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Challenges and proposals for women's access to justice
 

Within the program of women’s access to justice, Justice Without Frontiers organized a workshop about the challenges and proposals for women’s access to justice within the Civil Status law in Lebanon, and that was held in the Bar Association on 27/07/2017.
After the Lebanese anthem, the opening session was followed by a speech delivered by the attorney-at-law Ekbal Dogan, Head of the Families Committee, who highlighted the importance to continue requesting access to real justice. She also confirmed that this is possible through organizations that follow up and work on such issues.




Second, attorney-at-law Brigitte Chelebian, President of Justice Without Frontiers, explained the project’s workflow ever since its first year until year six, and highlighted the success stories it achieved. Esq. Chelebian concluded by thanking the attendees for their participation, mainly the Lebanese Army, and highlighted its achievements by the Army Day on August 1.
The opening session’s last speech was delivered by attorney-at-law Walid Dayat, representative of the President of Beirut Bar Association attorney-at-law Antonio Hachem.
The first session tackled children protection in implementing the resolutions of visits, accompaniment and custody. The first part tackled the challenges and proposals to implement the resolutions of visits, accompaniment and custody with attorney-at-law Brigitte Chelebian, whereas the second part discussed children protection in terms of visits, accompaniment and custody cases, in accordance with the provisions of law 422 with Mrs. Amira Succar, member of the office in charge of the affairs of the Union for the Protection of Juveniles.
The first session resulted in several recommendations, most of which requested the examination of children protection in terms of the child’s right and non-alignment to any of the parties, neither the father nor the mother.



The second session tackled the conditions document of the marriage contract in Islamic confessions, on the fact and application levels. The first section included the identification of the conditions document, its terms and validity, with attorney-at-law Hanadi Chbeir.
At the end of the workshop, certificates were distributed to the participants and attendees including attorneys-at-law, representatives of women organizations, security forces, army and general security.
The workshop was fruitful, full of proposals which Justice Without Frontiers shall take into consideration so as to submit them to the competent authorities.


Women Marathon
Women activists within the Lebanese Forces Party organized a race in the city of Byblos entitled “Run for Women”. More than three thousand participants of different ages took part of the race, in presence of several political and media figures as well as numerous people interested in women issues.
In this context, Justice Without Frontiers played a major role in the marathon especially that the said organization is the patron of this activity, not to mention mobilization and participation



Further, the social support network took part of the race in order to stress women’s role, being half of the society, and her right to access decision-making positions. Mrs. Therese Sarkis, member of Justice Without Frontiers, ranked first. The race was followed by cups distribution to winners and Mrs. Sarkis obtained the rank 1 cup.

Through its platform, Justice Without Frontiers distributed water bottles holding the organization’s hot slogan in order to obtain legal consultation: “for women’s access to justice, if you need any legal consultation call 70/800820”.


Moreover, 2018 calendars were distributed and which include Justice Without Frontiers code and the photo of the graffiti that was previously drawn by the organization in Nabaa.


 
Even though the organizer is based on a political background, shedding the light on the importance of women gave several organizations and the participating individuals the opportunity to participate, setting political affiliations aside, while confirming that supporting women and granting them the priority to access the finishing line constitute hope for a starting point towards a more just society.


Law students training
Ever since its establishment, Justice Without Frontiers aims at gathering a largest team of fighters in terms of women’s access to justice case, through a series of trainings among which we mention two about gender, leadership and participation in civil life, the first was destined to law students from different universities and the second to attorneys-at-law

The first session took place for three days from December 2 till 4, 2017 in Padova Hotel with the trainee Danielle Abou Moussa. The session was attended by a number of students from the Lebanese University, NDU Zouk Mosbeh and the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik. During the training, an environment of friendship and motivation was created which facilitated communication between participants who confirmed continuous communication with Justice Without Frontiers in future activities.

In a similar context and under the same title, a second training session was organized in Beirut Bar Association in collaboration with Women’s Committee and under the patronage of the President of Beirut Bar Association attorney-at-law Antonio Hachem. The session was attended by 40 attorneys-at-law. Moreover, women activist Esq. Manar Zeaiter tackled the gender issue, international agreements, the leader’s characteristics and other topics on December 20 & 21, 2017. The session was very effective due to the great interaction and motivation to draft a memorandum that includes effective proposals to implement the resolutions relevant to visits and accompaniment issued by the Catholic Spiritual Court.
At the end of both sessions, certificates were distributed to the participants in appreciation of their promising efforts aiming at making the society a better place and while bearing the responsibility to start at a certain starting point.



Graffiti
 “Women’s access to justice” a broad title encompassing numerous claims making some people ask “what will you be able to do?” It seems that this title includes many gaps which Justice Without Frontiers is aiming at overcoming them so that the way of justice remains passable.
On the international justice day, Justice Without Frontiers organized an activity on 18/07/2017 so as to reflect the image of women’s access to justice on a wall in Nabaa and which included a large number of poor and abused women who are in dire need for raising awareness and support in order to acknowledge their rights.
It is to mention that the said activity is not the first of its kind. In fact, Justice Without Frontiers continuously aims at women’s involvement and social support network in several activities, round tables, and raising awareness sessions so as to claim women’s rights and others.


 
The activity initiated from this wall to flick the dust of ruthlessness, pain, poverty and ignorance, this dust that burdened many people. It is high time to defend rights, it is high time to let women know that they are capable of accessing justice because nothing is impossible, on the contrary, the will has always existed and perseverance is latent.
Through his coloring plume, artist “Alfred Bader” erased the painful memories and sowing hope, strength and awareness instead. These colors added joy the moment they were drawn on the wall, colors that danced to the music ever since the beginning until the last touch. Bader’s plume was accompanied by the social support network’s plumes at Justice Without Frontiers that came to color the faces of children with drawings of their choices.



In a relevant context, another team of participants were also writing sentences that express their desires as well as their handprints to confirm their claims unity and working together to attain them.
Awareness Session at Haret Sakher

Justice without frontiers, conducted an awareness session at Haret Sakher's official school.

It was about the types of violence that women faces in our society. The awareness session was based on communication with the studends and an ambaince of interaction and participation emblmed the session. 

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