The Knowledge Is Power (KIP) project was a two-year US-funded multidisciplinary project aimed at supporting the production and dissemination of information related to gender and sexuality in Lebanon. To encourage the availability and accessibility to this kind of data, KIP’s goal was to build bridges between stakeholders working in the field, including academics, civil society members, students, public and private sector representatives, and others.
In the project’s second phase, we presented the findings of 9 documentation and 6 research projects related to themes identified by private round tables in the project’s first phase. This research was also presented at a two-day academic conference on March 31 and April 1 in 2017, along with discussions, debates, and training from various stakeholders in the fields of gender and sexuality, specifically focusing on issues of discrimination and sexual harassment.
The project also held two training workshops, one targeted at students and aimed at addressing Sexual Harassment in Society and Spaces, and the other targeting Lebanese SMEs and revolving around the drafting of anti-sexual harassment guidelines and policies.
You can learn more about the project here and more about our activities below.
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During its first year, the KIP Project funded 9 documentation and 6 research projects directly related to questions and themes identified in five private roundtables, held to identify gap areas for research and work related to gender and sexuality in Lebanon.
These multi-stakeholder, multidisciplinary, multi-sector private roundtables were held around gender and sexuality on education, health and well-being, economic empowerment and opportunity, politics, and legal and civil rights and brought together members from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Social Affairs, university professors, activists and civil society members.
During its second year, these studies were presented the KIP Project’s a two-day interdisciplinary Conference on Gender and Sexuality on March 31st and April 1st, 2017, at AUB, where hundreds of academics, students, activists, journalists, researchers, and other stakeholders were invited to share their knowledge in the field.
These reports were funded to fulfill the KIP Project’s goals to (a) support the gathering, generation, and dissemination of information and data concerning gender and sexuality in Lebanon; and (b) foster knowledge-sharing concerning gender and sexuality in Lebanon by creating a platform for academia/civil society interactions and partnerships.
The executive summaries of the studies can be found below:
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Carmen-Geha.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Diana-Maddah.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Marsa.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Ghada-Khoury.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Nadine-Naber.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Pascale-Daher.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Sarah-Bou-Diab.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-SIDC.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Zeina-Zaatari.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Sarah-Mallat-Jad-Melki.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Nour-Nasr.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Nay-el-Rahi.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Eman-Sbeity.pdf
Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Brigitte-Khoury.pdf
In addition to a two-day interdisciplinary conference around discrimination and sexual harassment on March 31 and April 1, 2017, the KIP Project has also aimed to push for the generation and dissemination of related knowledge through two training days. One training day targeted students, while the other will target HR staff of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)s.
As part of the post-conference activities of the conference, the KIP project invited students to a full day student-oriented training workshop on April 8, 2017 addressing Sexual Harassment in Society and Spaces. Students from across faculties and disciplines and various universities attended one or all of the four back-to-back sessions covering issues related to conceptions of masculinities, consent and rape culture, sexual harassment in the workplace, and online harassment.
The KIP Project held a training workshop on the implementation of internal policies addressing sexual harassment in Lebanese small and medium enterprises (SME)s. The training day took place on June 10th and invited senior HR staff in Lebanese SMEs to learn about the drafting of anti-sexual harassment policies within their internal policies and procedures.
For more information, please find the following press release about the session.
Based on the KIP Project’s multistakeholder roundtables in its first year, the themes of discrimination and sexual harassment were identified as overlapping areas where knowledge-production and dissemination should focus in the Lebanese landscape. Focusing on this theme, the KIP Project held a two-day multidisciplinary conference on March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the Olayan School of Business at AUB and aimed to:
Over 800 members from academia, civil society, private and public sector as well as independent researchers, students, activists, among others, attendedthis two-day event. A total of 25 panels, workshops, poster sessions, and exhibitions tackled issues pertaining to sexual harassment and discrimination in healthcare, businesses, public and private spaces, education, art, media, politics, activism, and more.