A workshop on “Empowering Women’s Rights and Duties in the Countryside Societies” was organized by the Public Health Department at MUBS on Saturday March 4th, 2017. The workshop highlighted the results of a research study supported by the US Department of State, the American University of Beirut, and the Research Office at MUBS and led by Ms. Diana Maddah and Dr. Nisreen Alwan from the School of Health Sciences as part of the Knowledge is Power- KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality in Lebanon.
The project studied the perception of students in rural schools towards women and the perception of women themselves about their role and status within their communities. Results demonstrated a necessity of interventions, similar to the one organized in Mimess, Hasbaya. The awareness sessions tackled women's rights and empowerment in two parts, the first targeted women residing in the town, and the second addressed young school students.
The ladies attending the first part were introduced to the topics of leadership, self-efficacy and body image, economic justice, and human rights, based on the needs of the community, especially in under-served areas. In the second session, school students were provided with information and data on human rights, the important role of women in society, and their achievements. The workshop integrated activities defining the concepts of citizenship, duties, human rights, and empowerment to help attendees understand and apply these concepts in an experiential learning environment. Certificates of participation were distributed to the participants at the end of each session.
The workshop comes in line with the University’s dedicated efforts to community service and social advancement, days before International Women’s Day celebrations.