I was invited more than 10 years ago by an association of psychologists in Montreal (Quebec- Canada) to testify about my experience as a war survivor. The main theme was ‘Resilience’ and my hosts and colleagues defined it as having a positive attitude, optimism, and the ability to change one’s life even after a misfortune. […]
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We Fear the Unknown, and Prefer to Keep it Locked up!
This is Lebanon. Here, we have degrees of citizenship. Its factors are skin color, nationality, gender, sexuality, age and profession. We dona��t consider foreign workers to be human. We treat them inhumanely; we overwork them, we exhaust them, we dona��t give them the space every human being needs, we expect the very best of them […]
Entre deux rives (Canada et Liban)
Je publie à nouveau ce matin un de mes articles parus dans l’Orient-le-Jour et dans la revue du Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour (2006). A l’époque, nous avions, mon mari et moi, pris la décision de retourner au Liban, pour des raisons tant familiales que ‘nationalistes’. Il faut dire que notre visite lors de l’été 2006 […]
About the Crisis of Celibacy in Lebanon
JK, mid-40s, I’ve known him since 5 years now, he is in charge of the entertainment at our place; not his main job, he rather does it as a hobby. A very decent man, workaholic to the max and dependable as no one else, seeking a life partner, sometimes desperately, but not finding any. Straight […]
How married/divorced women are usually perceived!
The way society views married women is a shock to me. But then again, why should it surprise me? This society has no respect for anything, no respect for anything at all. Yes, I’ve been told on many occasions that there aren’t a lot of men who think like I do. Yes, Ia��m becoming more […]
"Weak, undependable, defective and inferiors" ? More than enough!
I have been a girl that lived in a conservative society for my whole life. Thank god, to a point my parents were a bit loose. But that doesn’t mean I have not seen what a cruel moral and physical treatment a woman receives. So next, I’m not going to talk about women’s right in […]
Building the “Greatest Jihad” movement in Lebanon
University summer courses are over, but war isn’t! Working for a better social political management in Lebanon, as well as for human rights and peace is a continuous process, a lifetime struggle paved with numerous obstacles, and especially: extremist mentality and movements characterized by bigotry and bias, occupying most Lebanese ‘spaces’ (political, social, cultural, religious, sectarian,…) […]
I woke up a Girl!
Today I woke up a Girl, I began my daily routine as usual; I cleaned up, brushed my teeth, combed my hair, I got dressed, and drove to the Campus. On my way there, a billboard on domestic violence caught my attention. Will a paper, or a law, solve the sexual discrimination issues? Well at […]
Women's Rights in Lebanon: Illusion or Reality?
Abusive partners, marital rape, domestic violence, does it sound familiar? Recently, media is covering even more of these tragedies that are affecting Lebanese women on a daily basis. Unfortunately, laws that protect women’s rights are out of question in this country due to several reasons: financial, social, and religious Many Lebanese women are housekeepers. They […]
Women's Rights are Human Rights
I have always been close-mouthed when someone asks me “What do you think about women’s rights in Lebanon?” Shouldn’t we have human rights before thinking about those of women’s? It is true that women’s rights are somehow worse than men’s, but they are not THAT worse. Whether it is a girl, woman, boy, man or […]