ILO Initiative Protects Women from Modern-Day Slavery

ILO Initiative Protects Women from Modern-Day Slavery

A Staff Reporter – India West – Wednesday, 11 September 2013 (originally published 08 September 2013) Over 100,000 girls and women in South Asia are set to benefit from a new initiative by the International Labor Organization and the UK Department for International Development, which aims to prevent trafficking within the region and to the […]

Lebanese women race towards empowerment

Lebanese women race towards empowerment

Reuters –  Al Arabiya – Friday, 31 May 2013 (originally published 26 May) Thousands of woman raced on the streets of Beirut on Sunday in a competition entitled ‘‘You are really strong’’, just a few hours after two rockets hit a Beirut suburb – a reminder of the volatile political situation in the country. But […]

Lebanese women take on Muslim judges who call rape a ‘marital right’

Lebanese women take on Muslim judges who call rape a ‘marital right’

Arwa Damon and Tim Hume – CNN – Friday, 22 February 2013 (originally published 17 Feb) Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — Lebanese women are taking to the streets to demand that the government takes domestic violence seriously, by introducing laws to protect women from abusive partners. Nadine Mouwad, a founder of feminist collective Nasawiya, says the prevalence […]

Faith in marriage – should it matter in Lebanon?

Faith in marriage – should it matter in Lebanon?

WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Beirut, LEBANON: Kholoud Sukkarieh, a Sunni Lebanese woman and Nidal Darwish, a Shi’a Lebanese man, recently decided to get a civil marriage in Lebanon. As this institution doesn’t exist in the country, unsurprisingly, the Lebanese government did not recognise the civil union. But the couple succeeded in getting the attention of the […]

Women’s rights still carries the flag of the Arab Spring

Women’s rights still carries the flag of the Arab Spring

Nada Akl – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Beirut, LEBANON: While the image of women participating in last year’s Arab uprisings has been repeatedly used to provide a narrative for the Arab uprisings, the outcome of what was dubbed the “Arab Spring” did not turn out to be that positive for women. In Egypt, women hold 2 per […]

Lebanese advocates ABAAD partner with men for gender equality

Lebanese advocates ABAAD partner with men for gender equality

Elahe Amani – WNN Interviews (WNN) Beirut, LEBANON: A new Lebanon based human rights and equality initiative is now partnering with men to reach the goal as advocates for equality of the sexes in the Middle East region and beyond. To do this ABAAD – Resource Center for Gender Equality in Beirut has partnered with […]

Philippines ratifies [Domestic Workers] Labor Rights Treaty

Philippines ratifies [Domestic Workers] Labor Rights Treaty

Mindanao Examiner – Thursday, 09 August 2012 (originally published 07 Aug) MANILA – The Philippines’ ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention will bring the groundbreaking international treaty into legal force, promising better working conditions and key labor protections for millions of domestic workers, Human Rights Watch said Monday. “The Philippines’ ratification of the Domestic Workers […]

LEBANON: Youth groups work to bring society together without discrimination

LEBANON: Youth groups work to bring society together without discrimination

Vanessa Bassil – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Beirut: The recent violence between political parties – some of them affiliated with different religious sects – in Tripoli and Beirut has made headlines, and shows the degree to which political conflicts in Lebanon remain a potent social problem. Lebanon is composed of 18 religious communities, and all too often, […]