The KIP Project

The KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality

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.



In the Media

Interview with Charlotte Karam on CNN:

#Mesh_Basita anti-sexual harassment campaign

لا للتحرش الجنسي

انطلاق حملة #مش_بسيطة لعدم وجود تشريعات تعاقب على التحرش الجنسيكيف تحاربون التحرش الجنسي في بلدانكم؟

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About the KIP Conference:

Opening Session from the KIP Conference:

Article in the Independent

Article in L’Orient le Jour

More links to KIP in the media

KIP Funded Studies

The KIP Funded Studies

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:

Sectarian Power-sharing and Women’s Political Representation: A Lebanese Oxymoron or an Opportunity?

by Carmen Geha, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, American University of Beirut
Krystel Tabet, Research Assistant
Sally Abi Khalil, Project Advisor

 Download here: KIP-Executive-Summary-Carmen-Geha.pdf

The Perception of Students towards Women and the Perception of Women Themselves about their Role and Status in Lebanese Rural Communities

by Nisreen Alwan, PhD, Dean of School of Health Sciences, Modern University for Business and Science (M.U.B.S)
Diana Maddah, Recruitment and Impact Measurement Manager, Teach for Lebanon

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Diana-Maddah.pdf

The Sexual Health of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Lebanon

by Marsa Sexual Health Center
Ayman Assi, PhD, President
Diana Abou Abbas, Project Manager
Sara Abou Zaki, Project Coordinator

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Marsa.pdf

Knowledge, attitudes and practices towards family planning: A national survey in the Lebanese community

by Ghada Khoury, PharmD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Lebanese American University

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Ghada-Khoury.pdf

Sectarianism and National Emergencies: Barriers or Facilitators for Women, Sexual Minorities and Transgender People

by Nadine Naber, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Nadine-Naber.pdf

Facilitators for the effective participation of Lebanese women at work in leadership positions

by Pascale Daher, Doctoral Researcher, Aston Business School

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Pascale-Daher.pdf

Social norms in the workplace in the context of breastfeeding

by Yusuf Sidani, PhD, Associate Professor Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut
Sarah BouDiab, Senior Internal Auditor, American University of Beirut

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Sarah-Bou-Diab.pdf

Social Workers’ Perceptions and Attitudes towards the LGBT Community in the Lebanese Context: An Exploratory Study

by Soins Infirmiers et Développement Communautaire (SIDC)
Nadia Badran, MSW, Program Coordinator & Knowledge Hub Manager
Hala Najm, MPH, Research and Project Coordinator

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-SIDC.pdf

Family, Adulthood, Citizenship and Queer Subjects

by Zeina Zaatari, PhD, Lecturer and Research Associate, University of California, Davis

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Zeina-Zaatari.pdf

Lebanese News Managers: A Comparative Study of Gender in the Workplace

by Sarah Mallat, M.A., Instructor at the Media Studies Department, American University of Beirut
Jad Melki, PhD, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Arts, Lebanese American University

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Sarah-Mallat-Jad-Melki.pdf

Fighting sexual harassment in Lebanon: Where are we now, and how far have we come?

by Nour Nasr, PhD Candidate, SKEMA Business School

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Nour-Nasr.pdf

Attitudes and Practices towards Sexual Harassment in Beirut

by HarassTracker
Sandra Hassan, Myra El Mir, Nay El Rahi, Co-founders

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Nay-el-Rahi.pdf

Perception of Physicians on Women Surgeons in Lebanon

by Eman Sbaity, MD, Surgical Oncologist, AUBMC
Jihad Makhoul, PhD, Professor at Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Eman-Sbeity.pdf

Experience and Attitudes of Harassment and Discrimination from a Subset of Students at the American University of Beirut

by Brigitte Khoury, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, AUBMC 
Trudi Hodges, AUB Title IX Coordinator, Office of the President, American University of Beirut

Download here:  KIP-Executive-Summary-Brigitte-Khoury.pdf

KIP Training Days

The KIP Project’s Training Workshops

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.

Student Training Around Sexual Harassment in Society and Spaces

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.

Check out the Facebook event page to see photos, or read coverage of the training workshop by AUB’s student newspaper, Outlook.

Training Workshop On Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies in Lebanese SMEs

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.

Conference Overview

Why talk about discrimination and sexual harassment?

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:

  • Encourage multi-stakeholder dialogue about gender and sexuality, and more specifically, discrimination and sexual harassment in Lebanon.
  • Support the production and dissemination of knowledge related to these issues in the Lebanese landscape
  • Generate policy recommendations for sexual harassment in the Lebanese landscape
  • Build lasting networks which cut across disciplines and sectors

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.

Read press about the KIP Conference

Student soapbox performances around campus tackle discrimination

Students chat with Mashrou’ Leila as part of KIP conference

KIP conference a forum for diverse voices tackling big issues

KIP panel: Marginalized groups in the political sphere

Saadawi: Women are more than hymens

Tackling sexual harassment positive, but progress slow

مؤتمر عن التمييز والتحرش الجنسي من داخل الجامعة الاميركية

افتتاح مؤتمر حول التمييز والتحرش الجنسي في الجامعة الاميركية

Al Mughtareb

Women, homosexuals, and artists as politicians in Lebanon – @thekipproject

Why Is Sexual Harassment In Lebanon Still A Laughing Matter?

Check out the dialogue from the sessions by clicking through the Storify below:




The files linked below are all powerpoint (.pptx) presentations.

KIP Slideshow

Closing Event

Closing Event 2