Lebanon is not a Democratic country!

According to the quotaproject.org, Lebanon has one of the lowest political representation rates for women on a global scale, and especially in decision making positions and high ranking political positions. 3.1% of women in the Lebanese Parliament… Can anyone dare saying that Lebanon is a democratic country, when a large part of its population – [...]

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The Bershka Skull T-Shirt Controversy in Lebanon!

The following image has been published on Facebook in the last two days, representing a Bershka skull T-Shirt, followed by massive online protests by Lebanese – mostly Christians. Comments like ‘This is humiliating’, ‘a shame’, ‘this is crazy’, ‘people are evil’, etc. accompany the image depicting, as all are stating, the Virgin Mary as the [...]

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Sommes-nous ‘croyants’? Sur l’identité libanaise… (II)

Je poursuis ma réflexion sur le concept de l’identité au Liban, un de ces concepts qui sont devenus inopérants puisque révélant des modes d’exclusion et des dysfonctionnements sociaux, et disqualifiant d’une manière ou d’une autre tout autre mode de pensée. Selon Sélim Abou s.j.: « [Même que] le silence devient inopérant, car les faits parlent [...]

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The Geopolitical Woman

It may not be easy to conceive that women have been at the heart of political problematic between the occidental civilization and the Islamic fundamentalism. The image of the contemporary woman is till now the main element of controversy. This is what the founder of Stratfor, George Friedman, had mentioned in his book The Next [...]

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Sommes-nous Arabes? Phéniciens? Orientaux? Occidentaux? Sur l’identité libanaise… (I)

Penser et faire le féminisme au Liban revient à penser évidemment la problématique de l’identité: suis-je une citoyenne arabe? Orientale? Asiatique? Comment me situer en tant que libanaise? Les idées reçues qui sont promues habituellement au Liban font de « l’Orient » le siège du mysticisme et des valeurs fondamentales, et de « l’Occident » [...]

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Feminist and Peace Activist

A student of mine, studying Theology, future clerk, asked me a while ago: ‘‘Why, a woman ‘like you’ (describing me as ‘young trendy secular woman’), not attached to any religious function, is interested in religions, cultures, philosophy, politics, etc. in a country like Lebanon where the production of knowledge – if it exists – on [...]

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Au Liban, «le meilleur pays au monde», le viol reste un acte «banal» !

En novembre j’ai reçu pour mon anniversaire (célébré à Montréal où j’habite) un super cadeau de la part de mes ami(e)s et de ma famille : un voyage de presque 40 jours en Inde… Arrivée au Liban, et à l’annonce de ce voyage et des préparatifs qui en découlent, un commentaire commun est resté « [...]

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I am a Heel Wearer and my Footwear is Feminist !!

One of the questions many women ask me when they look at me or when they read ‘Red Lips High Heels’ is: how can you say you are feminist when you wear red lipstick and high heels? Strange how I have to defend my feminism within a movement fighting for women’s rights. True we do [...]

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I am sick and tired of conforming!

I am sick and tired of being an exploited objectified woman and citizen. I am Lebanese and in my society, beauty standards changed in the last 10-15 years. We were busy with war until the early 1990s, not paying attention to physical characteristics. When we stopped killing each other with weapons, we started a devastating competition, [...]

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Les femmes sont au coeur du renouvellement dans l’authentique!

Penser au rôle des femmes en relation au renouvellement des mentalités, des moeurs et des systèmes socio-politiques, me renvoie à penser en premier lieu aux changements qui ont eu lieu suite aux décennies de guerre physique au Liban et l’impact de celle-ci sur la situation des femmes et ‘ce qui a changé’  ou non… Le [...]

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