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A joint statement in response to the context of the upcoming parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to take place on the 15th of May 2022 and the important role media organizations can play in encouraging broad and inclusive participation of women in the political life and elections and in addressing issues such as gender discrimination and violence against women in politics.
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To support the Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women Lebanon is seeking partner organizations to work on supporting women’s economic empowerment to allow women living in Lebanon and their families to access emergency livelihoods, whilst experiencing less period poverty and food insecurity.
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Faizah is one of 115 lawyers supported by UN Women under its ‘Strengthening legal aid and access to justice in Lebanon’ project, undertaken jointly with the United Nations Development Programme and funded through the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The project seeks to ensure access to justice for the most vulnerable women through increased awareness of their rights, and use of fair and effective formal and informal justice systems. Faizah currently provides free legal advice and support to lawyers working on cases involving women and girls in Tripoli and its surroundings.
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The Ambassador of Japan to Lebanon, H.E. OKUBO Takeshi, toured a new production unit established by the social enterprise Roof and Roots, in Jabal Mohsen, Tripoli, supported by the Government of Japan through UN Women and ACTED. The new unit is producing a line of high quality affordable sanitary products, produced by women, for women, to respond to increased humanitarian needs in Lebanon, including period poverty, as well as women’s marginalization from the economy.
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Aisha Halawany, 31, lived through a controlling and abusive marriage and a subsequent divorce. Through participating in the theatre performance ‘Left To Tell’, organized by the Lebanese feminist organization and UN Women partner KAFA, she has been able to begin the long journey of facing her trauma and finding a way to build a more positive future.
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Roy Sayegh, 29, is a Lebanese psychotherapist working to help people heal from both past and present trauma through therapy. After the 2020 Beirut Port explosion, he joined the Lebanese NGO Restart Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and Violence and worked with them to provide psychosocial support and therapy to women affected by the Lebanese Civil War, in partnership with UN Women.
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Beirut (March 9, 2022)- The Embassy of Canada to Lebanon, UN Women and the Mafroukeh Play team- Lebanon does not have a single civil code. There are 15 personal status laws relevant to the 18 officially recognized confessional communities. This multiplicity of legal systems means that Lebanese citizens are treated differently when it comes to key aspects of their lives. This situation has a particularly discriminatory impact on women, who must fight for and protect their most basic rights.
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Today, March 8, International Women’s Day we celebrate women in Lebanon who are leading the fight against environmental degradation and climate change, working to build a more sustainable future for the country, and the global community.
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Today on March 8, International Women’s Day, the United Nations celebrates the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all. We are not only celebrating their efforts to alleviate the severe and lasting impacts of climate change on our environmental, economic, and social development, but also their integral role in sustaining viable communities.
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On International Women’s Day, the United Nations in Lebanon celebrates the contribution of women and girls who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all. Nadida Raad, Caroline Chaptini, Maya Nehmeh, Aaida Ghadban, Myriam Ghsoub, Carole Ayat, Mona Fawaz, Nouhad Awwad and Najat Saliba are managing innovative actions for climate adaptation across the country. Their work is contributing to a greener, more equitable and prosperous future for Lebanon.
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Najat A. Saliba, 57, is the co- founder and executive director of Environment Academy (EA), an environmental movement led by the American University Beirut (AUB) in collaboration with communities across the country aiming to find transformative and just solutions to environmental breakdown in Lebanon. Saliba has been working as a professor and researcher in analytical and atmospheric chemistry and was the former Director of the Nature Conservation Center at AUB. She and the team at EA discuss what it is like to work on climate action with communities in times of unprecedented national crisis.
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Myriam Ghsoub, 29, is a research consultant at the National Center for Marine Sciences in Lebanon. She has completed several works on marine research, including assessing the ecological quality of the coastal ecosystem and the evaluation of the marine sediments’ characteristics. A firm believer in science, she seeks to understand the global environmental changes caused by human activities which are threatening the physical, economic, and food security of local communities, as well as resources for global businesses.
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Dr. Maya Nehme, 41, is the Director of Lebanese Reforestation Initiative, a local NGO which aims at conserving and expanding Lebanon's forests through a community-based approach and public-private partnerships. As wildfires in Lebanon have exponentially increased since 2019, reforestation, forest management, wildfires management and land use planning, are needed more than ever.
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Mona Fawaz is a professor in urban studies and planning at the American University of Beirut and co-founder of the Beirut Urban Lab, a collaborative and interdisciplinary research space producing scholarship on urbanization. Fawaz is the author of over 50 scholarly articles, book sections, and reports. She is deeply invested in upgrading the quality of life in cities and working towards more inclusive, just, and viable public spaces.
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Caroline Chaptini, 39, is a recycling artist, holder of three Guinness World Records, in 2020. Even though she does not consider herself an environmental activist, her work has inspired many young people to pay more attention to waste management and to join recycling initiatives.
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Nouhad Awwad, 31, is the founder of the Lebanese national chapter of the Arab Youth Climate Change and project campaigner at Greenpeace MENA, supporting the implementation of the Ummah For Earth project, a global alliance-led initiative working to empower Muslim communities on climate action. From beach cleanups to planting trees to representing Greenpeace MENA and the Ummah For Earth Alliance at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Nouhad has been engaging youth in environmental issues since the age of 15.
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Aida Ghadban is a Palestinian refugee living in Al Rashidieh camp, the second most populous Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Aida helped train over 100 women to grow vegetables on their home’s rooftops. This activity was a turning point for these women who regained self-confidence and felt they were finally making a difference in their community.
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Nadida Raad, 34, is co-founder of The Chain Effect, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of the bicycle as a means of transport in Lebanon through street art, public interventions, community projects and city planning. The Chain Effect also addresses the ever-growing problem of mobility and lack of public spaces. Over the past years, their “Bike to Work” events have gathered hundreds of participants.
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Carol Ayat is an energy finance professional, an investment banker, and a Senior Fellow at The American University of Beirut (AUB) Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI). She is on the board of the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative “LOGI” and advocates for producing electricity in a sustainable way.
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Youssef Rafiq Mallah, 48, attained his life-long dream to become, like his real-life hero, a member of the Civil Defense. As the Head of the Beirut Regional Center Civil Defense Operations Unit, he oversaw the August 2020 Civil Defense Beirut Port Explosion operations, where women and civil society played a vital role in saving lives.