Learn about the KIP Project’s work

Learn more about the KIP Project’s work in phase one and phase two.

Phase 1: Data-gathering and knowledge generation

Private reading circles

The KIP Project is holding interactive discussion sessions where readings related to gender and sexuality are led by an expert and discussed in a private reading circle. So far, three have been held, and two are planned for 2017. The abstracts for the readings can be found below.

The women in science reading circle: Science Readings.zip

The feminist epistemology reading circle:  Feminist Epistemology Readings.zip

The women and economic empowerment reading circle:  Economic Empowerment Readings.zip

Private roundtables

In November 2015, five roundtables were held at the American University of Beirut for the purpose of discussing and identifying areas of research and data gaps relating to gender and sexuality that need to be addressed in Lebanon. The roundtables involved discussions of gender and sexuality as related to education, economic opportunity and empowerment, health and well-being, politics, and legal and civil rights. The participants identified key research questions which led to the development of a call for proposal that was disseminated among individuals and stakeholders interested in conducting research around the topic.

For a full list of the research questions, click here: KIP Roundtable Research Questions.pdf

Funded studies

Following the private roundtables and the subsequent call for proposals, the project has funded white paper reports which are centered around issues of discrimination and sexual harassment. These papers will be presented at the KIP 2017 multidisciplinary conference on March 31st and April 1st, 2017 in the aim of generating policy recommendations for the Lebanese landscape.


Phase II: Knowledge-sharing

Multidisciplinary conference on discrimination and sexual harassment

On March 31 and April 1, 2017, a two-day academic conference will be held to support the production and dissemination of knowledge related to gender and sexuality issues. The conference will be centered around the theme of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment, and will present the findings of the KIP funded studies and will also feature a variety of exhibitions, performances, and other interactive sessions.

Not Your Ashta campaign against street harassment

To gear up for our multidisciplinary conference in 2017, centered around discrimination and sexual harassment, we launched an online campaign falling within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. This internationally recognized campaign began on November 25 – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women- and ends on December 10 – Human Rights Day. To get the conversation started and raise awareness, this online campaign sought to shed light on the issue of street harassment in Lebanon.

KIP Corner in AUB’s student newspaper

The KIP Project’s monthly column in Outlook, the student newspaper of the American University of Beirut, discusses issues related to gender and sexuality in the AUB community, inviting dialogue and discussion in the months leading up to the conference.

“Let’s Talk” interview series

To encourage dialogue about issues of gender and sexuality, we’re highlighting some of these conversations and thoughts on the ways in which these issues affects us at the most basic levels. By featuring interviews with various stakeholders in these issues, we aim to shed light on the perspectives of different actors and regular citizens within the Lebanese landscape.

“Why Talk” quote series

By reaching out to various stakeholders in the Lebanese landscape, the “Why Talk” quote series seeks to contextualize the reasons for discussing issues of gender and sexuality in Lebanon. By asking a variety of activists, researchers, members of the private and public sector, and others, we hope to shed light on the reasons that issues related to discrimination and sexual harassment need to be brought into the conversation.