Much research and data are being generated on gender and sexuality in Lebanon. General studies of the known current efforts reveals gaps and a lack of collaboration, communication, and dissemination of information between groups working in the field, including members from civil society, academia, private, public, and legal sectors. Much of the outstanding research is unheard of or hard to access. The Knowledge is Power (KIP) project has emerged in response to this imminent need and with a grant from the US Department of State is calling for all interested or working in the field to join efforts.
The absence of readily available data and the inaccessibility to research on issues related to the status of gender in the Lebanese society, women empowerment initiatives, and civil society projects has long stood as an obstacle to the development of civil society and research in this field. “We lack information and statistics about women that would help us better understand our needs, make informed decisions and come up with solutions accordingly, and that is why the KIP Project is needed”, said Joelle Abou Farhat Rizkallah, Co-founder and member of Women in Front (WIF). Building bridges between academia and civil society has been a highly welcome scenario as has been the seating of the private and public sectors on the same table to work in this field.
A project proposal was developed by Dr. Charlotte Karam, Associate Professor at the Olayan School of Business at AUB 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. This $332,200 project was funded through the Secretary’s Full Participation Fund. This award was cost shared by AUB in its provision of facilities such as rooms, computers, and administrative and other staff, estimated at $132,566, over a period of 2 years.
The Knowledge is Power project materialized in partnership with civil society organizations such as Women in Front (WIF) and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE).
The five of six scheduled multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary, 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. In its first two months of operation, KIP also worked to support university-based initiatives in Lebanon: AUB’s recently launched Minor in Gender studies; AUB’s committee for recognizing women at AUB during the university’s 150 year anniversary celebration; and BCBCB network’s initiative to strengthen gender studies and curriculum development in the Middle East.
The project funded 15 White Paper Reports directly related to the questions and themes identified in the private roundtables, and organized a two-day interdisciplinary Conference on Gender and Sexuality on March 31st and April 1st, 2017, at AUB, where 200 academics, students, activists, journalists, researchers, and other stakeholders were invited to share their knowledge in the field.
“Recognizing that there are activists, researchers, NGOs, government offices, and a myriad of actors in civil society, private and public sector who are committed to exploring and engaging in initiatives that promote equity and empowerment around gender and sexuality, the KIP project is here to support and further bring these stakeholders to the same table to discuss, debate and to build cross-sector, cross-disciplinary bridges toward a better future”, said Dr. Charlotte Karam, now Director of the KIP project. “KIP is a tool to help mobilize various initiatives already doing great work and a generator of further momentum.”
Being the change that they wish to see, the KIP team encourages all interested researchers, students, volunteers, and professionals to contact them and supports joint efforts. Creating partnerships at different levels and building bridges between all concerned stakeholders is the underpinning foundation of the idea that “Knowledge is Power”.
For more information on the KIP project, please contact Ms. Zeina Mhaidly, Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The KIP Project's campaign #Mesh_Basita #مش_بسيطة stands for the idea that sexual harassment is not okay, that it should not be normalized, and that there should be legislative reform around these issues in Lebanon.Check out our full video for the campaign, which is held in partnership with the Office of the Minister of State for Women's Affairs, WAMLebanon. Join us in sharing your own photos, videos, and text highlighting that sexual harassment is not okay using the hashtags until August 15, 2017.Special thanks to:Rana Khoury for her creative consultationHeyoka (Producer Daniel Habib, Director Mark Eid, Line Producer George Khalaf, D.O.P. Julien Kai, Camera Assistant Karim Akl, Sound Recordist Samer Maroun Matta, Wardrobe Stylist Valérie Yacoub) for their production of the videosDanny Bou-Maroun for the music compositionOur actors, Natasha Choufani, Aya Abed, Jihane Diab, George Khalaf, Sany Abdul Baki, Ada Harb, Ihab Al Assaad, Joseph Risque D'Allah, Mahmoud Jaber, Samer Maroun Matta, Řèïna Hazouri, Jad Awad, Mary AmmounAnd also to the American University of Beirut (AUB), Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, AUB, and our funder the U.S. Department of State and the Department of State — Office of Global Women's Issues.Learn more at www.thekipproject.info/mesh-basita
Posted by The KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality on Thursday, August 3, 2017
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