Lina Abou Habib interview on activism and women's issues in Lebanon
Part of a series of interviews recorded at WLP International with WLP partners following transnational partners meeting, September 2015 (for use in Human Rights webinar).
This interview is with Lina Abou-Habib, Executive Director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development – Action (CRTD-A), Lebanon. She describes background to activism, experience of growing up during war, social indoctrination as woman, Catholic education. Describes formation of organization, 1999, in backdrop of Beijing conference, collective issues of women in MENA region. Describes work on gender and citizenship, nationality campaign, approach and methodology. Describes use of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) manuals, media, lobbying. Describes impact of work in region, legal reform. Describes political system in Lebanon observing patriarchy and complex confessional political system as linked to women’s status.
Describes impact of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) on organizational work, providing support in skills, connections, visibility of campaigns, partner solidarity, unifying collective voice for reform, multiplying international advocacy beyond confines of organization and campaign, new knowledge.