Because financial independence is very important, empowering women in Lebanon campaigns should start from there.
When I first came to Lebanon, I was pleased to hear a lot about empowering women in business instead of gender violence. Although it is a vital issue, I believe that, when women are independent financially, they are emotionally independent too and rather do not surrender to the syndrome of Stockholm, unless they need psychological help, definitely not due to gender violence!
I don’t know if you share with me this belief or not, but educated women are strong and educated women with a fulfilling career are much stronger. So, instead of focusing on negative facts like gender violence, let us focus on positive empowerment harnessing the power of women leadership and women wellbeing in society – gender violence can be the abuse of men as it can be the abuse of women… and hell! I know some cases of women bullying, abusing and beating their companions –.
When first I was introduced to The Blessing Foundation, I was amazed by the professional profile of its members. I am literally against feminism. I do not want to be taken like a man. I am completely different; men come from Mars, women come from Venus! This was a hit few years ago, and is unquestionably a noteworthy truth. I just want to be considered as productive as a man can be. These Lebanese women, members of The Blessing Foundation, were able to prove themselves and act as mentors to help other women succeeding in their business.
I am a fan of Coco Chanel, Diane Von Furstenberg, Indra Nooyi, Christine Lagarde, not mentioning Angelina Jolie whose 40th birthday happens to be today, and a lot of other powerful women in business.
Their motivation was to succeed in their field, and their mission was to find a prestigious place for them in the world. They thought big, throve to reach their goals and they achieved showing the world that educated women are free and cannot be subject to gender violence or gender discrimination.
Here are the most important principles for Women empowerment in the United Nations you might be interested to save:
- To establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
- To treat all women and men fairly at work—respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination.
- To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all women and men workers.
- To promote education, training and professional development for women.
- To implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
- To promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.
- To measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality
Fortunately, these are the principles of The Blessing Foundation for empowering women, in Lebanon so far, and the MENA region very soon!
What really pisses me off is some of the Lebanese TV channels that grabs negative stories just to gain advertisement and money. Unfortunately, they work against the principles of the United Nations empowering women leadership, not to mention they are miles away from the cause. They spread fear instead of confidence and look after the amount of viewers instead of looking after the growth and fulfillment of women. I hope one day my people understand that the majority of Lebanese TV channels only look for financial profit when sharing crucial humanitarian issues, and hope they focus more on the accomplishments of vital organization and NGO to encourage them going forward in their humanitarian cause.