November 2017- November 2018,
“Understanding the Bodily and Psychic Life of Refugee Women in Lebanon”: A study by CRTDA on Syrian refugee women's social relationships in their various communities in Lebanon, gaining insight into issues linked to agency, privacy and inter-familial dynamics. Focusing on the women's social capital, the study also aims at creating a framework that can help establishing a more targeted approach for humanitarian and development programs. Supported by RLS Beirut.
November 2017 – November 2018,
“The Conditions of Lebanese Workers in the Business and the Service Sector”: A study on the pervasive violations against Lebanese worker's rights, Lebanese social security standards as well as health and safety conditions. Conducted by MARSAD, a “platform of research, implementation, monitoring and observation of cultural policies in the MENA region”, that aims at exposing violations committed by the employers through documentation, press reports and presence on various media platforms. Supported by RLS Beirut
December 2017 – November 2018,
“Prostitution in Lebanon”: There is little awareness and interest in or outside of academia in the legal complexities of human trafficking and prostitution, state regulations as well as the vulnerability of regulated and unregulated sex workers in Lebanon. This study's main goal is to collect information on the Lebanese sex industry and the involvement of General Security in sex trafficking while choosing a distinctive sex positive approach that allows for the sex worker's own agency to be heard. In an attempt to depict a complete picture, this study by May Abi Samra is based on interviews with women working in the sex industry, the Anti-Human-Trafficking and Morals Protection Bureau under the Interior Ministry and General Security personnel.
An Arabic article on the study can be found here.
October 2017 – April 2018,
“Beauty and the Yield – Cosmetic Surgery as Neoliberal Entrepreneurship in Lebanon”: A study by Elia El Khazen, that seeks to analyse the practices of cosmetic surgery in Lebanon in relation to their socio-economic context. While gender-based power dynamics play a substantial role in the beauty industry, the focus lies here on the notions of investment in one's self or one's image that are closely tied to the ideologies of neoliberal entrepreneurship in the middle and lower classes in Lebanon. Key support comes from the banking system that, as the study impressively highlights, has offered and continues to offer lucrative loans for plastic surgery.
March 2018 – ongoing,
“Statelessness”: One of RLS Beirut Office’s main tasks is to make statelessness visible and support counter measures. While on the one hand, we want to shed light on the topic in the context of our region (especially Lebanon and Iraq), we also approach the topic globally and cooperate with UNHCR in their campaign on “Ending statelessness”, as well as the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southern Africa. In Lebanon, we work with the NGO Frontiers Ruwad on the topic.
November 2017 – November 2018,
Study: “Non-Sectarian and Progressive Political Actors in Lebanon”: Following up the “You Stink” movement resulting from the garbage crisis that hit Beirut in 2015, this study by Miriam Younes and Maya al Helou takes a close look at political activism in Lebanon, at the possibilities of organizing outside of sectarian boundaries and on the ongoing transformations since 2015. Based on interviews with 12 active members of different collective groups, it highlights the implications of their survival or disintegration in an emerging neo-liberal Lebanese system.