Alhawiat - Women and resilience in the Middle-East

Alhawiat - Women and resilience in the Middle-East Alhawiat is an association exploring the identity changes and memory of women during conflicts in the Middle-East. We are gathering the testimonies of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian women, and empowering them through story-telling and a photography.

Alhawiat is an association founded by the photojournalist Chloe Sharrock, exploring memory and identity transformations of women in times of conflict in the Middle-East, and giving them a voice. Establishing the first chapter in Lebanon, Alhawiat is gathering the testimonies of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian women and empowering them through story-telling and photography in order to promote peace-building and identity reconstruction. Leading to an exhibition mixing pictures, archives, and soundscapes but also a web-platform, Alhawiat tends to develop itself in other countries, and develop conferences and workshops based on every women's stories. ​ Building a collective memory from individual stories is necessary for the identity construction of a society, in order to prevent the mistakes of the past to be repeated.

Alhawiat is an association founded by the photojournalist Chloe Sharrock, exploring memory and identity transformations of women in times of conflict in the Middle-East, and giving them a voice. Establishing the first chapter in Lebanon, Alhawiat is gathering the testimonies of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian women and empowering them through story-telling and photography in order to promote peace-building and identity reconstruction. Leading to an exhibition mixing pictures, archives, and soundscapes but also a web-platform, Alhawiat tends to develop itself in other countries, and develop conferences and workshops based on every women's stories. ​ Building a collective memory from individual stories is necessary for the identity construction of a society, in order to prevent the mistakes of the past to be repeated.

Hariri Just announced his resignation!
29/10/2019
Hariri annonce qu'il va démissionner de son poste de Premier ministre

Hariri Just announced his resignation!

Hariri annonce qu'il va démissionner de son poste de Premier ministre Le Premier ministre libanais, Saad Hariri. Photo d'archives REUTERS/Aziz Taher Liban OLJ/Reuters 29/10/2019 1$ Abonnez-vous dès A+ A- Le Premier ministre, Saad Hariri, a annoncé mardi qu'il va présenter au président Michel Ao...

For Sama
26/10/2019
For Sama

For Sama

Ahead of tonight's UK TV premiere of the critically acclaimed documentary For Sama, filmmaker and award-winning director Waad Alkateab and her husband Dr Hamza al-Kateab talk to Channel 4 News.

WATCH: For Sama, Channel 4, 9pm

The Arab Institute for Women - AiW
20/10/2019

The Arab Institute for Women - AiW

Women are the voice of change, of power, of #peace in #Sudan, #Iraq, and #Lebanon.

Compter les occurrences du mot «cool» (ou sa déclinaison «c’est ouf») dans Sœurs d’armes comme dans les discours qui acc...
11/10/2019
«Sœurs d’armes», rafales de rien

Compter les occurrences du mot «cool» (ou sa déclinaison «c’est ouf») dans Sœurs d’armes comme dans les discours qui accompagnent sa promotion, serait une façon paresseuse mais éloquente de saisir en partie le malaise que le film fait naître. L’actrice Camélia Jordana, dont le personnage tend à user de ce terme, déclarait d’ailleurs lors de l’avant-première : «C’est des meufs qui font tout sauter, c’est cool !»

Deux Françaises (les relais du spectateur), en proie à l’ego-trip de l’engagement radical, vont d’ailleurs venir s’y enrôler la bouche en cœur, comme d’autres partent en colo humanitaire. On y fait des feux de camp, on choisit un «nom cool de guerrière», les entraînements sont à la dure mais la bande-son les adoucit avec une aberrante guitare folk.

La polémiste Caroline Fourest tente de rendre hommage aux combattantes kurdes dans un film de fiction équivoque et embarrassant.

A growing chorus of Arab women is offering an alternative to the typically male, often autocratic voice that dominates w...
24/09/2019
Arab Women Are Tired of Talking About Just ‘Women’s Issues’

A growing chorus of Arab women is offering an alternative to the typically male, often autocratic voice that dominates within their own societies (and in Western portrayals of the region). Through a variety of media, from journalism to television to literature, they are undermining the long-held narrative of Arab women as docile and submissive.

This is what emerges clearly from the recently published anthology Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting From the Arab World, a book edited by the Lebanese journalist and writer Zahra Hankir that brings together 19 essays by women journalists, all of them Arab or Arab American.

More and more female writers, journalists, and artists are offering an alternative to the typically male, often autocratic voice that dominates the Middle East.

A must-watch: motherhood in times of conflict. "These vignettes, now stitched together with the British film-maker Edwar...
19/09/2019
For Sama review – searing story of a Syrian warzone baby

A must-watch: motherhood in times of conflict.

"These vignettes, now stitched together with the British film-maker Edward Watts, comprise the most compelling screen study yet of how this conflict blitzed everyday life. The new mother struggles to put the youngster to bed as terrifyingly loud shells explode; she notes the insecurity that comes from seeing friends shot down and your neighbourhood pummelled into craters. Sama derives from the Arabic for sky, yet here the name becomes synonymous with hope, a promise of better times to be protected at any cost."

A student documenting the siege of Aleppo kept filming when she became pregnant. The result is a profoundly moving study of horror and hope

Eva Janadin et Anne-Sophie Monsinay, ces deux imames, ont pour projet de créer une mosquée progressiste, ouverte à tous,...
12/09/2019
Le renouveau de l’Islam passera-t-il par les femmes ?

Eva Janadin et Anne-Sophie Monsinay, ces deux imames, ont pour projet de créer une mosquée progressiste, ouverte à tous, où femmes et hommes seraient sur le même pied d’égalité dans la prière. Si des mosquées mixtes ou destinées aux femmes existent déjà notamment aux Etats-Unis, en Allemagne ou encore au Danemark, aucun lieu de ce type n’a encore ouvert ses portes dans l’hexagone. Pourtant, dans le Coran, aucun verset n'interdit à une femme de conduire la prière. Le renouveau de l’Islam passera-t-il par les femmes ?

Samedi dernier à Paris, deux femmes imames ont guidé la prière musulmane. Un fait inédit en France d’autant que l’assemblée était totalement mixte, la cérémonie majoritairement célébrée en français, et le port du voile non-obligatoire.

À écouter ! Psychologie, traumatisme de la guerre et déni de la mémoire collective. "Ce qui est particulier en étant psy...
21/08/2019
Islam sur le divan (2/4) : Et si Beyrouth "pensait ses plaies" ?

À écouter ! Psychologie, traumatisme de la guerre et déni de la mémoire collective.

"Ce qui est particulier en étant psychanalyste libanaise au Liban, c’est le genre de patients avec qui j’ai dû travailler, ou j’ai choisi de travailler. J’ai eu beaucoup de patients qui sont des traumatisés de la guerre. […] On est tous des créatures endommagées par la guerre. Mais sur le divan, les traumas enfouis et insoupçonnés sont inimaginables. [...] C'est le moteur ou l'explication de certaines choses qui se traduisent en souffrance actuelle."

Avec ses premiers thérapeutes formés en Europe, la psychanalyse s’est implantée à Beyrouth depuis plusieurs décennies. Mais la société psychanalytique libanaise initiée par Mounir Chamoun dans les années 70, a volé en éclat et reste aujourd’hui divisée.

TDS takes stance on situation in Lebanon
08/08/2019
TDS takes stance on situation in Lebanon

TDS takes stance on situation in Lebanon

The Daily Star abandoned its print edition Thursday to take a stance on the deteriorating situation in Lebanon, and calling on officials to "wake up" before it is too late.

Summer read : For over a century, women have played an active role in campaigning for disarmament including, most notabl...
25/07/2019
Women’s peace activism can end conflict

Summer read :

For over a century, women have played an active role in campaigning for disarmament including, most notably, through the work of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) which was established in 1915 amidst war. Committed to peace and undeterred by their exclusion from the public realm, the women who organised to advocate for peace and disarmament had to adopt creative strategies to be heard in the male-dominated world of inter-State politics. The story of disarmament itself has quite a short pedigree. The Hague Peace Conference of 1899 marked the first attempt by States to advance disarmament – or more specifically, arms limitation – through an international forum. No woman was among the 100 or so delegates who attended the conference.

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Alhawiat is in this month's issue of Gazelle Magazine ! An interview about our goals, our vision of the project and the ...
04/07/2019

Alhawiat is in this month's issue of Gazelle Magazine ! An interview about our goals, our vision of the project and the situation of women in the Middle-East.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are being forced to tear down their own homes in the face of an aggressive new campaign by th...
02/07/2019
Syrian refugees forced to destroy their own homes in Lebanon

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are being forced to tear down their own homes in the face of an aggressive new campaign by the Lebanese authorities to pressure refugees into returning home.

Demolition ordered by military leaves 5,000 families homeless again, says charity

More than half the refugee girls living in Lebanon's capital face sexual violence and harassment regularly, report says....
18/06/2019
Refugee girls in Beirut 'face sexual violence, forced marriage'

More than half the refugee girls living in Lebanon's capital face sexual violence and harassment regularly, report says.
Based on surveys of 400 girls aged between 10 and 19, the study on Tuesday described the multiple threats of abuse girls faced growing up in Lebanon's capital city.

Girls spoke of being harassed or chased by men and boys, while others expressed concern about being kidnapped or raped.

More than half the refugee girls living in Lebanon's capital face sexual violence and harassment regularly, report says.

ISIS has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic co...
14/06/2019
ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape

ISIS has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts. A growing body of internal policy memos and theological discussions has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just last month. Repeatedly, the ISIS leadership has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Quran and other religious rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous.
“Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,” said F, a 15-year-old girl who was captured on the shoulder of Mount Sinjar one year ago and was sold to an Iraqi fighter in his 20s.
The systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was reviving slavery as an institution. Interviews with 21 women and girls who recently escaped the Islamic State, as well as an examination of the group’s official communications, illuminate how the practice has been enshrined in the group’s core tenets.

Claiming the Quran’s support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool.

Since the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, a central pillar of the women, peace and security (WPS...
05/06/2019
Gender, Masculinities, and Counterterrorism

Since the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, a central pillar of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda has been bolstering the participation of women in peace and security processes. Normative arguments claim that women bring an alternative view to peace and security policy, and research supports this to an extent, finding that women’s unique social roles often add a critical perspective to peace negotiations. In part, because women are more likely to play roles as civilians, rather than combatants, they bring different experiences and priorities to the peace table.

How do you stop — or at least mitigate — the harm done by sexual and gendered violence in humanitarian crises? That’s th...
23/05/2019
Analysis | How do you reduce sexual and gender violence in conflict? Consider these five key issues.

How do you stop — or at least mitigate — the harm done by sexual and gendered violence in humanitarian crises? That’s the topic for this week’s international conference in Oslo, where governments, United Nations agencies and nongovernmental organizations are coming together to discuss commitments and solutions.

One topic that will probably arise is the recent controversy over U.N. Resolution 2467, which calls for ending sexual violence in conflict, holding perpetrators accountable and assisting survivors. Until late April, the draft resolution mentioned the importance of sexual and reproductive health services for survivors of sexual violence in conflict. But the United States threatened to veto the resolution — ostensibly because of the Trump administration’s hard-line stance against abortion — and got that language removed.

That angered advocates who’ve worked for decades to get the U.N. to build and commit to a “Women, Peace and Security” agenda — which treats women as central to preventing conflict, peacemaking and helping communities recover after violence. These advocates lamented that loss as a “decisive setback” that unravels decades of work to establish essential services for survivors and sets a “dangerous precedent” for the future of the agenda.

Today’s Oslo conference could help redirect the world’s efforts.

Au Liban, tous les prétextes sont bons pour évoquer la mémoire de leaders décédés, de martyrs tombés sur le champ d’honn...
09/05/2019
Faute de récit fédérateur unique, des commémorations sélectives et polémiques - Zeina ANTONIOS

Au Liban, tous les prétextes sont bons pour évoquer la mémoire de leaders décédés, de martyrs tombés sur le champ d’honneur ou raviver le souvenir d’événements ou de batailles menées lors des heures sombres de la guerre. Sauf que la plupart de ces commémorations s’exercent dans des cercles partisans très fermés et ne concernent que des tranches précises de la population, au détriment des commémorations nationales. Au Liban, il y a beaucoup plus de mémoire liée à des partis que de mémoire commune. On peut même se demander s’il n’y a jamais eu de mémoire commune.

« Il faut encourager les commémorations reliées à la mémoire collective, tout en étant réalistes », estime l’historien Wissam Saadé.

It seems everyone has ownership over the woman’s body except the woman. However, decisions on women’s bodies and reprodu...
01/05/2019
Who owns the female body?

It seems everyone has ownership over the woman’s body except the woman. However, decisions on women’s bodies and reproductive rights are constantly discussed by men — erm many-, and publicly. Opinions are given about rape cases by people not involved in the crime. The woman’s body is not only used as a channel for war crimes, but its ownership has been used for decades as a political tool.

Women have been fighting for ownership of their bodies for decades, yet the cycle repeats.

Women’s rights are again being called into question, and demands for sexual and reproductive health and rights are met i...
23/04/2019
Opinion | Sexual violence is rife in war zones. We must take action.

Women’s rights are again being called into question, and demands for sexual and reproductive health and rights are met in some quarters with open hostility. Risks for human rights defenders have grown. And we have been unable to hold to account the architects of mass atrocities in Syria and Myanmar.

Nowhere has this retreat been more visible than in wars and post-conflict situations. Rape and other forms of sexual violence are used as a tactic of war and terrorism in conflicts around the world. Though we have seen the first international prosecutions focused on charges of rape and a range of international commitments — such as a pledge not to include amnesty for rape in peace agreements and greater effort to improve training for militaries and for peacekeepers — impunity is still the norm.

Despite progress, impunity is still the norm.

There were a few news that we forgot to share these last months ... Mercoeur talks about our initiative on their blog !"...
18/04/2019
Regards Croisés : Les Nouvelles Routes de la Voix

There were a few news that we forgot to share these last months ... Mercoeur talks about our initiative on their blog !

"Que deux personnalités comme Diane Semerdjian et Chloé Sharrock, fondatrice de l’association et photoreporter indépendante, s’intéressent à la mémoire libanaise des conflits au travers de témoignages féminins reflète bien la permanence des enjeux et la communauté de destins qui unie, d’une rive à l’autre de la Méditerranée, les communautés confrontés à l’exil, aux deuils, aux tragédies nationales et personnelles, aux souffrances et aux traumatismes."

Avec ses Initiatives Croisées, le collectif Mercoeur inaugure un nouveau format entièrement dédié à la promotion d’organisations, d’entreprises, de mouvements ou de personnalités aux activités rela…

The 13th April 1975 marks the beginning of the Lebanese civil war. 44 years later, we invite you to discover Alia's test...
17/04/2019
Alia| Alhawiat - Resilience and memory in Lebanon

The 13th April 1975 marks the beginning of the Lebanese civil war.
44 years later, we invite you to discover Alia's testimony, a a former nurse of the Lebanese civil war that turned her experience into peace building.
She’s now part of the association Fighters For Peace محاربون من أجل السلام, an association gathering former fighters from different parties, that are now promoting together peace and reconciliation across Lebanon and the Middle-East.
https://www.alhawiat.com/alia

Alia was a former fighter and nurse during the Lebanese War. She now fights for Peace.

Can women save the world? A ripped Captain Marvel can rescue us from intergalactic enemies, but down here on planet Eart...
17/04/2019
Opinion | What Happens When Women Stop Leading Like Men

Can women save the world? A ripped Captain Marvel can rescue us from intergalactic enemies, but down here on planet Earth a new paradigm of female leadership is emerging. A year ago, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand was famous for being a world leader who gave birth while in office. Then came the slaughter in the Christchurch mosques and overnight the gravitas in her angular face beneath a hijab became an iconic image of global humanity.

Jacinda Ardern, Nancy Pelosi and the power of female grace.

Many of the times when trauma is thought to have echoed down the generations via epigenetics in humans are linked to the...
02/04/2019
Can the legacy of trauma be passed down the generations?

Many of the times when trauma is thought to have echoed down the generations via epigenetics in humans are linked to the darkest moments in history. Wars, famines and genocides are all thought to have left an epigenetic mark on the descendants of those who suffered them.

Our children and grandchildren are shaped by the genes they inherit from us, but new research is revealing that experiences of hardship or violence can leave their mark too.

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Alhawiat is an association founded by the photojournalist Chloe Sharrock and the International Relations analyst Diane Semerdjian, exploring collective memory of the Middle-East through the resilience mechanisms of women in times of conflict. Establishing the first chapter in Lebanon, Alhawiat is gathering the testimonies of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian women and empowering them through story-telling and photography in order to promote peace-building and identity reconstruction. Articulated around a photography and multi-media project and a multi-disciplinary pole of research, Alhawiat invites researchers, psychologists, analysts and much more to reflect around each woman’s story, through articles and conferences. ​ Building a collective memory from individual stories is necessary for the identity construction of a society, in order to prevent the mistakes of the past to be repeated.

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Hello everyone, I am a Palestinian director from lebanon. I am currently working on my first Palestinian feminist feature film "Ayyoube" and for that sake we are raising funds on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ayyoube If you or anyone you know can donate, support, share, or spread the word, please do! Help us make a Palestinian film especially in these very hard times!!