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Civil Society Review issue 5 - Challenging Power: Gender and Social Justice in the Middle East

This issue assesses the current moment of crisis in the region through the lens of gender, contributing new ways of thinking about, and reacting to the current compounded crisis plaguing the SWANA region. A further strength of this issue is the diversity with which authors use the terms “gender” and “feminist,” drawing attention to the ways that such terms are not “neutral;” rather, they are historically specific and signal established power dynamics, especially in the field of international development and humanitarian aid.


Digest on the “Gender Actors Map”- December 2020 - موجز عن "خريطة الجهات الفاعلة في مجال الجندر" – كانون الأوّل/ديسمبر ٢٠٢٠

Digest on the “Gender Actors Map”- December 2020

Our Gender Actors Map and typology have been updated, based on a survey of 75 gender actors, conducted in August and September 2020. 

This digest provides an overview of the main data trends from the Gender Actors Map, highlighting gaps and duplications in gender interventions.

1- A multitude of local actors in a funding-dependent sector

Gender interventions in Lebanon: between duplicated efforts and persistent gaps - التدخلات الجندرية في لبنان: بين جهود متكررة وثغرات مستمرة

This infographic provides an overview of gender actors and interventions in Lebanon*, and aims to highlight gaps and duplications in the sector. This visual shows that while beneficiaries are diverse, some groups remain less targeted such as trans*, policy makers, and persons living with mental health disabilities. At the same time, other categories appear as over-targeted and represented, notably the CSO sector, migrants, displaced individuals and refugees. The visual also shows that some areas of focus have been overlooked by actors (e.g.

Women’s Political Participation in Lebanon: An Overview of Empowerment Initiatives in Lebanon (2009-2019) - مشاركة المرأة في السياسة في لبنان: لمحة شاملة عن مبادرات التمكين في لبنان (٢٠٠٩ - ٢٠١٩)

This infographic presents a mapping of the main Women’s Political Empowerment (WPE) and Women’s Political Participation (WPP) initiatives in Lebanon from 2009 to 2019. These initiatives were grouped according to four primary key themes, the main focus of these programs as well as their type of activity. The visual below highlights an overwhelming focus of initiatives on women’s political participation in the formal political arena, without giving much consideration to political empowerment outside the realm of formal politics.

Women's Political Participation in Lebanon and the Limits of Aid-Driven Empowerment

The question of women’s political participation in Lebanon could not be more timely. As of 17 October 2019, nation-wide protests have erupted in response to increasing austerity measures that culminated in a tax on Voice over IP (VoIP) calls, commonly referred to as the “WhatsApp tax.” Calls for a non-sectarian and “non-political” revolution have drawn Lebanese representing nearly every sect, every class, and every gender out into the streets, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on October 29, 2019. 



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