GENDER EQUITY AND EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN IN LEBANON” Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Expert: To Be Selected Position: Senior Non-Key Expert on study on an advocacy campaign
Period: September  2016 Man-Women/days: 20 days

 

 

background
The EU funded project on Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women in Lebanon aims to improve mainstreaming of the gender dimension at policy and sector levels in Lebanon by strengthening the National Commission of Lebanese Women’s internal governance towards effective fulfilment of its mandate, to create effective coordination and networking mechanisms with State and non-State actions and to improve media outreach and advocacy.

The assignment is part of the Component 2, activity 2.2, create effective coordination and networking mechanism. The GEEWL is aiming at supporting the NCLW to enhance the civil society to advocate for quota system. In order to reach its objective, an advocacy study is required. In fact it is foreseen that the parliamentary elections will take place in May 2017. Several coordination meetings are already organised with the civil society, under the leadership of the NCWL, in order to encourage the participation of women in the upcoming parliamentarian elections. The advocacy for quota system for women has been identified as being one of the priorities actions in order to support women participation in politics in Lebanon.

There is a literature related to quota system for women in Lebanon. However, the literatureidentifiesobstacles for women participation in the political sphere, suggests mechanisms to implement quota system andprovide simulation ofthe implementation of specific quota system. However, no study has been designed and could gather the different actors advocating for the quota system behind a unified message. In addition, till today some actors of the civil society, among them feminists, are reluctant to call for the implementation of the quota system.

Thus, it is requested to the expert to carry out an advocacy campaign study which will aim at addressing those different issues as per identified.In addition, discussions are taking placeon the electoral law and the expert will review the different suggestions on discussed related to the different options suggests. Finally, the study on advocacy campaign will be the document of reference of the advocacy campaign on quota system for women in politics that the civil society will carry out.

 

Scope of the Work
 

The appointed expert will be required to undertake anadvocacy campaign study on quota system for women in Lebanon.

 

The study should include:

 

–    Answers to the following questions: Why quota system is necessary to enhance women participation in political sphere? Why do we need the quota system for women in political system in Lebanon? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the quota system for women in politics in Lebanon? What is the appropriate quota system for women in Lebanon?

–    Identification of messages forthe civil society to advocatewith regard to  the quota system for women in politics.

–    Identification of a coordination mechanism among  the civil society organisations to carry out an  advocacy campaign on quota system for women in politics in Lebanon.

 

 

Methodology
 

The Expert will apply the following methodology to carry out the study:

 

1.        Review the literature related to the quota system for women in Lebanon, including but not limited to the studies conducted on women participation in the last municipalities elections (May 2016).

2.        Organise consultation meetings with CSOs and other stakeholders working on advocating for the quota system to enhance the role of women in Lebanon in the political sphere.

3.        Hold meetings with members of the parliamentarian committees responsible for reviewing the electoral law to enhance women participation in political sphere.

4.        Design advocacy messages that foster the advocacy campaign which will be conducted by the civil society organisations on the quota system for women in politics and identify the coordination mechanism among  civil society organisations to carry out the advocacy campaign on the quota system for women in Lebanon.

5.        Design and discuss aformat for the study with the GEEWL Team Leader and the NCLW.

6.        Share and discuss the findings of the advocacy messages with a group of experts’ specialists of quotas system for women in Lebanon (identified by the GEEWL and the NCLW).

7.        Organise a workshop with the CSOs to discuss and validate the advocacy messages proposed inthe study.

8.        Elaboratea study on anadvocacy campaign with recommendations related to the importance of the quota system for women in politics, messages that the civil society could carry out and a mechanism of coordination of the civil society.

 

Outputs Requested
1.        A detailed work plan of the mission to be agreed with theTeam Leader of the GEEWL and the NCLW.

2.        Produce a detailed advocacy campaign study of maximum 25 pages.

 

Timeline
The assignment is expected to take place in the period September 2016 (20 working days) as per the below timeline:
Action
Days
1.        Literature review (3days)
3 days: day 1,2,3.
2.        Meetings with the organisations involved in the field of women in politics(3 days)
3 days: 4, 5, 6.
3.        Presentation of the study results with a group of experts (1 day)
1 day: 7.
4.        Organisation and facilitation of a workshop targeting the civil society (1.5 days)
1.5 day: 8.5.
5.        Study writing (11 days)
11 days: 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5, 14.5, 15.5, 16.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5.
6.        Presentations of the study to the NCLW (0.5 day)
0.5 day:20.

 

 

Contents of the Assignment
Project Work Plan – Component 2:
Activity 2.2: Create effective networking
Qualifications and Skills requested for the position
1.        Master’s Degree in gender studies fields, law and political sciencesorsocial studies.
2.        Excellent written communication skills in English.
3.        Excellent and effective communication skills.
4.        Knowledge of Arabic is a requirement.
General experience
1.        Minimum of 8years work experience in advocacy and lobbying in gender issues.
2.        Minimum of 3 years of experience in conducting studies on advocacy related issues.
3.        At least 3 years’ experience in advocacy in women participation in political sphere.
Specific experience
1.        Minimum of one work experience on electoral laws and quota system.

 

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*Updated infographic with the numbers of AKKAR and the numbers of candidates in Lebanon .(June 2 2016)

I am pleased to share with you , the beautiful Info graphic Map that was posted on NCLW Facebook page.  NCLW clarifies that this Map is indicative, and still need to add to it the results of Akkar. The aim of this map is to help visualise and understand the trends related to women participation in local governance (MUNICIPAL COUNCILS)  and have a pre-look at  the results while waiting for the official data on the number of winning women by the Ministry of Interior.

preliminary results show that in 2016,  599 women won in the Municipal Elections, whereas in 2010 520 women won.

as for candidates the counting shows that in 2016 1342 women were candidate in comparison in 2010: 1080 women were candidate.

the number is small , to compare, but I am sure that many factors might be interesting to analyse to see why women didn’t win more seats.

Presentation1 ELECTIONS

599 women won seats in Lebanese municipalities , 1342 were candidates in 2016

” As Data is key to lessons, NCLW team has worked on the documents related to the results of Municipal Elections of 2016 published by the Ministry of interior. The NCLW team has counted the number of women who won and the names of the women who didn’t in each Kada’. This basic counting is based on the name of the candidate, whether it is a name for a women or a men. Notice1 : the uncertain names were not counted in the results of 2016!

Notice 2: Akkar Results are not counted in these numbers, NCLW Team is waiting for their release by the ministry of Interior. This Infographic will be updated as soon as NCLW Team count the Akkar women Candidates * (this was done and new info is above)v 

Also, and based on CEDAW report , a comparison with the Municipal Elections of 2010 numbers is possible. NCLW Social Media Team is happy to share with you this in house created Infographic! while waiting for the official results , Congrats to Each Women who Won a Seat in a Municipality!”

 

Youpiii!!!!

Rita Chemaly

 

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Many campaigns were led in Lebanon prior to the municipal elections, the aim is to see if they had an impact on women being candidates in their localities and if citizens voted for Women.

Today I wish to shed light in this post on the Women who won the municipal elections and their numbers in each Directorate in Lebanon !!

Mount Lebanon has good results without the quota system! It Appears that in Metn till now the number of women winners is the highest. (57 women won the elections) , while waiting confirmation from the ministry) ,  I am sure that in  6 years, we might have better results if a quota system is used in the electoral law! in Beirut a Women had the highest score of voters! that is a great news!

As for how many women won in each Directorate/kada2, here is a sneak peak to some basic name counting*:  In my hometown Keserwan/Mount Lebanon:  28 women won (Achkout and Ajaltoun   we have great women in the Municipalities!!Rima Malek will rock ajaltoun! ) in Keserwan 41 women didn’t win, the total number of women candidate is 69 and the uncertain names * is 32. In Metn: 57 women won! won of them in Sinel FIl is Z vicky who did a great job on the Women in Municipalities project, 44 women’s name are listed as not winners, 😦   As for Jbeil  24women won , 28 women didn’t win 😦 , Total of women candidates 52 and the uncertain names are 26. in the  Chouf: Mount Lebanon 43 women won ( we have one Cousine there!! yey!!!, let us see what they will implement in the region!!) , 58 women are listed as not winners, the total number of candidates is  101 and we have 10 uncertain names. For Aley: /Mount Lebanon: 35 women are listed as winners,  34 women are listed as not winners , and we have counted 12 uncertain name.  total number of candidates 69. In baabda, 39 women’s are listed as winners! 46 not!

Here is the copy of the table posted on FB by NCLW:

Basic first counting of women winners in each of the results documents published by the ministry of interior

Basic first counting of women winners in each of the results documents published by the ministry of interior

*my colleagues at Nclw team have passed through the detailed results excel sheets as they have been published on the elections.gov.lb page  and counted as a first exercise the names of all the women in them. Noting that uncertain names were not counted in those who won or lost.  the uncertain names are the one such as “nidal” ” claude” “Michele” “andreh” “douha” “gaby”….. in arabic this might be for a women or a men name! 🙂 we might have more winning or just women candidates in those uncertain names! more to come soon!!! While waiting for the official stats and numbers  by the ministry and the UNDP leap team!

Also , I am so please to see that on Women in Front Facebook Page a great initiative is taking place:  tagging all the women winners in municipalities! that will create easily a great network for them!! thumbs up!

here is a collage I had fun creating it using what I saw online and  showing some of the municipalities and the great Women who won in Them!  Kuddos to all !

 

women winners collage municipal local elections lebanon rita chemaly 2016

Collage of Women Winners in Local Councils in Lebanon 2016 * credit fb screenshots! hehe 

Women Power!!:-)

Rita Chemaly

rita chemaly women and gender right activist Lebanon

During one Event held in 2016 aiming at encouraging women to be candidate in the elections!

 

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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR NON-KEYEXPERTSASSIGNMENT

Project:            “GENDER EQUITY AND EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN IN LEBANON”

Location:         Beirut, Lebanon (NCLW offices in Hazmeih)

Expert: To Be Selected

Position:          Senior Non KeyExpert – Gender indicators

Period: May –June 2016

Mandatory/days:        25 working days

 

TEAM AND REPORTING LINES

Project Director:         Mario Costariol           costariol@eurecna.it

Team Leader:  Maggy Grabundzija    maggy.grabundzija@geewl.eu

Project Manager:        Diana Casallas            casallas@eurecna.it

EU Task Manager:      RoulaAbbas

The expert will report to: Maggy Grabundzija

 

BACKGROUND

The EU funded project on Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women in Lebanon aims to improve mainstreaming of the gender dimension at policy and sector levels in Lebanon by strengthening the National Commission of Lebanese Women’s internal governance towards effective fulfilment of its mandate, to create effective coordination and networking mechanisms with State and non-State actors and to improve media outreach and advocacy.

The mission aims at improving the set of gender indicators aimed at better monitoring and measuring trends related to gender equality in Lebanon. The project will facilitate the collaboration of NCLW with ESCWA and the Statistical Bureau in developing a national framework for developing national gender statistics related to MDGs and UN minimum set of gender indicators. The framework is a matrix of detailed gender disaggregated data that are available but some of it are not counted and not made available. The expert should make sure that this framework gives accurate, up-to-date picture about gender gaps in specific domains such as poverty, economy, education and literacy, health, decision-making and political participation, and violence against women.

The national framework includes collectedand published quantitative and qualitative gender disaggregated data, their sources, dates, availability, and their updatingthat are used as gender sensitive indicators to show the macro picture of the situation of women compared to men in agreed upon domains by all countries. The national framework will be used by NCLW in providing all clients (ministries, NGOs, universities) with these gender disaggregated indicators to assist them in their work and research.

CONTENTS OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Project Work Plan – Component II: Create effective coordination and networking mechanisms with state and non-state actors

Activity 2.1: Strengthening the capacity of the NCLW’s to coordinate national data collection for monitoring government policies and commitments to gender equity

The project will help NCLW in facilitating the compilation of a framework on minimum set of gender indicators that will help in monitoring the progress in gender equality and the collection of gender-disaggregated data and its updating. The choice of these internationally recognized indicators should address key policy concerns as identified in the Beijing Platform for Action and other important international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals.  The indicators will facilitate measuring trends and also comparisons among the different countries. The framework will cover gender disaggregated statistics on poverty, economy, education and literacy, health, decision-making and political participation and violence against women.

 

SCOPE OF THE WORK

 

The appointed expert will be required to undertake the following tasks:

  1. A detailed work plan of the STE discussed and approved by team leader and NCLW
  2. Map gender indicators and segregated data in Lebanon in the domains of women’s economic activities and access to resources, education, health, public life and decision-making, human rights of women including violence against women and gender based violence and identify gaps in gender indicators and data collections in (Activity 2.1):
  3. Undertaking a desk research on availability of sex-disaggregated data (surveys, census, administrative records, etc.)
  4. Conducting interviews with main stakeholders working in data collections and gender indicators such as the Central Administration for Statistics (CAS), the different ministries, in addition to the UNESCWA and other UN agencies
  5. Complete the national framework of gender statistics and indicators including the UN minimum set of gender indicators. Activity 2.1
  6. Suggest system of unification of gender indicators for updating the UN Gender Index indicators in Lebanon including determining the gender indicators in need of improvement in terms of data collection/classification, the frequency of data update for each indicator and sub-indicators. Each indicator will depend on different sources and therefore the updating of all indicators has to be synchronized. The plan will suggest when the majority of indicators will be updated and identify a coordination mechanism on sharing gender data and indicators with the main stakeholders Activity 2.1
  7. Prepare and deliver a training workshop for NCLW and GFP and NGOs(2 days) on gender sensitive indicators and their regular updating–

 

METHODOLOGY

The Expert will apply the following methodology:

  1. Collection from secondary sources and analysis of national data and statistics – gap identification.
  2. Organise at least 3 meetings with ESCWA statistical department and other UN agencies, the Central Administration for Statistics (CAS) of Lebanon
  3. Prepare a schedule of meetings with relevant ministries, universities and NGOs working on gender related statistics
  4. Prepare curriculum for training on gender sensitive indicators
  5. Provide one training workshop to NCLW and GFPs and NGOs (20 trainees) on gender sensitive indicators and their updating

 

 

OUTPUTS REQUESTED

  1. Detailed work plan for the Mission to be approved by Team Leader and NCLW.
  2. An analytical report on available and missing sex disaggregated data in Lebanon with regard to poverty, economy, education, health, decision-making and political participation and violence against women, that will be used in the National statistical framework
  3. Compile gender sensitive statistics on indicators in the national statistical framework  which is a large matrix that includes collected  gender disaggregated data, their sources, dates, availability, and their updating that are used  to show the macro picture of the situation of women compared to men in Lebanon in economic, political, education, health and human rights (violence) domains.
  4. A report on updating the UN minimum set of gender indicators.
  5. 2/day training workshop for NCLW staff, NGOs and gender focal points (20 trainees) on gender sensitive indicators
  6. Suggest a mechanism of coordination for gender indicators and data
  7. Mission report and presentation to NCLW.

 

TIMELINE

The assignment is expected to take place in the period between May – June 2016 (25 working days) as per the below timeline:

Action  Days

  1. Analytical Report on available national sex disaggregated data (10 working days) 10 days: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.
  2. National gender disaggregated statistical framework and updated UN minimum set of gender indicators with an updating plan(11 days) 11days: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,18, 19, 20, 21
  3. Preparation of curriculum and delivery of training on gender sensitive indicators and their updating (3 days)
  4. Mission report and presentation to NCLW (1 day) 3 days:  22, 23, 24

1 day: 25

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLSREQUESTED FOR THE POSITION

  1. Minimum Master’s degree in statistics, economics or related field
  2. Strong statistical and IT skills
  3. Excellent knowledge of English and Arabic(spoken and written)
  4. Knowledge of French is an asset

GENERAL EXPERIENCE

  1. Minimum of 10 years work experience in the field of statistics and indicators
  2. Minimum of 2 years work experience in statistical packages software
  3. At least3 years of experience in the field of gender statistics or indicators

 

GENERAL EXPERIENCE

  1. Minimum of ten years work experience in the field of statistics and indicators
  2. Minimum of 2 years work experience in the field of sex disaggregated statistics and gender indicators.
  3. Excellent writing skills in English.
  4. Previous work experience with the Lebanese Statistical Bureau.

 

SPECIFICEXPERIENCE

  1. Three years’ experience in delivering training related to gender sensitive statistics or indicators
  2. A minimum of five years work experience in developing surveys and questionnaires designs
  3. Work experience of two years in Lebanon in a gender and development related field is an asset

To apply kindly send an email to Project Manager:  Diana Casallas            casallas@eurecna.it

 

Good luck Rita Chemaly

 

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The National Commission for Lebanese Women, that is a National machinery affiliated to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers , has prepared a Draft law aiming at Helping Women to be Candidates and Win the elections for the municipalities.

The municipalities elections in Lebanon are a family and neighbors issue. The Women who want to be candidate needs to be registered as a condition in the registry of the Municipality. “sejjel kayd”.

The discrimination appears in article 25, of the current Municipality law, in which a Women will loose all her links to the family, and networks that she has created in her municipality of origins ” sejil kaydiha el assassi”  if she gets married, as she is directly and without asking taken down from the registry of origin and enlisted in the registry of her “Husband”.

For me, it is a PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY in which a Women is the PROPRIETY of her FATHER until Marriage, after MARRIAGE, SHE IS THE PROPRIETY OF HER HUSBAND;

regardless my point of view of how the laws in LEBANON discriminate against women in the texts and make her directly affiliated to a MAN (the father or husband) , the new draft law is  a new step forward for women’s rights in Lebanon. this is done through this draft law amendment registered at the Parliament by the Active MP Ghassan Mukahiber, on the 11/4/2016 under registry number 168/2016,

as a Practical example, I as a married women from Achkout/Kesrwan , can be candidate after my marriage in Achkout if I wish ! Because in the Municipality of my Husband which is Deir Dourit/Chouf, no one have ever heard of me! 🙂 unlike Achkout, where all my activism, links, are tight 🙂

apart from this personal example, and for this,

 I am now asking ALL MPS (the reconducted oops! ) (another polemique here hein? ) to LEGIFERATE and VOTE and ratify this NEW amendment PRIOR TO THE 2016 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS!

WE AS WOMEN need IT!!!!  WE still fight for our rights in municipalities : a change of the law is a must!

Rita Chemaly

here is the text of the law amendment as presented to the parliament by Ghassan Mokhaiber.

here is the link to the Press release covered by our National News Agency! http://nna-leb.gov.lb/ar/show-news/216377/ 

 

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To all the blog readers wanting to know what the national machinery in Lebanon is working on regarding to Women’s rights in lebanon, here is the Annual Report dated December 2014 covering all the components from LAWS to Circulars, with clear details regarding the discrimination faced by women . Also, the networking happening between the NCLW and the CSOs as well as the International agencies is clear!!

the report is in 2 languages!!!

Rita Chemaly!!

Women in Lebanon will one day be Free of ALL kind of Discriminations thanks to the efforts of ALL!!!

 

NCLW Annual Report 2014 copy reducedNCLW Annual Report 2014 english and arabic

 

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This picture of Georges Clooney is going viral but even for a fun campaign some basic requirements/ conditions are not met: Clooney is the husband of a lebanese woman but because of the nationality law dating of 1925 can’t be lebanese as Amal alameddine can’t transmit her nationality to her hsuband as per lebanese law!!!

Aha again shedding lights on the biggest discrimination facing lebanese woman.

So georges help fight to amend this patriarchal law for lebanese women to be able to transmit their basic rights for their husbands and children!!!

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ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender Equality produced this wonderful short movie in which Syrian refugee  that are women, men and a little girl tell us about their hope of building a future of Peace!

I was moved by this short movie, and especially by the positive messages sent from all those brave women and this little girl who raised at the end a beautiful wish of seeing her grandma in a safer place! 

Refugees in Lebanon numerous, their life is super difficult eventhough many where hosted by their family members of extended family. This short movie highlights their hopes! 

Kuddos to Abaad Team!

Rita

Rita Chemaly

#IWD #IWD2016  

 “When fear and security determine the future”
“When the pen becomes the weapon for reconstruction”
“When the smile becomes a message of hope and peace”
“Voices against all odds”

Syrian refugee women and men in Lebanon raise their voices against alienation, fear, and violence, as they share their hopes and determination to build a safe future.

A short video by ABAAD about the experiences, hopes, and aspirations of Syrian refugees released on the occasion of International Women’s Day,
and marking five years since the beginning of the Syrian crisis which has had numerous repercussions on women, girls and men refugees in Lebanon

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ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender Equality

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#IWD2016, everywhere people are taking the #PledgeForParity , I can’t do it….

daily what I , as a young woman in Lebanon is Living is hell:

usually the top priorities are for me to Campaign for Women of my country to BE ABLE TO TRANSMIT THEIR NATIONALITY to their husbands and CHILDREN.

Usually the top priority is for me to scream :WE AS WOMEN need to have full equality in Marriage, divorce, adoption, INHERITANCE (which we don’t or because of our Rotten Personal status laws, or because of Practices aiming to prefer a boy to a girl , a brother on his sister, a man over with wife.)!

Usually my top priority for #IWD is for me to campaign for what typical women’s right movement in Lebanon has usually campaigned for ” Women in Politics”, “Women in leading positions”

What I am Campaigning for today , ON #IWD2016 and after almost a year living in the GARBAGE is for a CLEAN ENVIRONMENT IN LEBANON. #Planet5050 but for #Lebanon!

Do you know that we (women, men, children, elder) live in a river of garbage?

Pollution has eaten our WATER, pollution has eaten parts of our LUNGS, pollution made by US, HUMAN BEINGS IN LEBANON has turned what used to be ” the green Lebanon” to a GARBAGE BIN.

Today I will be busy campaigning for Women to have a leading role in Municipalities , as you may all know by now, it seems that the elections for the municipal councils in Lebanon are on May 2016.

The TOP priority of all Counciles should be an ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTION to the garbage CRISIS.

it is not possible for children to all be sick for more than months, it is not possible for elder people in Lebanon to all have oxygen all the time now!

we need SOLUTIONS that are ENVIRONMENTAL FOR GARBAGE that is polluting our AIR, ATMOSPHERE, WATER, and Health!!!!! Solutions made by ALL SEGMENTS OF A SOCIETY WOMEN AND MEN.

Again, as stated in november 2015 , I repeat the Same Scream from LEBANON:

SOS big SOS an environmental / HEALTHY PUBLIC Policy is NEEDED NOW!!! Garbage is polluting air, water, underground water, streets….!!! Reducing Reusing and Recycling is a step, what is else needed?!!! Women with a clear Environmental vision and a Will to implement ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS?!?!!

LET’S DO IT!!!!

HAPPY  INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY #IWD #IWD2016 #IWDLEBANON

IWD2016 GARBAGE CRISIS ENVIRONMENT LEBANON CHEMALY RITA

 

#طلعت_ريحتكم
#مستمرون
#بدنا_نحاسب
#حلوا_عنا
#كلن_يعني_كلن

 

Rita Chemaly

 

 

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Hier, j’ai recu par mail, une alerte concernant le remaniement ministeriel en France. Aujourd’hui en lisant l’article de liberation l’information se confirme. Je croyais que la France est un pays ou le feminisme a reussi a faire des progres sur le plan des mentalites patriarchales. Et bien non, avec le #remaniement ministeriel d’Hollande, le role des femmes a ete reconfine et  accole aux taches de femme “epouse” et de mere “la maman”.

Hmm… je pense  que le remaniement ministeriel est incomplet: le remaniement a rattache  le droit des femmes a celui de famille et des enfants, ils ont oublie aussi de rajouter un titre au ministere: taches menageres! La Totale !

Je suis libanaise, une societe ou  “feminisme” “distribution des roles au sein du foyer” ne sont pas toujours les bienvenus. Oui chez nous les stereotypes de tous genres sont ancres. Je vis constamment sous les doigts de ceux qui essayent de me coller l’etiquette de “maman”a tout va. Pire on essaye aussi de me coller une autre etiquette celle tres connue de “sett beyt” en libanais, l’expression veut dire la dame de la maison celle qui gere la famille et la maison. hmm laissez moi preciser: celle qui garde le foyer propre , qui cuisine pour son homme et son enfant qui ne devrait parler que de chiffons avec ses amies lors des sobhiyis. Et bien du tout, je fais la sourde oreille quand on me parle de la sorte, pire quand au Liban on m’appelle avec le nom du Mari. Car on pert notre nom en se mariant, on devient l’objet de la famille, des enfants, et de l’Epoux.

Bon, au Liban la route vers une quelquonque egalite est tres longue  , mais  en France retourner en arriere sur des aquis est une honte, une sorte de claque a tous les efforts des feministes!

A bas les stereotypes! Think out of the Box!

Rita Chemaly

femme-menage-homme stereotype

Photo stereotype prise de Marie Claire 

ci dessous le copier colle du mail que j’ai recu:

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE du 11 FEVRIER 2016
de Danielle BOUSQUET, Chantal JOUANNO et Pascale VION

Remaniement ministériel:
Associer les droits des femmes à la famille et à l’enfance
suscite de sérieuses préoccupations

Parité au nouveau Gouvernement : nous nous en félicitons. Mais, mettre sous un même Ministère « la famille, l’enfance et les droits des femmes », n’est-ce pas enfermer les femmes dans le rôle stéréotypé qui leur est assigné depuis des siècles : celui d’épouse et de mère ?

La formulation et le périmètre de ce Ministère sont d’autant plus déconcertants que, depuis 4 ans, les avancées en matière d’égalité femmes-hommes sont incontestables. La Loi sur l’égalité réelle du 4 août 2014 avait, en effet, consacré l’enracinement de l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes dans toutes les politiques publiques. Pour autant, tellement d’inégalités perdurent.

A cette aune-là, nous nous interrogeons sur le périmètre du Secrétariat d’Etat chargé de l’égalité réelle. Nous attendons des clarifications et des assurances du Gouvernement quant à son engagement en matière de droits des femmes et d’égalité entre les sexes.

Danielle BOUSQUET, Présidente du Haut Conseil à l’Egalité entre les femmes et les hommes,
Chantal JOUANNO,  Présidente de la Délégation aux droits des femmes et à l’égalité du Sénat
Pascale VION, Présidente de la Délégation aux droits des femmes et à l’égalité du CESE

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The Global Fund for Women have released the #DETERMINED campaign, in which the stories of women are told. All of these stories are part of “a powerful collective effort to create lasting change—a movement for women’s human rights.” To know more about what is a Movement? Check the beautiful Infographic Below!!!

Rita Chemaly movement  Global fund for women Rita Chemaly Lebanon GFW

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What is the Right that I miss the most as a Lebanese Women? This is the question I as a women rights activist is always asked, and my answer is Clear:  the Right to transmit my Nationality to my Children is THE Right we need to work on in Priority.

As a Women, the nationality law that dates from 1925  in Lebanon still prohibits Lebanese women married to foreigners from granting their nationality to their husband and children. 2704-salma-hayek-gibran_ Nationalite femme libanaise droit rita chemaly

the Article 1 of the 1925 Nationality Law states that citizenship is granted to those born of Lebanese fathers only. Not Lebanese Mothers. The implication is dreadful for Lebanese women and mothers: Children born of Lebanese mothers are not granted citizenship in Lebanon. that means no Lebanese passport, No lebanese social security, No access to Public schools, no access to Lebanese universities, no Access to Lebanese jobs protected by Syndicates…. In addition to all that a new Law passed in November 2015 in the Lebanese parliament, granting the  expatriates who have male ancestors only to get Lebanese Citizenship. Even the Constitutional Council wasn’t able to reject such a law that clearly violates the principle of equality between men and women enshrined in Article 7 of the Lebanese Constitution. (Read more about the rejection of annulment of such a discriminating law here)
Citizenship in Lebanon is based on ancestry from the FATHER /Men Side only,  not where one is born. In my opinion this is a  discrimination showing how Lebanon is a patriarchal society !

Today I read that Salma Hayek the Hollywood famous actress with Lebanese origins have clearly highlighted that women in Lebanon need to be able to TRANSMIT Their Nationality to their Children. True!! if as activists and lobbyist and advocates our voice is not heard by our elected Members of Parliament, maybe the voice of a Hollywood actress is more Powerful??? They can hear her voice easily???

Il faut noter que Shakira est d’origine libanaise, Salma Hayek Aussi, … mais la nationalite ne peut leur etre octroyee car elles sont des femmes, d’origine libanaise. Mika aussi  est d’origine libanaise par sa mere non??? donc il n’y a pas droit non plus! On le cree ce Lobby d’Acteurs et actrices et chanteurs pour demander ce Droit Primordial pour Nous Libanais et Libanaises???

Rita Chemaly

below are some of the links and article I wrote previously in English , french or Arabic  about this issue:

Lebanese women not satisfied with second class

Cartographie des discriminations qui atteignent les femmes au Liban 

Le Dossier que j’ai prepare sur la Nationalite pour le Magazine

Les femmes libanaises insistent pour transmettre leur nationalite a leur famille 

Transmitting the Nationality in Lebanon is only for Men

Patriarchy and discrimination against women should not prevail Lebanese women should have the right to transmit their nationality

La nationalite a ceux qui sont d’origine libanaise … aux hommes pas aux femmes!

je reve : je suis libanaise de 2nde classe?

Kindly note that in this blog, I featured more than 20 articles and short movie and covered plenty of protests and street movments about this issue. they are all featured under this tag: Nationality tag ; Discrimination tagwomen rights tag

 

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1- Researcher for Gulf Team:

The Middle East and North Africa Programme at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International is seeking to appoint a dynamic, team oriented person to the role of Iraq Researcher in the Gulf team.

“ABOUT THE JOB:
As a research-based campaigning organization, investigating and documenting human rights issues is fundamental to our advocacy and lobbying work. Our Gulf team requires a researcher to take the lead in initiating human rights research and action by providing regional and thematic expertise, excellent research skills and sound political judgement. A campaign oriented approach to your work is essential. You will be required to conduct and co-ordinate research activities, monitor, investigate and analyse political, legal and social developments and human rights conditions, give authoritative advice on these areas and prepare human rights action materials.

ABOUT YOU:
With experience of working on human rights issues, you must have specialist knowledge and preferably first hand experience of the Gulf region in particular Iraq and an understanding and awareness of the cultures of the Gulf region. You’ll have a background in activism, academia, law or journalism with the ability to identify and thoroughly investigate those issues and ensure our voice has authority. You will need proven research and communication skills, impartial political judgement, coupled with strong strategic thought. Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills, is essential, as is the ability to speak and read Arabic fluently. ”

here is the source for the opening : https://careers.amnesty.org/vacancy/researcher—gulf-team-1332/1358/description/ 

Here are more details appearing on the page about this specific opening

  • Closing Date: 17 January 2016
  • Directorate: Research
  • Location: London
  • Type: Fixed Term Contract
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Working Hours: 35
  • Salary: £43,200

to download the full TOR of the researcher job file:Researcher – Gulf Team amnesty international

2- Gender sexuality and identity – PROGRAMME DIRECTOR (1371)

“Whatever a person’s gender, sexuality, race, religion or any other identity tag, no-one should be discriminated against on the basis of who they are. No one should have their rights violated because of their identity, or because they defend the human rights of others. That’s why we’re committed to ending human rights abuses on the basis of identity, and ending the prejudice and discrimination that fuel such abuses. It’s pioneering work – and it’ll be down to you to lead the way. 

About the role
In this highly influential role, you’ll shape and develop our strategies, policies, research and advocacy on gender, sexual orientation and other forms of identity-based discrimination – making us the recognised authority on human rights abuses grounded in such discrimination. Doing this successfully means working with people across Amnesty International (AI), strengthening our research methodologies and managing a team of dedicated staff as they advise us on how to how to research, advocate and campaign on equal rights. It will involve raising awareness, enabling staff to play their roles and generating external debate. As well as writing incisive analyses, reports and briefings, you’ll represent AI to the media and to policy makers. You’ll also manage a significant budget and develop a coherent and effective operational plan. More than that, you’ll keep up to date with emerging political, academic and human rights trends to better support those who are standing up to perpetrators of human rights violations throughout the world. Even more importantly, you will yourself be an important thought leader or entrepreneur in this area of work.

About you
An experienced human rights leader, you’ll have an impressive record of researching for advocacy and carrying out intersectional analyses of discrimination in relation to human rights. You’ll have a proven record of work and scholarship in identity-based discrimination. You’ll need specialist knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law and a proven ability to inspire and motivate those around you. With practiced relationship-building and strategic planning abilities, you’ll be adept at successfully managing people and resources. You’ll also have shown your ability to write for a variety of publications and have the credibility, communication skills and political judgement to represent AI externally. A strong team player, you’ll be committed to working collaboratively and be passionate about ending identity-based human rights violations.”

here is the source of the opening: https://careers.amnesty.org/vacancy/gender-sexuality-and-identity—programme-director-1371/1397/description/

3 – finally a post that is for the BEIRUT Office: Regional Director  MENA: (1388)

“THE CONTEXT

Amnesty International has embarked on a global transition programme to ensure a more impactful and truly global presence for the movement. A movement that acts with greater legitimacy, speed, capacity and relevance as we stand alongside those whose rights are violated. We are adapting to a changing world by building on Amnesty International’s 50+ years of ground-breaking achievements for justice and freedom. We believe that by deepening our work in new global offices, including in the global South, we will be even more in line with our mission and core values. Our activists and staff around the world will have increased direct and indirect contact with defenders, partners and human rights violations in different parts of the world with our IS staff “closer to the ground”. As we build significant membership in the South, we will see international solidarity and democratic decision-making in full bloom.

In the past two years we have opened Regional Offices in Dakar, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Mexico City – and now we are expanding our presence further. Over the next year we will establish new operations in Bangkok, Tunis, Beirut with other locations to come.

ABOUT THE BEIRUT REGIONAL DIRECTOR ROLE
Our Beirut office will tackle a host of diverse human rights issues in the region. As Regional Director and leader of our presence in the region, we will look to you to develop and adapt our global strategies within the region. You will lead a multifunctional team to develop and deliver effective research, campaigns, communications, growth and fundraising plans. So you will need to create a culture of collaboration and integration as you establish the office, support your staff and take accountability for managing resources and increasing the impact of our work. At the same time, you will be guaranteeing that your team retain all that is distinctive about Amnesty including our values & beliefs, our global identity, coherence and consistency, our independence and impartiality and the centrality of the individual.

ABOUT YOU
A politically astute, experienced, inspirational and resilient leader, you will bring your expert knowledge and experience as a leader capable of influencing the direction of Amnesty International’s impact within the region. You will have a sound knowledge of regional political and social contexts that comes from living and working in the region; with knowledge of international human rights law and regional human rights frameworks you will have a balance with your awareness of membership and constituency building, fundraising and media visibility within the region. You’ll be a strategic thinker who can create plans, manage staff directly and in a global matrix, allocate resources and maintain a strong network of government, NGO and media contacts. So you’ll have the communication, presentation and advocacy skills needed to represent AI to a variety of audiences, along with the credibility to influence them and effect positive change.

ABOUT US
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world and have:

  • more than 2 million members and supporters who drive forward our fight for rights
  • more than 5 million activists who strengthen our calls for justice

Our aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, fairness, freedom and truth wherever they’re denied. And whether we’re applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations or online campaigning, we’re all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere. We can only do this because of the generous donations from millions of people around the world.

FREEDOM, JUSTICE, EQUALITY – LET’S GET TO WORK.

LE CONTEXTE

Amnesty International s’est engagée dans un programme mondial de transition, afin d’assurer une présence plus efficace et véritablement mondiale du mouvement. Un mouvement qui a renforcé sa légitimité, sa rapidité, sa capacité et la pertinence de ses actions auprès des victimes de violations des droits humains. Amnesty International s’adapte à un monde en évolution en s’appuyant sur plus de 50 ans d’avancées majeures en faveur de la justice et de la liberté. Nous sommes convaincus qu’en accentuant notre travail dans de nouveaux bureaux à travers le monde, notamment dans les pays du Sud mondial, nous serons encore davantage en accord avec notre mission et nos valeurs fondamentales. Partout dans le monde, avec un personnel du SI « plus près de terrain », nos militants et les membres de nos équipes auront davantage de contacts directs et indirects avec les défenseurs des droits humains, avec nos partenaires et avec les personnes qui ont été victimes d’atteintes à leurs droits fondamentaux. En recrutant dans les pays du Sud un nombre significatif de membres, nous verrons s’épanouir la solidarité internationale et les processus décisionnels démocratiques.

Lors des deux dernières années, nous avons ouvert des bureaux régionaux à Dakar, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong et Mexico – et nous continuons d’étendre notre présence. Au cours des prochaines années, nous mènerons de nouvelles actions à Bangkok, Tunis, Beyrouth et dans d’autres endroits à venir.

RÔLEDU DIRECTEUR RÉGIONAL DE BEYROUTH
Notre bureau de Beyrouth se focalisera sur de nombreuses questions liées aux droits humains dans la région. En tant que directeur ou directrice régional-e et responsable de notre mouvement dans la région, nous compterons sur vous pour développer et adapter nos stratégies mondiales dans la région. Vous dirigerez une équipe multidisciplinaire dans le but d’élaborer et de réaliser des travaux de recherche efficaces, des campagnes, des communications ainsi que des plans de croissance et de collecte de fonds. Lors de la mise en place du bureau, vous devrez donc développer une culture de collaboration et d’intégration, et soutenir votre équipe. Vous serez responsable de la gestion des ressources et de la maximisation de notre impact. Dans le même temps, vous veillerez à ce que votre équipe ne perde pas de vue les caractéristiques propres d’Amnesty, notamment nos valeurs et nos convictions, notre identité mondiale, notre cohérence et notre constance, notre indépendance, notre impartialité et le caractère central que nous conférons à l’individu.

VOTRE PROFIL
Avec l’intelligence politique qui est la vôtre, avec votre expérience, votre caractère mobilisateur et votre résistance, vous tirerez profit de votre expertise et de vos compétences à la tête d’une équipe pour accroître l’impact d’Amnesty International dans la région. Vous disposez d’une solide connaissance du contexte politique et social de la région, acquise en vivant et en travaillant sur place. Vous êtes au fait du droit international en matière de droits humains et des cadres régionaux relatifs aux droits humains. Vous faites également preuve de connaissances en matière de recrutement de membres, de recherche de soutiens, de collecte de fonds et de visibilité médiatique dans la région. Vous avez des capacités de réflexion stratégique et êtes capable d’élaborer des plans, de gérer une équipe tant directement que dans le cadre d’une structure mondiale, de répartir des ressources et d’entretenir un solide réseau de contacts au sein du gouvernement, d’ONG et des médias. Vous disposez donc des compétences nécessaires en matière de communication, de présentation et de travail de pression pour représenter Amnesty International auprès de publics variés. Vous jouissez également de la crédibilité suffisante pour avoir une influence sur ces publics et les orienter vers un changement positif.

À PROPOS DE NOUS
Amnesty International est un mouvement mondial réunissant plus de sept millions de personnes qui agissent pour que les droits fondamentaux de chaque individu soient respectés. Nous touchons presque tous les pays du monde et nous comptons : 

  • plus de 2 millions de membres et sympathisants qui font avancer notre lutte en faveur des droits
  • plus de 5 millions de militants qui renforcent nos appels à la justice

Notre objectif est simple : mettre fin aux violations des droits humains. Indépendante, internationale et influente, notre organisation se bat pour la justice, l’équité, la liberté et la vérité partout où elles sont bafouées. Que nous nous engagions en menant d’importantes recherches, par un travail de pression directe, en organisant des manifestations de masse ou des campagnes en ligne, nous sommes tous poussés par l’espoir d’un monde meilleur. Un monde où les droits humains seraient respectés et protégés par tous et partout. Notre travail n’est rendu possible que par les dons généreux de millions de personnes dans le monde.

LIBERTÉ, JUSTICE, ÉGALITÉ – METTONS-NOUS AU TRAVAIL.

 

 

شرعت منظمة العفو الدولية في تنفيذ برنامج انتقالي عالمي يهدف إلى ضمان أن تصبح المنظمة حركة ذات حضور عالمي حقيقي وأكثر تأثيراً، حركة تعمل بمشروعية وسرعة وقدرة أكبر وأكثر ملاءمة للواقع، وهي تقف إلى جانب الذين تُنتهك حقوقهم. إننا نتكيف مع عالم متغير عن طريق البناء على المنجزات المبتكرة التي حققتها منظمة العفو الدولية على مدى 50 عاماً ونيِّف من أجل العدالة والحرية. ونعتقد أننا بتعميق عملنا في مكاتب عالمية جديدة، بما فيها بلدان الجنوب، سنكون أكثر اتساقاً مع رسالتنا وقيمنا الأساسية. وسيكون نشطاء المنظمة وموظفوها حول العالم على صلة مباشرة وغير مباشرة، وعلى نحو متزايد، مع المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان والشركاء وضحايا انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان في مختلف بلدان العالم، وسيكون موظفونا في الأمانة الدولية “أكثر قرباً من الميدان”. ومع بناء عضوية كبيرة في بلدان الجنوب، سنشهد ازدهاراً كاملاً للتضامن الأممي وصنع القرار الديمقراطي

وقد أنشأنا في السنتين الماضيتين مكاتب إقليمية في كل من داكار ونيروبي وجوهانسبرغ وهونغ كونغ ومدينة المكسيك- ونحن نقوم الآن بتوسيع حضورنا العالمي أكثر فأكثر. وخلال السنتين القادمتين سنقوم بإنشاء مواقع عمل جديدة في بانكوك وتونس وبيروت، مع مواقع أخرى في المستقبل.

ما يتعلق بدور المدير الإقليمي في بيروت

سوف يتعامل مكتبنا في بيروت مع طائفة متنوعة من قضايا حقوق الإنسان في المنطقة. ونحن نتوقع منك، كمدير إقليمي وكقائد لعملية تواجد المنظمة في المنطقة، أن تقوم بتطوير وتكييف استراتيجياتنا العالمية في المنطقة؛ وأن تتولى قيادة فريق متعدد الوظائف يضطلع بوضع وتنفيذ الخطط الخاصة بالبحوث والحملات والاتصالات والنمو وجمع الأموال. ولذا ينبغي أن تعمل على خلق ثقافة تعاون وتكامل أثناء تأسيس المكتب، ودعم موظفي المكتب، وتحمُّل المسؤولية عن إدارة الموارد، وزيادة تأثير عملنا. وفي الوقت نفسه، ينبغي ضمان أن يحافظ فريقك على كل ما هو مميَّز لدى منظمة العفو الدولية، بما في ذلك قيمها ومعتقداتها وهويتها العالمية وتماسكها واتساقها واستقلالها وحيدتها ومركزية الفرد بالنسبة لها.

ما يتعلق بك

إننا نتوقع منك، كقائد يتسم بالحصافة السياسية والخبرة والإلهام والمثابرة، أن تحمل معك معارفك وخبراتك وتجاربك كقائد قادر على توجيه تأثير منظمة العفو الدولية في المنطقة؛ وأن تتمتع بمعرفة رصينة بالأوضاع السياسية والاجتماعية الإقليمية المستمدة من العيش والعمل في المنطقة. وبتمتعك بمعرفة القانون الدولي لحقوق الإنسان والأطر الإقليمية لحقوق الإنسان، يمكنك خلق توازن مع وعيك ببناء العضوية وقواعد المؤازرين وجمع الأموال والحضور المرئي في وسائل الإعلام. والمطلوب أن تكون مفكراً استراتيجياً قادراً على وضع الخطط، وإدارة الموظفين بشكل مباشر، وضمن منظومة عالمية، وتخصيص الموارد، والاحتفاظ بشبكة قوية من الصِلات مع الحكومات والمنظمات غير الحكومية ووسائل الإعلام. وعليه ينبغي التمتع بمهارات الاتصال والتقديم والعمل الدعوي الضرورية لتمثيل منظمة العفو الدولية أمام جمهور متنوع، إلى جانب التحلي بالصدقية اللازمة للتأثير عليهم وإحداث تغيير إيجابي.

 

ما يتعلق بنا/ من نحن 

منظمة العفو الدولية حركة عالمية تضم ما يزيد على 7 ملايين عضو ومؤازر وناشط يناضلون من أجل عالم يتمتع فيه جميع البشر بجميع حقوق الإنسان. وتصل المنظمة إلى كل بلد من بلدان العالم تقريبا، وتتألف من:

  • أكثر من 2 مليون عضو ومؤازر يقومون بدفع نضالنا من أجل الحقوق إلى لأمام،
  • أكثر من 5 ملايين ناشط يعززون دعواتنا من أجل تحقيق العدالة.

وهدفنا بسيط: وضع حد لانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان. وبصفتها منظمة مستقلة ودولية ومؤثرة، فإنها تناضل من أجل العدالة والمساواة والحرية والحقيقة حيثما يجري الحرمان منها. وسواءً كنا نمارس ضغوطاً من خلال البحوث القوية أو كسب التأييد، بواسطة المظاهرات الجماهيرية أو الحملات عبر الانترنت، فإننا جميعاً يحدونا الأمل في عالم أفضل، عالم تحظى فيه حقوق الإنسان بالاحترام والحماية من قبل كل شخص في كل مكان. ولا يمكننا أن نفعل ذلك بدون التبرعات السخية لملايين الأشخاص من سائر أنحاء العالم.

حرية، عدالة، مساواة- هيَّا إلى العمل.

there is no salary salary scale for this post 😦 here r the details they give :

  • Closing Date: 17 January 2016
  • Directorate: Regional Offices and Global Operations
  • Location: Beirut
  • Type: Permanent
  • Working Hours: 35

good luck for all!!

Rita Chemaly

 https://careers.amnesty.org/vacancy/regional-director—mena—

beirut-office-1388/1414/description/Here is the source:

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Dear readers anyone is interested in the call of proposal launched by KIP / AUB USAID project?

it covers:  15 research/data gathering projects.

Researchers, graduate students, and faculty based within civil society organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks and/or other related contexts working on relevant issues are encouraged to apply.

The project aims to  examine issues relating to gender and sexuality with the aim of positively contributing to the empowerment of women and other marginalized groups in Lebanon.

attached for you is the KIP project call for proposal with full details.

in brief: There will be 9 grants of $5,000 USD each which fund documentation projects where researchers gather information and data pertaining to gender and sexuality issues in public, judicial, legal, syndicated, private business, and civil society organizations. Additionally, there will be 6 grants of $10,000 USD each which fund theory-driven and knowledge-generating academic research projects.
We are seeking proposals that focus on either gathering data/information or generating knowledge relating to the following five thematic areas:
(1) Sexual Harassment and other forms of abusive behaviors or discrimination disproportionately targeting women and other marginalized groups at work, at school, in universities, and in other traditional or nontraditional structures in Lebanon.
(2) Barriers and facilitators affecting participation and representation of women and other marginalized groups at work, in government, in management and leadership as well as in other decision making roles in traditional or nontraditional structures in Lebanon.
(3) The current health and wellbeing practices and perceptions around of gender and sexuality in Lebanon.
(4) The next generation: the perceptions, attitudes and the current practices of youth and young adults in relation to gender equality and sexuality in Lebanon.
(5) Conceptual etymology and legal genealogy of gender, sexuality, and bodily rights in Lebanon.

 

The KIP Project is funded through a federal assistance award from the U.S. Department of State and under the direction of Associate Professor Charlotte Karam (Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut). If interested, please send an email to the KIP Project Coordinator Ms. Zeina Mhaidly at zm32@aub.edu.lb.

 

Good luck to all!!!

Rita Chemaly

below is the full link to the PDF:

THE KIP PROJECT CFP. 2015-2016

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Today the National Commission for Lebanese women and UNFPA, worked hard on disseminating the Concluding observations published by the United Nations Committee on Lebanon. The concluding observations are a kind of ” findings”  that cover how each country is implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination, #CEDAW, this year these findings ” highlight positive developments ”  and most importantly highlight ”  main matters of concern and recommendations”.

UN committee give those observations after holding discussions with the government delegation and the NGOs of the country.

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The Last recommendation of this batch was already implemented by NCLW and UNFPA: Disseminating the observations widely! Picture taken by Rita Azzi 

 

This year the main area of concern were numerous:

I am listing their titles below:

  • Refugee, asylum-seeking and stateless women\
  • Parliament
  • Withdrawal of reservations
  • Constitutional framework
  • Legislative framework
  • Access to Justice
  • National machinery for the advancement of women
  • Stereotypes
  • Violence against women
  • Trafficking and exploitation of prostitution
  • Participation in political and public life
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Women migrant workers in domestic service\
  • Women Palestine refugees
  • Health
  • Rural women
  • Marriage and family relations

as for the main areas of concerns: here is their translation to arabic for those who wish to get a quick look! (Lebanon cedaw Areas of concerns in arabic Rita Chemaly)

I am copy pasting for those who are interested in the Principal areas of concern and recommendations as they were published in the document of the UN #cedaw committee. 

Refugee, asylum-seeking and stateless women

  1. The Committee commends the State party for the open border and reception policy that it has had for years regarding refugees from Palestine, Iraq and Syria, for hosting over 2 million refugees and its remarkable and sustained efforts to ensure the protection of refugees and asylum seekers. However, it takes note of the policy paper on Syrian displacement in Lebanon approved by the Council of Ministers on 23 October 2014 and the three main priorities for managing the displacement crisis. The Committee is concerned that the 1962 Law regulating the Entry, Stay and Exit to/in/from Lebanon does not distinguish between asylum seekers/refugees and migrants. The Committee is further concerned about the high number of reported cases of child, early and forced marriage among Syrian refugee women and girls and the lack of official data on this phenomenon, as well as on the number of stateless persons in Lebanon.
  2. The Committee recommends, in line with its general recommendation No. 32 (2014) on the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women, that the State party:

(a)     In the implementation of its policy paper on Syrian displacement in Lebanon approved by the Council of Ministers on 23 October 2014, ensure that the principle of non-refoulement is upheld, including for women and girls in need of international protection, by ensuring access to its territory, establishing gender-sensitive asylum procedures, and including gender-based violence as a ground for asylum, in line with Articles 2 and 3 of the Convention;

(b)     Review the 1962 Law regulating the Entry, Stay and Exit to/in/from Lebanon, to distinguish between the protection needs of asylum seeking and refugee women on one hand and migrant women on the other hand;

(c)      Seek technical support for the establishment of a data collection system on incidents of gender-based violence against women, in particular sexual violence, and incidents of child, early and forced marriages of refugee women and girls, and provide victims with medical and psychosocial assistance and access to justice, in line with Article 2 of the Convention, and the Committee’s General Recommendation No. 33 (2015) on women’s access to justice;

(d)     Conduct a census to ascertain the number of stateless persons in its territory and take the necessary measures, provide them with civil registration documents and consider ratifying the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Additional Protocol, the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness;

(e)      Enlist and mobilize the support of the international community to share the economic burden and to provide for the needs of the refugee population, including resettlement and humanitarian admission opportunities and continue cooperating with UNHCR;

(f)      Adopt a national action plan to implement United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security, and ensure women’s participation at all stages of peace processes, in line with the Committee’s General Recommendation No. 30 (2013) on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations, and seek the support of the international community for the implementation of its obligations.

Implementation

  1. The Committee is fully aware of the efforts undertaken by the State party to adopt a legal and institutional framework protecting and promoting women’s rights. The Committee urges the State party to consider the recommendations contained in the present concluding observations as requiring a high priority for national mobilization and international support. The Committee urges the State party to promptly implement the present concluding observations by setting up a coordination mechanism with all relevant State institutions at all levels, the parliament and the judiciary, and the civil society, as well as with its international partners.

Parliament

  1. The Committee stresses the crucial role of the legislative power in ensuring the full implementation of the Convention (see the statement by the Committee on its relationship with parliamentarians, adopted at the forty-fifth session, in 2010). It invites the Parliament, to take all measures necessary to unblock the current institutional crisis and, in line with its mandate, to take the steps necessary for the implementation of the present concluding observations.

Withdrawal of reservations

  1. Notwithstanding the detailed explanations given by the delegation, the Committee remains concerned about the State party’s reluctance to withdraw its reservation to:

(a)     Article 9 (2), with a view to granting women equal rights with men with respect to the nationality of their children.. The Committee also notes with concern that the Council of Ministers repeatedly endorsed the discriminatory provision in Decree No. 15 of 1925 on Lebanese Nationality establishing that nationality is exclusively based on patrilineal descent;

(b)     Article 16 (1) (c), (d), (f) and (g) regarding equality in marriage and family relations.

  1. The Committee calls upon the State party to:

(a)     Withdraw its reservation made upon accession to the Convention regarding article 9 (2) and repeal Decree No. 15 of 1925 on Lebanese Nationality and adopt legislation ensuring women equal rights with men to confer their nationality to their foreign spouse and children;

(b)     Withdraw its reservation made upon accession to the Convention regarding article article 16 (1) (c), (d), (f) and (g).

       (c)           Initiate a dialogue with the leaders of religious sects communities and religious scholars, taking in consideration best practices in the region, with a view to overcome the resistance to the withdrawal of its reservations to the Convention.

Constitutional framework

  1. The Committee remains concerned that the Lebanese Constitution is still not in full conformity with the Convention and does not explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. It is also concerned about the limited scope and applicability of the procedure for challenging laws on the basis that they are incompatible with the State party’s Constitution and its international legal obligations.
  2. The Committee reiterates its previous recommendations to include in the Constitution a provision defining and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, in line with article 2 (a) of the Convention (CEDAW/C/LBN/CO/3, paras. 10 and 11 and A/60/38, para. 95 adopted in 2005) and to amend articles 9 and 10 of the Constitution to ensure gender equality in the context of religious freedom and sectarian diversity.

Legislative framework

  1. The Committee welcomes the initial review legislation containing discriminatory provisions against women by the State party but is concerned about the delays in adopting the required amendments. The Committee welcomes the amendment of the Criminal Code and the repeal of its Article 562. However, it is concerned about the remaining discriminatory criminal law provisions as well as personal status laws that discriminate against women within sects and between women across different sects. The Committee is also concerned about discriminatory provisions in labour, social security and municipal elections laws.
  2. The Committee recommends that the State party expedite a comprehensive legislative review to ensure compatibility with the provisions of the Convention, and, upon resolution of the institutional crisis and the re-functioning of the government, urges it to amend or repeal all articles of the Criminal Code, personal status laws as well as labour, social security and municipal election laws that discriminate against women.

Access to Justice

  1. The Committee is concerned about the obstacles women face when accessing the justice system, in particular the lack of adequate legal aid services and the lack of knowledge and sensitivity of justice officials regarding women’s rights.
  2. The Committee in line with its general recommendation No. 33, on women’s access to justice, recommends that the State party:

(a)     Institutionalize systems of legal aid and public defence that are accessible, sustainable and responsive to the needs of women and ensure that such services are provided in a timely, continuous and effective manner at all stages of judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings, including alternative dispute resolution mechanisms;.

(b)     Take immediate steps, including capacity-building and training programmes for justice system personnel on the Convention and women’s rights , to ensure that religious courts harmonize their norms, procedures and practices with the human rights standards enshrined in the Convention and other international human rights instruments.

National machinery for the advancement of women

  1. The Committee regrets the institutional weakness, the limited status, the insufficient decision-making authority, human, technical and financial resources of the national machinery for the advancement of women and the obstacles faced concerning coordination and gender mainstreaming throughout all government bodies. The Committee is concerned about the low level of coordination between the gender focal points within the line Ministries with the Department of Women’s Affairs of the Ministry of Social Affairs. The Committee is also concerned about the limited and inadequate information provided on the implementation of the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon.
  2. The Committee reiterates its previous recommendation (CEDAW/C/LBN/CO/3, para. 21) that the State party:

(a)     Give urgent priority to strengthen the institutional capacity of the national machinery for the advancement of women, and provide it with the mandate, decision-making power and human, technical and financial resources that are necessary to work effectively for the promotion of equality of women and men and the enjoyment of their human rights;

(b)     Institutionalize and strengthen the system of gender focal points in line Ministries and other public institutions in order to achieve an effective gender mainstreaming strategy throughout its policies and programmes;

(c)      Ensure coordination between the national machinery and its cooperation with civil society and women’s non-governmental organizations with a view to promote a participatory planning for the advancement of women.

(d)     Accelerate the implementation of the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon by adopting a plan of action that clearly defines the competencies of national and local authorities regarding the National Strategy, and supported by a comprehensive data collection system to monitor its implementation.

Stereotypes

  1. The Committee is concerned about the discriminatory patriarchal stereotypes about the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family and the role of the media in overemphasizing the traditional role of women as mothers and wives or commodities thus undermining women’s social status and their educational and professional careers. The Committee notes with concern that the advertising sector persistently convey stereotyped and sometimes degrading images of women.
  2. The Committee recommends that the State party take all measures necessary to raise awareness of the media and the advertising sector to eliminate discriminatory gender stereotypes, to ensure that women are not portrayed only as wives and mothers or commodities and to promote positive images of women as active participants in political, economic and social life.

Violence against women

  1. The Committee welcomes the adoption of Law No. 293 of 7 May 2014 on the protection of women and other family members from domestic violence. However, the Committee notes with concern the absence in the law of an explicit reference to gender-based violence against women and of provisions specifically criminalizing marital rape, crimes committed in the name of so-called honour, and other harmful practices. It is also concerned that the law continues to maintain discriminatory provisions with regard to the criminalization of adultery and that it takes no precedence over customary and personal status laws. The Committee further regrets the lack of disaggregated data on the number of reports, investigations, prosecutions and convictions in cases of violence against women, including sexual harassment, domestic violence, assault and rape, including by security forces.
  2. The Committee urges the State party to:

(a)     Amend Law No. 293 on domestic violence, in line with the Committee’s general recommendation No. 19 (1992) on violence against women, to specifically criminalize gender-based violence against women, marital rape, crimes committed in the name of so-called honour, and other harmful practices;

(b)     Remove discriminatory provisions between women and men regarding adultery and ensure that Law No. 293 on the protection of women and other family members from domestic violence takes precedence over customary and personal status laws;

(c)      Collect data, disaggregated by sex, age, nationality and relationship between the victim and the perpetrator, on the number of reported cases of violence against women, of prosecutions, convictions and sentences imposed on perpetrators

(d)     Strengthen the legal, medical and psychological support to victims of violence against women;

(e)      Ensure that all allegations of sexual harassment are recorded and that all allegations of assault and rape, are duly investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned and that victims have access to appropriate redress, including compensation. Ensure that all allegations of assault and rape by members of the security forces are investigated by an independent judicial authority.

Trafficking and exploitation of prostitution

  1. The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Anti-trafficking Law No. 164 of 2011 but notes with concern that the artist visa scheme of 1962 facilitates sexual exploitation of women migrant workers in the entertainment sector, and that the law no. 164 is not effectively being enforced, that it criminalizes victims and is without prejudice to the artist visa scheme. It is also concerned about the absence of an early identification and referral system for victims of trafficking who are frequently arrested, detained and deported without adequate protection and assistance for victims and weak coordination between government security, justice and social services as well as lack of cooperation with civil society.
  2. The Committee recommends that the State party:

(a)     Review and revise the artist visa scheme to ensure it is not misused for the sexual exploitation of women and take appropriate steps to decrease the demand side of prostitution;

(b)     Amend article 523 of the Criminal Code as necessary to ensure that victims of trafficking are not subjected to prosecution;

(c)      Provide mandatory gender-sensitive capacity-building for judges, prosecutors, border police, immigration authorities and other law enforcement officials to ensure the strict enforcement of the Anti-Trafficking Law by promptly prosecuting all cases of trafficking in women and girls and adequately punishing traffickers;

(d)     Ensure early identification and referral to protection of trafficking victims; and strengthen assistance to victims of trafficking, including by granting temporary residence permits to victims of trafficking irrespective of their ability or willingness to cooperate with the prosecution authorities and by providing them access to alternative income opportunities, respectively;

(e)      Provide victims of trafficking with adequate access to health care and counselling and strengthen those services by providing targeted training to social workers;

(f)      Ensure inter-agency coordination between government security, justice and social services to combat trafficking and strengthen cooperation with civil society.

 

Participation in political and public life

The Committee is concerned about the gross underrepresentation of women in public and political life; the lack of capacity-building for political parties and labour unions representatives on women’s rights and regrets that the draft law providing for a 30 per cent minimum quota for women’s representation on candidates lists of political parties for parliamentary elections was not adopted. It is concerned about the strong political resistance to the adoption of temporary special measures to effectively promote women’s equal participation in public and political life.

  1. The Committee recommends that the State party:

       (a)           Take all appropriate measures to increase the number of women in elected and appointed office at all levels, so as to comply with article 7 of the Convention;

(b)     Take concrete measures, including temporary special measures in accordance with article 4 (1) of the Convention, the Committee’s general recommendation no. 23 on women in political and public life and general recommendation no. 25 on temporary special measures, and to establish concrete goals and timetables in order to accelerate the increase in the representation of women in all spheres of public and political life;

(c)      Implement awareness-raising campaigns to highlight the importance to society as a whole of women’s full and equal participation in leadership positions in all sectors and at all levels and explain the purpose of introducing temporary special measures such as quotas as a necessary strategy for accelerating realization of women’s de facto equality..

Education

  1. The Committee notes the recommendation in the study by the National Committee for the Follow-up of Women’s Issues and the Centre for Educational Research and Development to eliminate discriminatory gender stereotypes in school books. However, the Committee is concerned that the State party’s has not taken effective steps to remove such stereotypes from school curricula and textbooks. It is also concerned about the lack of training for teachers on women’s rights and gender equality and limited career guidance encouraging women and girls to choose non-traditional career paths, in particular in the fields of science and technology.
  2. The Committee recommends that the State party intensify its efforts in reviewing school curricula and textbooks to eliminate any stereotyped and patriarchal roles of women. It reiterates its previous recommendation (CEDAW/C/LBN/CO/3, para. 25) that the State party enhance training for teachers on gender, women’s rights and equality. The Committee further recommends that the State party give priority to eliminating traditional stereotypes and structural barriers that may deter girls from enrolling in traditionally male-dominated fields of study, such as science and technology, and step up efforts to provide girls with career counselling on non-traditional career paths including non-stereotypical vocational training.

Employment

  1. The Committee welcomes the adoption of Laws No. 266 and No. 267 of 15 April 2014 extending maternity leave in the public and private sectors to 10 weeks with full pay. However, the Committee is concerned about the lack of measures to promote the concept of shared family responsibilities and to combat the difficulties women face in combining work and family responsibilities. The Committee is also concerned about women’s limited access to the formal labour market and about the absence of legislation criminalizing sexual harassment in the work place. The Committee is further concerned about the occupational segregation and the high percentage of women in low paid jobs as service sector workers and salespersons, administrative staff and mid-level professions as well as gender pay gaps.
  2. The Committee calls on the State party to:

(a)     Promote equal sharing of family and domestic responsibilities between women and men, including by introducing compulsory paternity or shared parental leave following childbirth;

(b)     Take measures, including temporary special measures in line with article 4 (1) of the Convention and General Recommendation No. 5 (1988) on temporary special measures, such as incentives for employers to recruit women, introduce flexible working arrangements and strengthen professional training for women, with a view to enhancing women’s access to the formal labour market;

(c)      Adopt legislation criminalizing sexual harassment in the work place;

(d)     Take concrete measures to address horizontal and vertical segregation including by promoting the equal participation of women in highly skilled jobs and senior management positions; providing counselling and placement, that stimulate their on-the-job career development and upward mobility in the labour market; stimulating the diversification of occupational choices by both women and men; encouraging women to take up non-traditional jobs, especially in science and technology, and men to seek employment in the social sector and providing women with access to effective job training, retraining, counselling and placement services that are not limited to traditional employment areas;

(e)      Take concrete measures to close the gap between women’s and men’s pay and to implement the principle of equal pay for work of equal value including by establishing a body responsible for conducting job evaluation schemes with gender-neutral criteria.

Women migrant workers in domestic service

  1. The Committee welcomes the various measures adopted by the State party to protect the rights of women migrant domestic workers, including by issuing unified contracts, requiring employers to sign up to an insurance policy, regulating employment agencies, adopting a law criminalizing human trafficking, and integrating women migrant domestic workers in the Social Pact and the National Strategy for Social Development. However, the Committee notes with concern that these measures have proved insufficient to ensure respect for the human rights of women migrant domestic workers. The Committee is equally concerned about the rejection by the Ministry of Labour of the application of the National Federation of Labour Union to establish a Domestic Workers’ Union and the .absence of an enforcement mechanism for work contracts of women migrant domestic workers; limited access by women migrant domestic workers to health care and social protection; and the non-ratification of ILO convention No. 189. The Committee is concerned about the high incidence of abuse against women migrant workers in domestic service and the persistence of practices such as the confiscation of passports by employers, the maintenance of the “Kafala system” which puts workers at risk of exploitation and make it difficult for them to leave abusive employers; obstacles affecting domestic workers’ access to justice, including fear of expulsion, insecurity of residence during procedures. The Committee is deeply concerned about the disturbing reports of documented deaths of migrant domestic workers from unnatural causes, including suicide and falls from tall buildings and the failure of the State party to investigate into those deaths.
  2. The Committee, in line with its General Recommendation No. 26 (2008), on Women Migrant Workers, recommends that the State party:

(a)     Raise awareness among women migrant domestic workers of their human rights under the Convention, and monitor the work of employment agencies, including by establishing an enforcement mechanism to ensure that the same contracts are used in the State party and in countries of origin;

(b)     Expedite the adoption of the draft law regulating domestic employment with adequate sanctions for employers engaging in abusive practices and ratify ILO Convention No. 189 (2011) on decent work for domestic workers;

(c)      Abolish the “Kafala system” and ensure the effective access to justice, of women migrant domestic workers including by guaranteeing their safety and residence during procedures;

(d)     Promptly investigate, prosecute and sanction all reports of deaths of women migrant domestic workers from unnatural causes;

(e)      Take the measures necessary to protect the rights of women migrant domestic workers including by approving the establishment of a Domestic Workers’ Union.

Women Palestine refugees

  1. The Committee is concerned about restrictions on the right to work of Palestine refugee women.
  2. The Committee recommends that the State party review and amend its labour laws to ensure Palestine refugee women’s right to work, namely by providing them with access to the labour market in the State party.

Health

  1. The Committee welcomes the adoption of the “Comprehensive Primary Health Care Package and Services” by the Ministry of Public Health in 2013, the establishment of primary health care centres throughout the State party and the progress achieved in reducing maternal mortality. The Committee is, however, concerned about the limited access of women and adolescent girls to sexual and reproductive health services in rural and remote areas in the State party. It is also concerned about insufficient monitoring of private health care providers, which offer most of the specialized health services for women. The Committee further notes with concern the high number of unsafe abortions due to the strict criminalization of abortion and the delay in introducing age-appropriate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights at the primary, intermediate and secondary levels of education.
  2. The Committee recommends that the State party provide comprehensive health services, in particular sexual and reproductive health services, in each region in relation to area and population size; take measures to adequately monitor the performance of private health care providers, and introduce age-appropriate education on sexual and reproductive health in the curricula at the primary, intermediate and secondary levels of education. The Committee also recommends that the State party legalize abortion at least in cases of threats to the life or health of the mother, rape, incest, and severe fetal impairment and that it increase women’s access to safe abortion and post-abortion care services.

Rural women

  1. The Committee welcomes the creation in 2008 of the National Observatory for Women in Agriculture and Rural Areas by the Ministry of Agriculture. The Committee notes with concern the lack of updated disaggregated data on women’s participation in the agricultural sector. It remains concerned about the exclusion of women agricultural seasonal workers from the protection of the Labour Code and the limited initiatives for women’s access to rural entrepreneurship through technical assistance, micro credit facilities and bank accounts.
  2. The Committee reiterates its previous recommendation that the State party collect updated disaggregated data on women working in the agricultural sector, adopt legislation for the protection of women agricultural seasonal workers and strengthen the support for the entrepreneurial initiatives of women in the rural areas.

Marriage and family relations

  1. The Committee recommends that the State party:

(a)     Adopt an optional civil personal status law based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination and the right to choose one’s religious affiliation in order to protect women and alleviate their legal, economic and social marginalization;

(b)     Require religious sects to codify their laws and submit them to Parliament for review of their conformity with the Constitution and the provisions of the Convention; that it establish an appeals mechanism to oversee religious court proceedings and ensure that judgements of religious courts do not discriminate against women;

(c)      Set the legal minimum age for marriage at 18 years for girls and boys, in line with international standards, and takes the measures necessary to effectively prevent child marriage among rural girls.

 

 

in brief, in Lebanon, the long road ahead for equality is a process that needs many institutions to work hard , public administrations to make efforts, political will, working on behaviors, customs, and so much more!

the task is enormous? yes! but sooo many magnificient activists worked restlessly to have some positiveness in all this. We need to continue the struggle, and fight for #equal rights!!

Rita Chemaly

if you wish to download the full text of the concluding observations here is the word text:

CEDAW_Concluding observations on Lebanon 2015 Rita Chemaly

The source for the document is : http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=970&Lang=en

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WOMENSENEWS)–In late June President Barack Obama issued a presidential memorandum to enhance workplace flexibility in the federal government, highlighting just how hot this issue has become.

Despite the national debate, however, most businesses and organizations still have a long way to go in implementing such options for workers.

For women in particular, flexible work options–whether it’s telecommuting, flexible and predictable scheduling, part-time hours or job sharing, to name a few–or the unfortunate lack thereof, have a huge impact on workforce participation rates.

Jennell, a stay-at-home mom who recently returned to work after 16 years was only able to do so because of a flexible job. The idea of “getting an office job was not only daunting, it simply would not work for our family. I knew in order to work I needed a great deal of flexibility in deciding which hours I would work,” she told us in an interview.

I’ve heard hundreds if not thousands of stories like this, both from job seekers and my own team. Flexible work is the key to inviting some of the most highly educated and underutilized candidates back into the workforce–motivated, productive, educated, talented women (who happen to also be nurturing the future of our country as moms).

New Reality, New Vision

A key turning point for many women in the workforce is motherhood. Becoming a parent alters career paths for moms and dads, but moms in particular are more often forced to make difficult decisions related to career and family.

The 40-hour work week we’ve become accustomed to as a society was adopted during the 20th century, “a historical bargain between employers and labor for a family wage sufficient to support a male breadwinner and a homemaker spouse. But only about 20 percent of families fit that model anymore, and most of those are headed by men,” said Catherine Albison and Shelley Correll in a piece for CNN.

Our new reality requires a vision for what work looks like. Mothers are now the primary or sole source of income for 40 percent of U.S. households with children under 18. But a full 43 percent of working women quit their jobs when they have children. A survey of stay-at-home moms who identify as “career oriented” found that 55 percent would prefer to be working now.

Options like being able to work from home occasionally (or fully), working a part-time schedule or having a flexible schedule are ways to re-engage mothers in the workforce. Seventy-three percent of working parents want work flexibility, and the most popular types of flex work are, in order: full telecommuting, flexible schedules, partial telecommuting, part-time schedules and freelance positions.

In order to keep women participating the workforce throughout their careers, companies must do a better job of offering formalized flexible work options. Not only does flexible work help to increase an employer’s candidate pools, it also offers monetary and productivity benefits. And as a profound, and hopefully obvious, side note: flexible work is utilized by more than just women and moms, and can benefit men and fathers too.

Perks for Businesses

While some still see it as a perk for employees with little impact on business, more studies are finding that flexible work options such as remote work and flexible schedules actually have a consistently positive impact on a company’s bottom line.

In one study, the top benefits organizations saw from flexible work were improved employee satisfaction (87 percent) and increased productivity (71 percent). Sixty-five percent also reported that flexible work helps them to retain current talent, reducing costly job turnovers. And 69 percent of companies use their work flexibility policies as a recruiting tool.

Telecommuting in particular has a tremendous impact on reducing overhead costs. For example, 31 percent of Aetna’s employees are teleworkers, which has saved the company 15-25 percent on real estate and related costs and largely reduced its carbon footprint as a result. And companies with official flexible work programs that allow remote work at least three times per month were more likely to report revenue growth of 10 percent or more within the last year, compared to firms without such policies.

The good news is two recent, separate surveys found a large majority of employers and HR professionals agree about where work flexibility is headed. Eighty percent of employers surveyed plan to increase their flexible workforces and 89 percent of HR professionals surveyed said other flexible work arrangements would be more prevalent in the next five years.

So, what happened to Jennell when she returned to work? She reported that, “After working for only four months, I have been promoted, with an increase in pay, and I have been offered the chance to be a mentor!” Without flexible work options, employers miss out on this kind of high-caliber employee far too often.

It’s unfair to force people to make difficult choices when it comes to career and family. It’s also an unnecessary stress in an age where work happens anywhere and everywhere. As the debate on work flexibility continues, with the White House, government agencies and major corporations all in favor of its adoption, our hope is that women, and all workers, have increased access to these work options.

Sara Sutton Fell is the CEO and founder of FlexJobs, an award-winning, innovative career website for telecommuting, flexible, freelance and part-time job listings, and founder of Remote.co, a one-stop resource for remote teams and companies, and the 1 Million for Work Flexibility initiative. She was named as a Young Global Leader (class of 2014) by the World Economic Forum for her work in technology and the employment fields. Sutton Fell is a graduate of UC Berkeley and currently lives in Boulder, Colo., with her husband and two sons.

Source: http://womensenews.org/story/labor/150817/flexible-work-boosts-businesses-and-the-workforce

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You want to know what are the discrimination women are facing in Lebanon till 2014?  you wish to know what improvements were made till 2014?  The Official Cedaw Report of the Republic of Lebanon, that has been prepared by NCLW  (www.nclw.org.lb)  is now available in English and French and Spanish.

Below is a sneak through the table of content of the english version:

“Article 1 Definition of discrimination against women ………………………….. …….. 9

Article 2 The principle of non-discrimination and guarantee of its achievement ……………….. 9

The legislative situation and principle of non-discrimination ……………………… 10

Bills and proposals being studied or monitored .

17 IV. Civil society initiatives and efforts …….”

if you wish to download the versions here they are:

the arabic version is available for download here: https://ritachemaly.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/lebanon-official-cedaw-report-on-women-status-for-2014/

cedaw rapport en francais 2014 officiel Liban

cedaw report official Lebanon 2014 English version

they have been translated by the UN: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx 

Rita Chemaly

unhcr translation cedaw lebanon 2014

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A strategy is needed for equality and an effective political participation of women in the Public sphere in Lebanon. this simple info graphic shows who were the women responsible of a ministerial cabinet in Lebanon and for which year since 1942. IN brief just 7 women were since 1942 were appointed as MINISTERS in Lebanon. 2 of them without a portfolio ! 😦

Only 6 Cabinets/ Governments out of 74 Governments in Lebanon have appointed Women!!!!

We need to ACT!!!!

Rita Chemaly

WOMEN in Political Sphere in Lebanon Cabinet Rita Chemaly

This pic is taken from the Women participation in Elections prepared by UNDP in Lebanon http://www.lebanon-elections.org/Modules/Document/UploadFile/6171_12,02,YYWomen-in-Elections-accordion.pdf

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As Parliamentary Commissions in Lebanon are studying the electoral law , we have been invited as Women active groups to give our opinion related to the “temporary, measure” the women  quota.

The first question that comes to mind:  are they considering a women quota?

yes they do, but Under which electoral system, no body know 😦 how Lebanon will be divided in régions, the annexe was not distributed for us to review it.

what is a quota for women, here is an extract from Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas © International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 2014.

Direct Link to Full 16-Page Text: http://www.idea.int/publications/atlas-of-electoral-gender-quotas/upload/Atlas-on-Electoral-Gender-Quotas_3.pdf

“Electoral Gender Quotas – A Major Electoral Reform

Gender quotas are numerical targets that stipulate the number or percentage of women that must be included in a candidate list or the number of seats to be allocated to women in a legislature. They aim to reverse discrimination in law and practice and to level the playing field for women and men in politics. Gender quotas, as they mostly regulate political parties’ actions, underscore the notion of political parties as the ‘gatekeepers’ through which citizens pursue opportunities for political leadership (Dahlerup 2006). Therefore quotas play a critical role in providing meaningful and effective opportunities for female party members to access elected public offices. To date, gender quotas have proved to be the single most effective tool for ‘fast-tracking’ women’s representation in elected bodies of government. It is, however, important to note that as an extensive body of research in this field suggests, quotas may have a differential impact in different contexts and in different electoral systems and may take longer than a single electoral cycle to produce the desired impact. Furthermore, electoral gender quotas do not remove all structural, institutional and societal barriers for women in politics, and need to be complemented by other measures designed to level the playing field for women.

There are three key types of gender quotas in politics:

1. Legislated candidate quotas – These quotas regulate the gender composition of the candidate lists and are binding by law for all political parties in the election; they are mandated either through national constitutions or by electoral legislation.

2. Legislated ‘reserved seats’ – These measures regulate by law the gender composition of elected bodies, by reserving a certain number or percentage of seats for women members, implemented through special electoral procedures; they are mandated either through national constitutions or by electoral legislation.

3. Party quotas (also called voluntary party quotas) – These quotas are adopted by individual parties for their own candidate lists, and are usually enshrined in party statutes and rules.

All key types of gender quotas are increasingly used around the world to promote women’s political participation and representation. To date, some 1185 countries and territories— more than half of all—use some type of gender quota for an elected office. Based on the information presented in this Atlas, 60 countries and territories/special areas around the world use legislated candidate quotas (which may be used in conjunction with reserved seats or voluntary party quotas), 36 countries and territories/special areas use the system of reserved seats (few of which also use legislated candidate quotas as well) and in 37 countries and territories at least one political party represented in parliament uses a voluntary party quota (countries with both, legislated candidate quotas for national legislatures and voluntary party quotas are excluded from this number). Please see Annex A for a full list of countries in these three categories. The lists presented there include countries with legislated candidate quotas, reserved seats and voluntary party quotas for the composition of lower or upper houses or both, and/or sub-national elected bodies.”

Rita Chemaly

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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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