Roaring a Warning

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> And what did you see, my black-eyed girl? I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin’[1]  A friend of mine and fellow feminist, Nay Al Rahi, wished us more rage and anger in a fantastic article shewrote on Shabab Assaafir . This followed a very pertinent question … Continue reading

One Woman Is Killed Every Month as a Result of Family Violence in Lebanon

Join Our March https://www.facebook.com/events/171190029664659/Wear BlackThink of how many lives could have been saved, If Lebanon had a proper law to protect women from violence 

Raising Fists and Voices: Lebanese Women’s Struggle to End Violence

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>  “I don’t believe in a country that turns rapists into suitable husbands”. Those were the kind of banners you could have seen being held by activists should you have walked on the streets of Beirut on January the 14th during the March to Fight Rape organized by Lebanese feminist collective Nasawiya. … Continue reading

Lebanon, a Land of Men (and of a few Courageous Women)

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> I am a Lebanese woman married to a Swiss man. My children will never be Lebanese, nor will my husband, because I am considered as a second class citizen in my own country, which doesn’t seem to deem it necessary to grant me the same citizenship rights as everyone else (also … Continue reading

On NGOs vs Activism: the Impact of Structure and Donor Trends

« So, did you get the grant? » « Who are your donors? » are sentences that I’ve been hearing more than I care to mention. Welcome to the lovely world of activism and NGOs, of movements and organisations, where the competition’s so fierce a lawyer’s study seems like a quaint little place in comparison and where half of … Continue reading

Girl Geek Camp Lebanon: Turning Women into Geekettes, one Tweet at a time

13 faces eagerly looking at you from behind their computers, all composed and serious. Welcome to the Nasawiya second Girl Geek Camp organised in the lovely Auberge Beity of Kfardebian, Lebanon from the 4th to the 8thof September. Over 5 days, about thirteen teenage girls between the age of 15 and 18 will be trained … Continue reading

Are Hezbollah and Hamas a new version of the Theology of Liberation?

(To view a short history of the Theology of Liberation: http://cafethawra.blogspot.com/2011/05/theology-of-liberation.html) The question has been going for a while now in academic circles in the West and in the Middle East, but also among the left, on the issue of a form of religious based progressist movement in the Arab world. Some on the left and … Continue reading

Women and Sexual Harassment: Reclaiming Our Spaces

When I started working in a big international organisation, I had my head filled with dreams and ideals, eager to partake in the global effort for human rights and humanitaran relief. Right, that was before the director two offices from mine started talking to my boobs. The worst part of this anecdote was that I … Continue reading

Naksa day or another bloody Sunday!

The Israeli occupation army killed at least 23 people, including woman and a 12-year-old boy, and wounded more than 350 after Israeli forces opened fire along the frontier to disperse pro-Palestinian demonstrators attempting to enter the Israel-occupied portion of the Syrian Golan Heights. The deaths occurred as the protesters marching from the Golan Heights approached the Israel-occupied … Continue reading

The Nakba day or “the bloody Sunday”

On Sunday, 15 May 2011, tens of thousands of Palestinians and others marked the Nakba anniversary by marching to the borders with Israel in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. Palestinian, political factions and popular organizations in Palestine and throughout the Middle East and across the world, participated in various coordinated actions to commemorate the Nakba day, … Continue reading