Jan 15, 2012
On January 14, 2012, hundreds of people defied the rain and took to the streets of Beirut to protest against rape.
Protesters marched from Sanayeh to Riad El Solh square in Downtown Beirut, where security officers cordoned off the area to prevent them from reaching the Lebanese Parliament.
As the crowds gathered in the square, organizers read statements that called upon the Lebanese Parliament to:
Sep 4, 2011
To commemorate World Sexual Health Day (September 4), an art exhibit entitled “Good Sex/ Bad Sex/ No Sex/ Your Sex” was held at AltCity, in Hamra.
“Sexuality is such a profound part of our life. So is art,” explained event organizer Rola Yasmine, member of the Youth Initiative Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). ”What we did here is create a space for...
Jun 18, 2011
On June 17, 2011, tens of people gathered in front of the Saudi Embassy in Beirut in solidarity with Saudi women who defied the ultra-conservative Kingdom’s rule against women being able to drive, risking arrest and violence.
Click here for videos of several Saudi women who braved the roads behind the wheel.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Even though...
Jun 5, 2011
On Saturday, June 4, 2011, which coincides with the World Environment Day weekend, Beirut Green Project held a public intervention called Green the Grey in Sassine Square, Achrafieh.
The objective of the initiative was simple: Take over a grey space and make it green as a reminder to all those responsible that public green spaces are a right, not a privilege.
In a part of the Square, organizers laid...
Jun 2, 2011
From approximately 1975 through 1987, Naji Al-Ali created cartoons that depict the complexities of the plight of Palestinian refugees, with Handala, the refugee child, as their centerpiece. “The child Handala is my signature,” Naji Al-Ali says. “I drew him as a child who is not beautiful; his hair is like the hair of a hedgehog who uses his thorns as a weapon. Handala is not a fat, happy, relaxed,...
Aug 19, 2010
There’s been a lot of talk lately of insufferable traffic jams and endless bottlenecks in and around Beirut.
The influx of tourists and visiting Lebanese expats has surely exacerbated the number of cars on the mostly ill-equipped roads of this tiny country that already boasts over 1.3 million cars (1 car for every 3 persons) and where public transportation – limited to buses – is an...
Mar 8, 2010
Photo courtesy of @mozzoom
On this year’s International Women’s Day, the feminist collective Nasawiya - of which I’m a member – organized a “Take Back the Night” march through the streets of Beirut, the first such event in Lebanon. Over 100 people braved the sometimes dismissive onlookers and the wary police who trailed us throughout the...