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حملة إعلامية: #مش_بسيطة

The campaign

Currently, there exists no national legislation specifically confronting sexual harassment in Lebanon. To confront this lack of laws, a number of initiatives by civil society organizations and government entities have recently pushed for legal reform to address sexual harassment in public spaces and at the workplace. Within the last few years, draft laws criminalizing sexual harassment in public spaces and in the workplace have been prepared and submitted by various bodies, the latest of which is now pending voting by the parliament.

The Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, in partnership with the KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality at the Olayan School of BusinessAmerican University of Beirut,  is launching “Mesh Basita,” a national campaign that aims at highlighting the need for legislation around sexual harassment within the Lebanese landscape and mobilizing the general public’s opinion towards pushing for legal reform. While many often tend to downplay instances of harassment, suggesting that these are part of everyday social life, this campaign hopes to highlight the many forms harassment may take in an effort to draw attention to the fact that they are violations.

In order to confront the idea that sexual harassment is not a serious issue, “Mesh Basita” stands for the idea that sexual harassment is “not okay.” Offering a double meaning through a message of empowerment, it also suggests that the person is not naïve and that they are taking a stand against harassment. In doing so, the campaign ultimately aims to highlight the need for legislative reform around sexual harassment in Lebanon.

How to get involved

From July 31 to August 15, 2017, the general public is invited to share their photos, videos, and text which show that sexual harassment is “not okay” and that mechanisms are needed to confront it at the national legislative level in Lebanon. Those interested can use the hashtag “مش _بسيطة#” or “mesh_basita” across various social media platforms in an effort to provide a range of messages around the issue of sexual harassment in Lebanon.

Members of the general public are also invited to take pictures or videos using the “mesh_basita” stickers that will be available pickup locations listed at www.thekipproject.info/mesh-basita.

The campaign encourages all members of the public, including members of private sector, public sector, academia, and civil society, to share their messages. By gathering voices across sector and discipline, the campaign aims to highlight the pervasiveness of the issue and the need for collective action.

 For additional information about the campaign and how to get involved, contact: communications@thekipproject.info or info@womenaffairs.gov.lb