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April 2018 Update

Another month full of activities and travels!

In April, we organized:

  • A Food4Thought, in collaboration with Skoun on “Gender and Drugs”. The discussion focused on health care services, support, and education services for women who use drugs in Lebanon.
  • Election workshops across areas of Lebanon: AiW conducted seven workshops across Lebanon about the “Electoral Law and Women Political Participation” in partnership with the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE)  and the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), and funded by Hivos. Workshops were conducted in Tripoli, Zahle, Koura, and Chiyah. The latter was conducted in the presence of Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukouz, President of NCLW.

We screened:

  • The movie The Hunting Ground , in collaboration with Dr. Jad Melki, chairperson of the Department of Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University (LAU), and Dr. Nelly Moawwad, Assistant Professor of Physics at LAU. The film is a documentary about incidents of sexual assault on campus

We participated in:

  • The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, a gathering of feminists, activists, and governments from all over the world to intensify efforts for a gender equal world. Our director was the first speaker that pushed the audience with “Yalla.. FORWARD” speech full of fuel, fire, and focus towards a better gender equal world. The conference took place at Stockholm, Sweden.
  • The 2nd Regional Consultation on Child Marriage in the Middle East and North Africa/ Arab States Region, a regional accountability framework validation and implementation workshop. Our own Myriam Sfeir participated in this workshop that took place in Amman, Jordan.
  • Celebrating King’s Day with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lebanon by displaying AiW’s publication and attending the ceremony at the St. Georges Yacht Club, Beirut.

We attended:

  • Lebanon Support round table discussion on emerging political actors and women’s participation in Lebanon’s 2018 parliamentary elections. The session discussed the findings of two briefing papers published entitled: “Can Emerging Political Actors and Women Make Headway in Lebanon’s 2018 Parliamentary Elections?” AiW participated in the discussion as a Civil Society Organization (CSO) and focused on women political participation, especially that the elections were just around the corner.
  • A conference organized by Skoun that was held to announce the results of the national survey on referrals of drug users to over 50 stakeholders present including the Lebanese Justice Minister Mr. Salim Jreissati, judges, lawyers, representatives of Internal Security Force, Bar Association, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Social Affairs, and CSOs. AiW participated in the conference that took place at Le Gray Hotel – Beirut. It was also followed by a roundtable to discuss the findings of the survey report and issue recommendations for the purpose of improving the legal situation of people who use drugs in Lebanon.
  • The coordination meeting conducted by SIDC (Soins Infirmiers et Developpement Communautaire), in which SIDC presented the updates on their project that supports “women engaged in sex for money”. The meeting also discussed a documentary on advocating for the rights of women engaged in sex for money that will be launched soon.
  •  A full-day Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training, conducted by BALADI CAP, entitled “Data Collection”. 
  • A full-day workshop on informal labor in Lebanon focusing on women who work as informal workers in Lebanon. The workshop was held by the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND). The focus of the workshop was on defining informal labor, focusing on a gender perspective to informal labor and recommending steps to protect women in these areas of work.


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