Your Choice: Your Career or Your Identity Or other stories of Empowerment, Lebanese Style

The new regulation adopted by the Lebanese Internal Security Forces to prevent women from wearing the hijab to work on the field has stirred a lot of debate and controversy in the highly sect-sensitive state of Lebanon. Invoking the military Code of Conduct that purportedly doesn’t allow any member of the security forces to wear … Continue reading

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

Join Our March BlackThink of how many lives could have been saved, If Lebanon had a proper law to protect women from violence 

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

Blog Action Day 2011: On the Right to Food, Hunger and Poverty

The right to food is a Human Right: it might be good to be reminded of that fact as we watch around 6 million children die per year as a result of starvation and related diseasesi. The right to food sends us back to the very rights to live, and to live in dignity. It … Continue reading

Thou Shalt Not Let Yourself Be: Women and Cultural Imperialism

 For Aika, Marie-Claude and Caterina, my sisters in arms against Imperialism I’ve been meaning to write about cultural imperialism and how it affects women for some time now. It all started one lazy Sunday afternoon when three women (a Kenyan/Tanzanian, an Haitian/Swiss and a Lebanese) were watching a silly movie revolving around mixed race relationships. … Continue reading

On why we as Lebanese women should support the anti sectarian demonstrations

Picture:Matthew Cassel A conversation I’ve had many times over, and one of the biggest criticism of feminists I’ve heard, was that we were focusing way too much on women only, while forgetting, willingly or not, to replace them in a context of economics and broader struggle for social justice and egalitarian system, in a word, … Continue reading

Women in Revolutions : Paving the Future

We have seen their pictures, we have seen them shout and demand and support and lead the popular movements that have arisen throughout the Middle East : middle eastern women have utterly and truly proven that they were a force of the revolution. Though they have endorsed many roles within the group of demonstrators, it is … Continue reading

White Ribbon Day – 25th of November

Today is Blog Action Day for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day as men are supposed to be wearing a white ribbon today in solidarity with abused women everywhere.  I could perfectly well drown you with statistics, describe at length the different forms violence against women … Continue reading

When I was 20…

… I dreamt of becoming a music composer. An air stewardess. I wanted to travel the world. Become a doctor, or a journalist, or maybe a fiction writer. When I was 20, I had dreams, and hopes and visions for myself. And then I got married. Those are not words I read in a badly … Continue reading

Making our own path: Changing the Present, Envisioning the Future

They’re called Dina, Hoda, Basma or Nagham. They’re bright, articulate, inspiring, and most of all, are determined to keep their region alive and thtriving. « You are the present and the future of this movement », declared Ms Reem Najjar, World Board Member and President of the YWCA of Jordan, just before the Young Women’s Leadership Dialogue … Continue reading