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KIP Multidisciplinary Conference – Documentary

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About The KIP Project

Project Director: Dr. Charlotte Karam
Project Coordinator: Ms. Zeina Mhaidly
Communications Coordinator: Ms. Heather Jaber
Conference Coordinator: Ms. Aimee Ghanem
Olayan School of Business
+961-1-350-000 ext. 3764

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 zm32@aub.edu.lb.

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:

 

 

Media

#Mesh_Basita anti-sexual harassment campaign:

Article in the Independent

Article in L’Orient le Jour

#Mesh_Basita #مش_بسيطة

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

لا للتحرش الجنسي

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

Posted by ‎عربي +AJ‎ on Monday, August 14, 2017

 

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