Getting real about Lebanon…

Last night I spoke at the LAU Annual Gala Dinner. And here's what I said: Today I give you bad news: In 2018 Lebanon was listed as one of the ten worst countries to be a woman.... in the company of Saudi Arabia, with its restricted laws... and Yemen, with a massive humanitarian crisis. 5… Continue reading Getting real about Lebanon…

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What would 900 million Euros do for women in Yemen?

Yemen is one of the world’s poorest countries. And it has been devastated by a civil war that continues unabated – and largely ignored. The roots of the conflict can be traced back to the Arab Spring of 2011, in a political uprising to transfer power from the authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to his… Continue reading What would 900 million Euros do for women in Yemen?

CSW Hangover, or Recovery from the Commission on the Status of Women

What is the CSW, anyway?! The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established in 1946, is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to equality and empowerment for women. The CSW promotes women’s rights, documents women’s lived realities worldwide, and shapes global standards on gender equality and… Continue reading CSW Hangover, or Recovery from the Commission on the Status of Women

Mind the gap… and FILL the gap

I spent the weekend working. Again. I was invited to speak at an event called "Mind the Gap: Igniting Opportunities", focused on fixing what needs to be fixed in Lebanon. It was a high-level thing, including President of Lebanon Michel Aoun, First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, and many others, entering with much fanfare, hidden… Continue reading Mind the gap… and FILL the gap

Of models, midgets, and making a difference…

Can you imagine a world where men’s bodies are subject to stigma, shame, discrimination - determined by public policy?! Me neither. Now imagine we each decide what to do with our own bodies and lives... Isn't that better!? So, I just came back from Antalya, Turkey. Amazing place, by the way. Totally worth a visit.… Continue reading Of models, midgets, and making a difference…

Girls are STILL being married off in Lebanon…

Props to the stellar IWSAW team for giving us this update... in case we've forgotten that girls are still being married off while we remain politically paralyzed... *** The unfortunate fact is that no minimum age for marriage exists in Lebanon, even though Lebanon ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child without reservations.… Continue reading Girls are STILL being married off in Lebanon…