July 2021 Updates
Our hub is never on holiday!
As she is always excited to be part of anything that celebrates the power of girls, our executive director, was invited as a speaker along with the world’s most influential activists and youth leaders at the 2021 Global Girl Up Leadership Summit: “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Leading the Way to Social Change”, where they explored how to drive positive social action.
Building on her slogan, “I won’t stop until change happens”, she recorded a podcast on “Gender Based Violence Across the World” with Oxford Society for International Development.
Within the context of our work with youth, our director, was invited on the occasion of the French National Day, to participate in a debate with Lebanese youth at the French Embassy. She was also invited by the Student Recruitment Office at LAU to give a workshop titled: “She can Lead” as part of the series of online workshops organized for grade 10 and 11 students. We, at AiW, strongly believe that youth hold the power of change in their hands.
Our director was asked to serve as a moderator on a joint event with Madanyat and the Asfari Institute, AUB in the frame of the project SAWTNA, supported by The Public Affairs Section in the US Embassy. The panel discussion tackled the Guiding Principles Handbook to Counter Violence Against Women in Politics, one of the areas that The AiW constantly work in within the context of increasing women’s participation in the public sphere. In this regard, The AiW has previously published a guide on the participation of women in political life.
By way of striving to empower women, one of our staff members was invited as a speaker at a panel discussion as part of the UNDP Peacebuilding project, on the topic of women’s participation in the political, economic, and social fields.
Prisons are always on our working agendas. In collaboration with PRO GED, we organized a play on “Women’s Prison” adapted from Memoirs from a Women’s Prison by Dr. Nawal El Saadawi and directed by Lina Abyad. Dr. El Saadawi is an Arab feminist icon who has inspired generations of feminists in the Arab world and beyond through her words and wisdom. She is best known for being outspoken against capitalism and patriarchy.
Within the context of the “Equality for Everyone: Gender Reform from Grassroots to Government” funded by U.S-MEPI, we organized a panel discussion with the “Lebanese League for Women in Business” members. The purpose of the panel discussion was to introduce the project, the results of the research conducted as well as to incite companies to amend their parental leave policies.
Stay tuned for more updates in August!
The AiW team