One Day One Struggle: Seminar on Sexuality in Lebanon

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Beirut-based LGBTQ groups Meem and Helem are holding on Monday, November 9, 2009 at the American University of Beirut (AUB) a seminar on sexuality entitled “One Day One Struggle”.

The event takes place between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM at AUB’s West Hall.

Heading the panel are experts and activists who will address the challenges facing sexual and bodily rights in Lebanon. The speakers will be:

  • Rasha Moumneh (Human Rights Watch)
  • Dr. Faysal El Kak (National Reproductive Health Programme Consultant)
  • Hiba Abbani (Helem)
  • Nadine Moawad (Feminist Collective)

odos-lebanonThe gathering is in association with the Women’s Rights Club and the Health Sciences Expertise Club at AUB.

The seminar is part of the international campaign “One Day One Struggle” organized by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), an international solidarity network of progressive NGOs and premier academic institutions in the Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, working to promote sexual and bodily rights as human rights in Muslim societies.

As part of this historic campaign, which is taking place on the other 9/11, over 20 organizations will hold simultaneous actions and events in 11 countries to promote and assert that sexual and reproductive rights are universal human rights based on the inherent freedom, dignity and equality of all human beings.

In next week’s issue of Bekhsoos, we’ll report on Lebanon’s sexuality seminar as well as offer highlights from other events, actions and demonstrations in other countries around the world.

Sometime in the first decade of the 21st century, Joelle found queer and feminist activism, which only added to her always being lost – in thought, that is. Joelle likes to wander (or is it ponder?) the world, read books, listen to her – yes, her – music, and mull over her existence, the human condition, and the thoughts zooming through her mind when she’s running or biking in the city and beyond. Queer existentialism anyone?

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