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Remembering Mona Chemali Khalaf


DSC_8428 copy.jpgThe Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World honored and remembered its former Director, Mona Chemali Khalaf, in an event held on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Ms. Khalaf was the director of IWSAW from 1997 until 2005. She was an advocate for women empowerment, a founding foremother and a distinguished professor at the Adnan Kassar School of Business (AKSOB). Over a hundred people gathered to remember her.

“As we continue to champion the cause that was so dear to Mona Khalaf’s heart, we recognize that each accomplishment builds on those of our founding foremothers,” said Lina Abirafeh, IWSAW Director. “Everything we have achieved until today at LAU and IWSAW is thanks to the efforts of our founding foremothers.” 

At the event, people shared fond memories of Khalaf, including this powerful quote: “Once having started, however, no matter how scared we get, how dangerous it becomes, we are not allowed to turn back.”

IWSAW bids farewell to its former director Mona Chemali Khalaf, an accomplished academic and a women’s rights advocate who was a pillar in the women’s rights community.”

Remembering Mona Chemali Khalaf


Director’s Update: January 2018

To kick off 2018,

We organized:

-       A Food4Thought on Gender in the Qu’ran, presented by Dr. Maria Dakake.  The talk included a thorough analysis of the Qu’ran, followed by a lively discussion about specific verses.

-      A training for SOS Children’s Villages Lebanon Social Workers on the use of the Basic Living Skills Program (BLSP) educational kit, to build their capacities and equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to help improve the lives of children, youth, and families.

-      A human rights discussion about “Improving Livelihoods and Increasing Socio-Economic Opportunities in Situations of Ongoing Insecurity.” Participating CSOs talked about the insecurity situation in Lebanon, in addition to the means at their disposal to improve livelihoods of Lebanese people as well as refugees.

We honored:

-       Mrs Mona Chemali Khalaf, our beloved ex-Director of IWSAW, in an event held on January 25, 2018, honoring her life and accomplishments, and featuring ex-colleagues, friends, and family. May she rest in peace.

We met:

-       With AUB students to discuss the possibility of involving LAU student clubs on a panel during a youth and student led conference around Title IX.

We attended:

-       A training on Participatory Action Research & Data Collection, within Direct Action for Women: Reform, Inclusion, and Confidence Project (DAWRIC).

-       A training on Monitoring & Evaluation prepared by BALADI Cap.

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