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

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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…

Lebanon Looks Ahead!? But leaves women behind…

Forbes Middle East recently released a fat issue called Lebanon Looks Ahead - with a picture of PM Saad Hariri on the cover and a quote: "Lebanon has all the advantages to be the region's top technology hub". Firstly, I'm dying to explore the irony of this statement, given that most people here live without… Continue reading Lebanon Looks Ahead!? But leaves women behind…

The interconnections of violence (or: violence against absolutely everything!)

Us gender-based violence types talk a lot about the continuum of violence - a concept that helps us understand how violence against women is normative - meaning part of the everyday lives and lived experiences of women and girls worldwide. Yes - EVERYWHERE. These aren't one-off events that exist in isolation. Instead, we need to… Continue reading The interconnections of violence (or: violence against absolutely everything!)

Musings to start off September…

It's September (already?!) - and we're back to work. Did we stop working!? Probably not. Like I just wrote in my monthly update: There’s no holiday for human rights defenders and social change activists… at least not until we’ve achieved equality, right?! Every so often I have to write about this amazing little Institute and… Continue reading Musings to start off September…