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July 2015 - Volume 2015, No.6


Requesting UN support for attaining women’s rights in Lebanon

By Hana Rustom Archbold

Requesting support from the United Nations (UN) for attaining women’s rights in Lebanon the Middle East as adopted in the Beijing Platform.


Most of the problems with domestic violence in Lebanon are stemming from the fact that the country has been residing under a debilitating war that took a huge toll on the economic situation. Poverty and lack of opportunities for work is making it extremely difficult for families to sustain a descent humane standard of living. Men have been predominantly the main source of providing for their families. The lack of opportunity has made it nearly impossible to provide. This problem generated a new phenomenon whereby the husband, the father or the brother resorts to extreme domestic violence against women and children in order to release their frustration. Women and children have become the victims that pay the highest price, their lives. 

This problem is exacerbated by the fact that the Lebanese government does not provide any protection by law to a battered woman. They treat this issue as a private and a personal affair between the male and his significant others. This situation is leading to an alarming number of women being killed by their husband in the recent past. Men that end up killing their wives spend few months in jail at best and they get released. Men get released by merely accusing their wives of adultery. The lack of serious punishment is encouraging other men to commit equally heinous crimes.

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Story of the Month

    My Australian Muslim story, By Lebanese Australian Nadine Rabah.

    So what is my Australian story? My Australian story began in 1982, with my mother migrating to Australia when she was 11 years old. My childhood memories are filled with stereotypical Aussie pastimes, backyard cricket and playing footy in the middle of the road. I played with my two brothers and what seemed to be countless cousins (and yes I was the only girl).

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Quote of the Month

    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Little Gazette!

    Stories from River Road. A walk through Mar Mikhael’s oldest tales, By Ana Maria Luca.

    Not much remains of those golden days. On a walk through the side streets in Mar Mikhael, Elias Geara’s great-grandson remembers his childhood in the neighborhood. ‘The dates are not really clear. But these are the oldest houses in Mar Mikhael.

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Here, There and Yonder

  • The Lebanese Canadian Society of BC ( WLCU Vancouver Chapter) hosted the LEBANON pavilion at the Fusion Festival in Surrey, BC
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  • The story of a Lebanese sculptor Moulding a grand Lebanese narrative out of stone, bronze, and gypsum, By Nathalie Rosa Bucher
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  • Kahlil Gibran: The Prophet with no religion, By Zeina Abou Faour.
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Interviews & Profiles

  • An interview with Sarah Chreif ( Developer in KAFA’s program on preventing abuse against migrant and domestic workers).
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Culture & Multiculturalism

  • A Modern-Day "Slave Trade" Sri Lankan Workers in Lebanon, By Reem Haddad.
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  • Lebanon The women's movement
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  • THE INVISIBLE SCARS: Verbal abuse is abuse.
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  • LEBANON: Move to take domestic violence cases out of religious courts, By Annasofie Flamand
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  • The History Of The Rights & Common Struggles for Lebanese Women, By Dr A. Tony Elhage
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  • Update: We're not racist, but she's black, By Mira Abdallah
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  • We’re not racist, but she’s “black”, By Myra Abdallah.
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Economy in Lebanon

  • Lebanese women in Business: Leading the way in Lebanon, one woman at a time, By Brooke Anderson
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  • Lebanon's creative entrepreneurs, By Mona Alami
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  • How tobacco is enabling women in southern Lebanon, By Myra Abdallah.
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Lebanese Emigration

  • The Rotary club in Lebanon has an interesting gathering of Rotarians of Lebanese descent from around the world.
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  • Librasil: Lebanese Brazilian in Eastern Bekaa Valley, By Ana Maria Luca.
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  • The Lebanese Diaspora: A Civil Solution for Extreme Choices” By Raed H. Charafeddine, First Vice-Governor - Banque du Liban
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Roots and Wings

  • A grand farewell: Dame Marie Bashir on public, private life and the 'extraordinary' Australian spirit
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  • The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, Lebanese Australian longest governor of NSW.
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Various Publications

WLCU Archives

  • NGO meeting: How to minimize meeting mutiny and retain some sense of workplace harmony.
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  • What are some effective ways to lead an NGO teleconferenced meeting?
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  • Leading an effective NGO meeting, from the Schedule to sharing the meeting information.
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United Nations(UN) News

  • ESCWA Centre for Women (ECW), established on 1 October 2003, in Beirut Lebanon
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  • Politically Speaking is the online magazine of the UN Department of Political Affairs
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  • S-G Ban Ki-moon, Remarks commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Charter of the UN.
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