KIP Conference on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

On March 31 and April 1, the KIP Project held its Multidisciplinary Conference on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment at the Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut. More than 600 attendees gathered over these two days to discuss these issues as they relate to health, education, politics, economy, activism, art, media, and more. Hundreds of attendees joined in on the dialogue, posing new questions about the landscape of gender and sexuality in Lebanon.

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  1. The conference kicked off with an opening event for students, a fire-side chat with popular local band, Mashrou Leila.

  2. As the opening event, the KIP Project in collaboration with the Equity and Title IX Program, Office of the President, invited AUB students to a "Fire-side Chat" with the band Mashrou Leila on March 29th at the Olayan School of Business. Over 100 students attended the dialogue and addressed their questions to the band during interactive Q&A sessions.
  3. "We are quite adamant about the fact that we are artists, we're musicians, and through that medium, we are able to discuss topics." --- @mashrouleilagram talked art, activism, politics, and pop culture last night at the opening student session of the KIP Conference on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment. The dialogue continues on March 31 and April 1 at @aub_lebanon. Join us! #AUBKIP17
    "We are quite adamant about the fact that we are artists, we're musicians, and through that medium, we are able to discuss topics." --- @mashrouleilagram talked art, activism, politics, and pop culture last night at the opening student session of the KIP Conference on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment. The dialogue continues on March 31 and April 1 at @aub_lebanon. Join us! #AUBKIP17
  4. On March 31, the KIP Conference opening ceremony set the tone for the next two days of sessions.

  5. Opening the conference was KIP Project Director Dr. Charlotte Karam, AUB President Dr. Fadlo Khuri, Olayan School of Business Dean, Dr. Steve Harvey, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at AUB, Dr. Nadia Cheikh, Consul General, Ms. Jewell Evans, and Representative of the Minister of State for Women's Affairs Ms. Abir Chebaro.
  6. A Plenary Panel on Policy followed, facilitating discussions about the

    current regulatory landscape around sexual harassment within the Lebanese context.

  7. On March 31, a plenary session on policy was held in collaboration with AUB's Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, featuring officials, activists, policy-makers, and lawyers who discussed the current regulatory landscape around sexual harassment in Lebanon. The panelists discussed the draft laws criminalizing sexual harassment and paths for moving forward.
  8. Sneak peak at our policy panel held in collaboration with @ifi_aub where there were many varied perspectives on the issues from officials, lawyers, and activists. #AUBKIP17
    Sneak peak at our policy panel held in collaboration with @ifi_aub where there were many varied perspectives on the issues from officials, lawyers, and activists. #AUBKIP17
  9. A major highlight of the event was the Keynote Conversation with world-renowned novelist, Dr. Nawal El Saadawi.

  10. The writer discussed issues related to the veil, female circumcision, and sexual harassment.
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