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September 2021 Updates

September is the kick off month of the academic year at LAU!

It’s not different at The AiW, where our Executive Director indefatigably kicked off the semester by participating in speaking engagements to voice out the concerns of our women in the Arab region!

She participated in the panel discussion REAL TALK: Observations of Race, Gender, Identity and Inclusivity in Organizations and Communities that was hosted by Ferguson Partners. She was also a featured speaker at the Power Conference. She recorded a podcast of House of Apis on Did you Just Say The F- Word?

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Dr. AbiRafeh was hosted on France24 where she spoke on the impact of that momentous day and whether the world has changed or not since then.

Dr. AbiRafeh was also given the opportunity to present the work of the AiW to the members of the LAU Board of Trustees during their meeting in New York.

On the other end, our dynamic Director Myriam Sfeir had several speaking engagements with students from LAU and around the world.

She participated in Erasmus mobility at the University of Iceland where she gave a public lecture on the status of women in Lebanon, organized a workshop on CEDAW and the Arab countries reservations, hosted a film screening and discussion on the documentary “Women in Time”, held meetings with The Gender Equality Studies and Training Program (GEST) staff to discuss future collaborations, and participated in the GEST podcast. Ms. Sfeir also participated as a speaker at the Arab-Japanese Intercultural Dialogue (The Arab Region  and Japan from Gender Perspective) where she talked about Violence Against Women: Legal frames related to women and girls’ protection from all forms of violence/CEDAW & WPS in the Arab Region. The program was organized by the Arab Women Organization (AWO) and the Osaka Jogakuin University (OJU).

As part of MEPI TL Gender Scholars Program at LAU, Ms. Sfeir gave 4 presentations on The AiW work and the importance of student engagement in gender studies at LAU.

Ms. Sfeir also served as the moderator at the launching event of the joint Study on Violence Against Female Reporters and Male Reporters during Lebanon’s 2019 Protest Movement that was developed in collaboration with UN Women.

The AiW also organized a media campaign within the context of the Equality for Everyone project funded by U.S-MEPI, for the purpose of advocating for the improvement of parental leave policies in Lebanon. The campaign was hosted on social media and TV simultaneously and extended for 14 days, with a total reach of around 2.5 million people.

Stay tuned for more updates in October!

The AiW team


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