Tag Archives | Gender Equality

Gender Equality by 2030: Possibility or Utopia?

This year’s March 8 International Women’s Day United Nations theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. With the new global 2030 roadmap and 17 Sustainable Development Goals approved by UN Member States, gender equality appears to be the most critical[1]. According to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director (UN [...]

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Who Gave Them Such a Right?

“Men categorize women in one of four ways; mothers, virgins, sluts and bitches. Of course, none of the above is suitable for the modern business woman. But you can create your own image by selecting pieces of each archetype that work for you; for example: the sexual attractiveness of the slut the wisdom of the [...]

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Why Gender Equality is important? My opinion

Gender Discrimination has always been a rather pressing and important matter which has been discussed by many around the world but was never given the care and true value it deserved in the Middle East for example. While it is true that in some countries—mainly developed countries—women have become equal to men (and they fight [...]

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POURQUOI ‘SANS QUOTA’?

Suite à la publication d’une de mes citations concernant ma critique du quota de 30% revendiqué pour les femmes en politique au Liban, certains commentaires émis soulignèrent le caractère ‘illogique’ d’une telle revendication, de mesure ‘anormale’, voire d’un impensable puisque, les alternatives ne seraient que des rêves fous et que le choix le plus sûr [...]

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Women in the Middle East/ Western Asia: the Fight for Equality Continues!

I have been following closely the diverse campaigns on Facebook and other online platforms such as the “Uprising of Women in the Arab World”. Somehow, most testimonies reflect my concerns. As a Western Asian woman, but also as a university professor, researcher, author, artist and activist, in one of the most Patriarchal institutions i.e. the [...]

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مواطنة درجة ثانية

لبنان هومن أول البلدان المشرّعة لحقوق الانسان, و لحقوق المرأة. عام 1955 ابرم لبنان الاتفاقية المتعلقة بحقوق المرأة السياسية الصادرة عن الامم المتحدة, كما ابرم عام 1964 الاتفاقية المتعلقة بعدم التمييز في مجال التعليم الصادرة عن الاونيسكو, و عام 1996 ابرم الاتفاقية الدولية للقضاء على جميع اشكال التمييز ضد المرأة و لكن تحّفظ على المواد [...]

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Middle Eastern Men should be involved in the Race for Gender Equality

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh raised quite the interesting bullet points: “We have to consider such questions as: How do we think about and understand men’s relations to and involvement with gender equality? What are the different kinds of relationship that men have to gender equality? Why is gender equality of interest to some, often relatively few, [...]

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Expanding Spaces of Equality in the Middle East/Western Asia: My Recommendations

Much is needed in order to implement full gender equality in the Middle East / Western Asia, or at least expand existing spaces of equality. Below are few recommendations: 1) First, extensive researches in the past of this region’s societies would shed a light on current diversity and gender management. A central finding is the [...]

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I am a Feminist Man

The word “feminist” is being more and more associated with queer women, lesbians to be specific. And, what are lesbians known for? Answer: Hating men. So somewhere along the history of feminism, this link has been created and it has become hard to break this line of stereotypical thoughts. In all feminist movements women are [...]

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