Lina Abou Habib interview on advocacy strategies, and challenges to and hopes for gender equality (video, English)
Part of a series of interviews focusing on best practices for activists and human rights organizations with speakers and panelists of WLP's "2020 Vision" event, itself part of the 2010 annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City.
Lina Abou Habib is the Executive Director of WLP Lebanon/Collective for Research on Development-Action (CRTD-A). In this interview she describes the campaigning and advocacy strategies that have been most effective for CRTD-A in their fight for gender equality in Lebanon. Discusses organization's stance on 'state commitment of violence against women by action and mission,' failure in responsibility for safeguarding livelihood of women and enjoyment of their rights. Describes key strategies discussed in Women's Learning Partnership event panel, root causes of inequality as patriarchy, learning from forming coalitions, different ways of campaigning and advocacy. Example of Nationality Campaign. Importance of documenting and disseminating knowledge, analysis, importance of linking grassroots with policies and policy making and international arena. Discusses Western view of state oppression. Iran as positive example of resilience and different forms of resistance. Discusses challenges faced, including non-response by state. Advocates resilience, continuity, motivation, using every opportunity to hold government accountable. Discusses hope for next generation. Discusses impact of work of Women's Learning Partnership.