CRTD-A concludes regional campaign meeting in Beirut: Arab Spring may bring political changes, but women activists need to be more vigilant than ever

July 12, 2011

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Feminist organizations from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, and Lebanon convened a meeting in Beirut on June 27th and 28th, hosted by WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A. Partners from Bahrain were unable to attend due to the unstable security situation in their country. Participating organizations are active members of WLP International as well as the Equality without Reservation Coalition.

Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A)

June 28, 2011

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Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A) provides technical training and support to non-governmental organizations, governmental partners, researchers, and international agencies in areas of social and community development, with an emphasis on gender equality and equity. CRTD-A focuses on qualitative, participatory, and action-oriented social research, and produces original literature on gender and development, gender mainstreaming, gender training, social development, civil society, and poverty. CRTD-A also provides consultancy services for non-governmental organizations and other development actors in gender related areas.

Regional Coalition and Advocacy Planning Meetings for the Citizenship and CEDAW Campaigns in Lebanon, June 2011

June 24, 2011

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Local events being held by CRTD-A, June 2011

On June 24 2011, WLP Lebanon/CTRD-A brought together 100 women who are involved with the Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign for a consultation and planning meeting, to organize a public advocacy event on the campaign. This event came in the wake of the appointment of a new government in Lebanon, and the increasing concern for Lebanon's commitment to the full implementation of CEDAW, notably through the reform of the family laws and of the discriminatory nationality laws. WLP will continue to provide updates on the events connected with this initiative.

On June 27 and 28 2011, CRTD-A will be convening an annual regional meeting of the coalition of organizations that work together on the Claiming Equal Citizenship and Equality without Reservation campaigns in Beirut. The working group will be discussing the events of the Arab Spring in the region, and how these events have impacted, and will continue to impact, women and women’s rights. The group will also collaborate on a press release regarding women’s participation in the Arab Spring, and the emerging critical issues for women in the region, particularly with the growing visibility and mobilization of fundamentalist religious and political groups.

‘My Nationality is a Right for me and my Family’ campaign calls on the new government to reform the nationality law, and to endorse the new family code and petition for the protection from family violence

June 24, 2011

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After nearly five months of negotiations, Lebanon’s government announced the formation of the new Cabinet, with Prime Minister Najib Mitaki at its head. The absence of women from the new Cabinet has sparked controversy and angered women’s rights groups throughout the country, and has added to the continuing tension between political factions. As the appointed government prepares to draft its ministerial statement, the ‘My Nationality is a Right for Me and My Family’ campaign urges the Mikati government to uphold the Lebanese state commitment to ensure equal citizenship through the reform of the discriminatory nationality laws.

News from May 2011 Rabat Convening on Women and the Political Transitions in the MENA Region, and a Call for Action

May 25, 2011

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On May 20, 2011, representatives from civil society, women’s rights organizations, international organizations, including UN Women, the public sector and the diplomatic corps from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon, convened in Rabat for a regional seminar on Women and Democratic Transitions in the MENA region.

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