Confronting Ghosts: Lebanon, Transitional Justice and Enforced Disappearances

  Amid the dreadful politics Lebanese are being served by their so called political ruling elite, the only initiatives worth mentioning are the ones created by activists and civil society organizations that are trying to put the government in front of their obligations. That is, actually respecting, protecting and promoting the Human Rights of people … Continue reading

Lebanon: Debunking the Myths

Chaml activists being beaten up by security officers, as published on the Facebook page of the organisation     A friend of mine recently asked a very relevant question: how come Human Rights violations in Lebanon always go unnoticed? Truth be told, he’s right: you hear news about heavy crackdown on protesters in Egypt and … Continue reading

On Keeping the Nasawiya Cafe Independent and Self-Funded

As Nasawiya’s membership gets wider, the need for debate and conversation within the collective remains as important as ever. This is why it is crucial to define clearly what Nasawiya stands for, and why certain directions and choices are taken and made by the movement. More particularly, discussions have arose with regards to the Nasawiya … Continue reading

Une Réponse à Ziyad Makhoul

Cet article est une réponse à Ziad Makhoul dans L’Orient-Le Jour Cher Monsieur Makhoul,   Votre billet dans L’Orient- Le Jour m’ayant caressée dans le mauvais sens du poil, je vous prie donc de bien vouloir m’excuser de ma réponse, qui ne vous plaira sans doute pas. Votre ton condescendant à l’égard de la décision prise … Continue reading

MTV Lebanon: Stop Using Freedom of Speech

“MTV also led the way in terms of its adoption of self-regulation and a clear code of ethics…” http://mtv.com.lb/AboutMtv There is a channel in Lebanon that stigmatizes, discriminates and smear the reputation of already marginalized groups: Palestinian refugees, migrant workers, LGBT individuals. A channel that adds fire to the highly inflammable fuel that is the … Continue reading

About a Feminist Collective…

Nasawiyas apply feminist analysis to their social justice work, meaning that they always have an eye on gender dynamics and oppression within social and political struggle, address the systematic structural problems rather than the symptoms, and place women’s experiences and voices as central to any solutions and activist work. Feminism is a learning process for all of us and we are … Continue reading

Live From Nahr El Bared

Yesterday, the Lebanese feminist collective Nasawiya organized an exhibition/evening/debate around what is currently happening in the northern Palestinian camp of Nahr El Bared. The event, Live From Nahr El Bared, was aimed at not only raise awareness on the situation in the camp, but also to give Palestinians a platform to give their insight of … Continue reading

Land of the Free: Taking A Leaf Out of Liberian Women’s Book

The documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell by Abigail Disney is narrated by Leymah Gobwee The latest development in Lebanon have put a never ending stream of questions into my head, the loudest one being What Can We Do? What can we do as women, as feminists and human beings against the escalation of … Continue reading