Author Archives: Safa Jafari

Still not enough

Last month marked Women’s Day on 8 March. It was time to revise what Lebanon had achieved in its promotion of women’s rights and what it yet had to work on; particularly since it ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1996. But even before ratifying the

Lebanon Abiding

Yet another Arab struggle To date, the Arab world’s battle with its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has seen sharp regional and intra-country discrepancies, mainly brought about by inequality in wealth, service and resource distribution. There are also questions surrounding entrenched gender inequality, the questionable will of governments, no-target policies and weak governance. According to a

Building Lebanon: NGOS do their bit

As Lebanon wraps up an extraordinary year of tragedy and hope, the world’s international bodies continue to execute their projects for the development and well being of Lebanon and its people. Executive looks at the achievements of some of Lebanon’s major NGOs in Lebanon as well as their plans and expectations for 2006. Greenpeace During

Slipping Through Our Fingers

This year marks the beginning of the International Water for Life Decade, from 2005 to 2015. The United Nations, through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Health Organization, have designated the next ten years, beginning last March 22, 2005, to focusing global attention on what should be obvious: water for life, and

Neglecting the plight of the world’s poor

Five years after setting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the United Nations, world leaders gathered last month to assess their progress in achieving them at the World Summit in New York. If any indicators were needed to this end, the UN Human Development Report 2005 (HDR 2005) has arrived in the nick of time to

Getting skills that won’t pay the bills

Higher education: Youth for the job market or the job market for youth? A common complaint amongst our youth is the lack of jobs available in their chosen fields of expertise. But are students or educational establishments really responding to demand, or are we opting for career paths based on traditional perceptions of success, status

Bringing Palestinians back into the workforce

Employment integration: a political economic threat or a deserved right? The recent decree issued by the minister of labor, Trad Hamadeh, allowing Palestinians born in Lebanon to work in a range of private sector jobs previously restricted to Lebanese citizens is a positive development in the provision of human rights but one which needs further