SheDecides Day activities: Lebanese American University

Location: Beirut

Date: Lead up to SheDecides Day

SheDecides Champion Lina Abirafeh, the Director for Women's Studies in the Arab World at Lebanese American University, and her colleagues organised several events around SheDecides Day on and off campus. Organisers are carrying the SheDecides Manifesto around to all of their events between February and March in order to garner awareness and gather more support for the movement.

Events include:

Screening of NOUR
Beirut, Lebanon

NOUR is a feature fiction film written, directed and produced by Khalil Dreyfus Zaarour. It is about forced child marriage, based on true stories of girls forced into marriage at an early age. The director met dozens of women, listened to their accounts and adapted it to fit the screen, in order to address this critical issue.


Food 4 Thought: 'Misplaced Guilt'
Byblos and Beirut, Lebanon
Food 4 Thought is a monthly non-formal speaking series that is held in both Beirut and Byblos for the LAU community - all students, faculty, and staff. Sometimes it is also open to public.

SheDecides to vote: Panel Discussion
Beirut, Lebanon
This panel discussion will be led by two leading gender and elections specialists in Lebanon, and will focus on bodily integrity within the electoral process: how she has the right to vote when she wants, and for who she wants.

Al-Raida Journal: SheDecides Special
Online distribution
IWSAW oversees an in-house journal called Al-Raida – the “pioneer” in Arabic – which publishes pieces about, and from Arab women, and on issues related to communities within the Arab region.

Country Gender Profiles

Mini research documents (1-2 pages) providing an overview of SheDecides-related legislation in the Arab States. This research will be done in collaboration with Gender 101 students from LAU Beirut.

#SheDecidesArabRegion / #SheDecidesMENA

Social Media Campaign / Using information from past and current research, IWSAW will manage and mobilize an online social media campaign on how She Decides applies in the Arab region.

IWSAW Occasional Paper Series: SheDecides Special
IWSAW’s Occasional Paper Series publishes work from a variety of authors located across the Arab region and abroad on issues related to the work that IWSAW does.