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Overall, economic opportunities for women still lag those of men. Women, on average, earn 75 percent of their male co-workers' wages, and the difference cannot be explained solely by schooling or experience. In many countries, women have fewer educational and employment opportunities than men, are more often denied credit, and endure social restrictions that limit their chances for advancement. In some developing countries women still cannot vote, own property or venture outside the home without a male family member. A wide range of metrics have been developed to gauge the opportunity and treatment afforded women around the world.

Nasawiya (Websites)
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Nasawiya is a collective of feminist activists. What does that mean? Well, two things:

By feminists, we mean individuals who are committed to gender justice and equality. There is no one-size-fits-all feminism, but our collective has come up with a set of basic values that we all agree upon. Some people identify with the term “feminist” very strongly politically or personally. Others refuse to call themselves feminist and still have a lot of passion and commitment for women's issues and struggles. Nasawiyas apply feminist analysis to their social justice work, meaning that they always have an eye on gender dynamics and oppression within social and political struggle, address the systematic structural problems rather than the symptoms, and place women's experiences and voices as central to any solutions and activist work. Feminism is a learning process for all of us and we are continuously figuring things out by listening to each other, challenging our opinions, and reflecting critically on our work and our theories of social change.

By activists, we mean individuals actively involved in gender justice work. Some Nasawiyas work full-time in women's rights; others volunteer a few hours a month. Some are students and some are professionals in different fields. All of us are activists in different capacities, whether by leading our own feminist projects or by discussing gender with our friends and communities. In our jobs, classes, homes, and daily lives, we advocate for equality and social change.

At Nasawiya, we do not have a traditional NGO structure of boards, staff, and volunteers. We are a member-driven collective where everyone is equal and in support of each other's activism. We believe that we are stronger together.

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Established in 1990 by Mrs. Lorinda de Roulet, The Patrina Foundation is a family foundation, spanning three generations.
The Foundation's mission: Improving the lives of girls and women. To fulfill its mission, the Patrina Foundation supports social and educational nonprofit programming designed to meet the unique needs of girls and women in the greater New York Metropolitan area.
Since inception, the Foundation has made grants in excess of $7 million to roughly 350 organizations.

Women Gateway (Websites)
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Women Gateway is a portal that was launched in 2002 as a joint project between Bahrain Businesswomen's Association and Al Nadeem Company for Information Technology. The portal receives special care and ongoing support from the Wife of His Majesty the King and the Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Women, HRH Princess Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa. Women Gateway addresses Arab women and provides them with information and services they need to reinforce their contributions in developing their societies and performance in various occupations and businesses.

The Vision
To build an e-community that spreads information about Arab women and their contributions in developing our societies as well as provides them with information to help expanding their contributions through capabilities of the internet.

Local

The Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training -LOST- is a non profit organization aiming to raise public awareness, especially among youth. It seeks to contribute to the social and economic development of the community of Baalbeck-Hermel by enhancing local capacities and participation in order to create a more developed and equitable society. LOST hopes to make this vision a reality by reducing poverty and eliminating exclusion. Its programs are intended to help, train and educate local residents, be they women, teenagers, or young children.

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On March 8th, 2012, the Women's Information Network (WIN) will present fabulous LIVE celebrations in 176 counties!
Women worldwide will connect to celebrate and honor women past, present, and future, in many exciting ways. Amazing women celebrities, athletes, political leaders, and experts will speak about women's issues today. There will be live musical entertainment and much more!
On this day women will “Celebrate, Commit, and Connect.” They'll celebrate like never before ~ connect as only women do ~ and commit to improve in 3 areas of their lives:
Personal ~ improve their personal health and well being, and their businesses as employees, business owners, entrepreneurs.
Family ~ help their families be healthier and prepare for the future right now.
Country ~ let their voices be heard: to speak up, to make positive changes in their communities/countries.

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The Foundation considers education a crucial part of the development of human capital, Lebanon's number one resource. It believes that all people have the right to access education and knowledge.

Goals

Supporting public schools, universities and vocational institutes;

Strengthening the capacities of young people-empowering them to raise issues that concern them; and

Contributing to developing a vision for the education sector, linked to the job market.

Local

Lebanon Family Planning Association is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, recognized public utility by presidential decree 1427 in 1978, registered with the government under file No 445/AD on 19/8/1969, rectification 436/AD on 10/11/1993
The LFPA was established to follow-up the International and regional efforts in the framework of family planning, and mother and children health, its concerns expanded later to include Population, women and youth issues.

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Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) embody essential elements for a life of dignity and freedom, including work, health, education, food, water, housing, social security, healthy environment, and culture. Human rights provide a common framework of universally-recognized values and norms, both to hold state and increasingly non-state actors accountable for violations and to mobilize collective efforts for economic justice, political participation, and equality. Around the world, activists and advocates are using the framework of ESCR to bolster their struggles for justice and against oppression. In framing poverty and deprivation as violations of economic, social, and cultural rights, an obligation is placed on the state and, increasingly, on corporations and other non-state actors, to prevent and remedy these situations. The ESCR framework helps transform the understanding of human suffering, even in cases initially prompted by natural disasters, as a product of human decision-making, not just as the natural outcome of an “act of god” or the shortcomings of the individual. The ESCR framework puts the onus on those in power to justify or change policies and practices which undermine human rights. Using the ESCR framework, activists have brought legal cases before courts and dispute resolution bodies to demand change, documented and publicized recurring violations, petitioned various human rights enforcement mechanisms of the United Nations and Regional Systems, engaged with UN special rapporteurs, mobilized communities, developed alternative legislation, analyzed domestic budgets and international trade agreements to ensure respect of human rights, and have built solidarity and networks between communities locally and across the globe. ESCR unites women and men, migrants and indigenous people, youth and elders, of all races, religions, political orientations, and economic and social backgrounds in a common struggle for universal human freedom and dignity.

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