NAYAl Lebanon celebrates IWD 2020

The theme for 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, in line with UN Women’s campaign “Generation Equality."
by Mohamad Shour and Maysaa Ajjan

2 March 2020 | 18:24

Source: by Annahar

Poster used by “Women in the spotlight” event. (Source: Facebook)

March 8 marks International Women’s Day (IWD). Millions of women will be celebrating this holiday, and Lebanese women are no exception.

The theme for 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights," in line with UN Women’s campaign “Generation Equality."

Also, to commemorate this day, the month of March will be filled with multiple events dedicated to women’s rights. From art galleries to film festivals and panel discussions to honoring triumphs of Lebanese female athletes, the celebrations are sure to add color and vibrancy to the small bustling city of Beirut.

Militantes au cinéma

This french-themed event started on the 29 of February, and will conclude on March 4.

As part of the celebration of feminism, Nadi LeKol Nas, a Lebanese cultural association, offers a tailor-made program of several sessions at the Cinema Montaigne.

With a selection of contemporary and legacy films from both France and Lebanon, the strong women of cinema will allow you to rediscover images, themes and even stereotypes from the industry.

IWD March

This march is set to occur on March 8 to commemorate International Women’s Day. At around 12 pm, organizers will be ready at two meeting points: The National Museum and Order of Engineers & Architects. At around 1 pm, crowds are set to take off, heading towards Riad Al Solh.

Woman in the revolution

Also in celebration of IWD, the Young Women’s Christian Association of Beirut will host a talk on March 9.

Set to start at 5 pm at their headquarters in Ain Al Mraisse, this Arabic talk will discuss the woman’s role in the October 17 revolution.

Women in the spotlight

This two-day event, hosted by Round the Corner, will occur between March 7 and March 8. The event will bring together architects, artists and socially-aware individuals, with different activities spread throughout the weekend.

The program includes talks, discussions, stand-up comedy, yoga workshops, garage sales, live music, drink and bites, and much more. These activities will be run by women who started local initiatives that are environmentally-sensitive, putting these women “in the spotlight.”

Honoring pioneer Lebanese women athletes

On March 7, the LAU Continuing Education (LAU CE), in collaboration with the Sports Academy School (SAS), will honor pioneer Lebanese women athletes at the Lebanese American University starting at 11 am.

This is an occasion to manifest our athletic patriotism towards women who’ve defied social expectations and managed to thrive through boundless perseverance. It also comprises the signing of an MOU between LAU CE and SAS for the new Elite Fitness Diploma.

Bazaar Azār

For the second time, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture will host an artisanal event on March 7 called Bazaar Azār in celebration of Women’s International Day. The event will take place from 11:00 in the morning till 7:00 pm.

As part of the event, a market for arts, crafts, embroidery and food, all made by women participating in the event, will take place. Attendees will be able to purchase from a wide range of items, supporting women-led initiatives.

An empowered talk with empowered women

The Full Circles, a public relations and engagement company, will host and organize a talk by various women, giving tips on how to “build resilience in a time of crisis.”

Set for March 19, the talk will include multiple ways of dealing with the crisis; mentally, financially and even physically.

Beirut International Women Film Festival

Organized by Beirut Film Society, this festival’s third edition aims to honor films produced and directed by women who hail from more than 18 countries. It also aims to honor actresses of Lebanese origin who have taken their craft to a whole new level.

The opening ceremony, to be held at Casino Du Liban on March 8, will start by honoring Lebanese actress Takla Chamoun. Then, between March 9 and 13, multiple screenings of a wide selection of films will be held at the Grand Cinemas in ABC Dbayeh, and several actresses of Lebanese origin will be commemorated. .

IT'S TIME… International Women's Day 2020

In collaboration with the Al Bustan International Festival, the Delegation of the European Union in Lebanon organized a women’s DJ night at the KED venue set for March 7 at 8 pm.

Before the party starts, women from all across Lebanon will give talks that include empowering personal testimonials.

After concluding the talks, five talented women DJs will take over the decks back-to-back playing music ranging from a wide array of different genres; from funk to electronic beats to reggae, 80s music, rock and much more.

Let the celebrations begin!


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