The conference kicked off with an opening event for students, a fire-side chat with popular local band, Mashrou Leila.
- 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.
On March 31, the KIP Conference opening ceremony set the tone for the next two days of sessions.
- 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.
A Plenary Panel on Policy followed, facilitating discussions about the
current regulatory landscape around sexual harassment within the Lebanese context.
- 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.
A major highlight of the event was the Keynote Conversation with world-renowned novelist, Dr. Nawal El Saadawi.
- The writer discussed issues related to the veil, female circumcision, and sexual harassment.