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|Bodies, Space, and Remembrance||Nur Turkmani||December, 2021||
In this article, Nur Turkmani’s reflects on the ways that Lebanese streets became a place of intimate encounters during the October 2019 Thawra. Turkmani traces the various threats to the body, from the threats of police violence during the Thawra to the immunological threats of COVID-19 as people continued to reclaim public spaces during the early months of 2020, and how women’s bodies were often at the center of these spaces.
|Gender, Lebanon, women, Women Bodies, Public Spaces, Revolution|
|On Chaos, Disruption, and Women in Public Space: Cairo’s Street Situation and the Murder of the “Maadi Girl” and the Single “Al Salam Doctor”||Nehal Elmeligy||December, 2021||
In this essay, Nehal Elmeligy uses the chaos, unpredictability, and potential brutality of “the street” in Cairo to reflect on the murder of two Cairene women, the first killed in October 2020 and the second in April 2021.
|Cairo, Gender, Gender Based Violence, Chaos, Disruption, Public Space|
|Resistance, Gender, and Identity Politics: A Conversation with Rasha Younes||Gabriella Nassif||December, 2021||
This interview highlights the complexities of gender through careful attention to collective resistance and uprising. It discusses the video documentary “If Not Now, When?” with Rasha Younes.
|Lebanon, Gender, Identity Politics, Resistance, Feminism|
|Achieving Long Term Goals on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Protection in Lebanon||Menaal Munshey||November, 2021||
This article uses qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with 11 NGO representatives and five Syrian refugee survivors of domestic violence to argue that the current funding structure hinders survivors from accessing vital services such as shelters and legal aid. For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, this problem is exacerbated due to a lack of legal assistance for legal residency and official registration. Without this paperwork, Syrian refugee survivors are unlikely and unwilling to access support and justice mechanisms. The present gaps in funding and services impact survivors’ protection, safety, and access to justice, and hinders the likelihood of attaining sustainable solutions.
|Lebanon, refugees, Gender Based Violence, Gender Discrimination|
|From “Liberal” to “Liberating” Empowerment: The Community Protection Approach as Best Practice to Address NGO-ization||Nicolas Gianni, Francesco Michele, Chiara Lozza||November, 2021||
This article attempts to conceptualize the observations collected throughout an action-research process carried out between 2017 and 2019 to develop the Community Protection Approach (CPA). The CPA is both an approach and a methodology to streamline actions within ongoing humanitarian and development projects in support of the affected population (www.cpainitiative.org, 2019). This research draws widely on field evidence of the implementation of the CPA between 2013 and 2019, and analyzes the exchange and feedback processes between affected communities and implementers in a variety of locations.
|Women’s empowerment, Civil Society, liberalization, hegemony, community protection|
|Paying “Lip Service” to Gender Equality: The Hollow Implementation of Gender Mainstreaming in Jordan||Rosalind Ragetlie, Dina Najjar, Bipasha Baruah||November, 2021||
Based on a sample of 23 international, state-led, royal, and non-royal affiliated Civil Society Organisations (CSO)s in Jordan, this article suggests that gender equality is used as rhetoric more than as implementable policy or practice. It also argues that the blurred line between domestic CSOs, the monarchy, and the defensive democratisation pursued by the state also undermine the potential for CSOs to engage with the social and political roots of gender inequality
|Jordan, Gender Equality, Civil Society, Gender mainstreaming|
|CSR issue 5: Challenging Power: Gender and Social Justice in the Middle East - Introduction||Gabriella Nassif||November, 2021||
This is the introduction of the Civil Society Review issue 5 "Challenging Power: Gender and Social Justice in the Middle East". Written by Gabriella Nassif, this introduction provides an overview of the issue, the circumstances during which it was written and compiled, the thematics it covers, and its reflections on the current moment of crisis in the region through the lens of gender.
|Gender Equity, Gender, Social Justice, Middle East|
|Setting the Agenda towards Gender Equity||Lebanon Support||February, 2020||
The 2018 parliamentary elections in Lebanon witnessed the largest participation of women in the country’s history with 86 out 113 female candidates making it on the final electoral lists (Baturini and Halinan 2018, 1-3). Yet, out of the 128 elected candidates, only 6 were women (The Daily Star 2018). More recently, since the October 2019 protests, women have been at the forefront of mobilisations, organising sit-ins, marches, demonstrations, and chanting feminist slogans. The “women’s movement” has been pushing for a plethora of demands such as toppling both the sectarian system and patriarchal system, pushing for comprehensive socio-economic equality, abolishing the kafala system, amending the nationality law, reforming domestic violence laws, unifying the personal status law, among others. Based on extensive participatory research and consultations with actors, as well as a review of the main demands from the current social movement, Lebanon Support has developed the following briefing article on the policy priorities related to gender equity and rights.
|Gender, Nationality Law, Gender Based Violence, Civil Marriage, Civil Rights & Liberties, healthcare, Social Protection, Political Participation|
|On Mixed Identities, Racism, and Activism in Lebanon; A Discussion with Nisreen Kaj.||Léa Yammine||October, 2017||
This article highlights the trajectory of Nisreen Kaj, and looks into the intersectionality of racism. It goes over her activism on racism issues on an individual level, through her “Mixed Feelings” project, and through organisations.
|Racism, Intersectionality, Activism & Engagement|
|“Like an ant that digs into the rock:” Wadad Halwani and the struggle of the families of the missing and the forcefully disappeared||Miriam Younes||September, 2017||
“This not about my personal story. This is a story that affected many people, and I am just one example of it. Of course we all had some kind of background, a life before. For example, I was always rebellious and active in fighting for my rights, at home, in school, in university, it was as if life was somehow preparing me for what happened afterwards. And in 1982 I got dragged into this cause that was bigger than me and bigger than anything I have ever lived. From that moment on, it occupied me completely. But it was an imposed cause, not anything that I or anyone else have chosen to fight for.”
|Missing and Forcibly Disappeared, Right to Know|