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Regional Commission Honors Arab Women Voices


On the occasion of International Women's Day, ESCWA honored Arab women voices: singer and poet Jaheda Wehbe, Palestinian-American poet and scholar Lisa Suhair Majaj and Palestinian-Lebanese filmmaker Carole Mansour. Held in cooperation with the Resource Center for Gender Equality (ABAAD) and under the title "Voices of Arab Women," on 5 March 2015 at the UN House, Beirut, the ceremony saw the participation of Second Vice Chair of the National Commission for Lebanese Women Lama Tammam Salam, and Lebanese Minister of Displaced Persons Alice Chabtini. Lebanese media figure Rabia Zayyat was master of ceremony at the event, which opened with a videotaped message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the occasion, and included speeches by Under-Secretary-General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf, Minister Chabtini, and Judge and Member of the Libyan National Dialogue Commission Naima Jibril who tackled the issue of "Women in Decision Making". Attendees listened to singer and poet Jaheda Wehbe, poet and scholar Lisa Suhair Majaj, who recited poetry from her collection "Geographies of Light". Under the title "Women's Issues through the Lens of Films," filmmaker Carole Mansour presented a documentary on the status of women. Closing remarks for the ceremony were delivered by ESCWA Center for Women Director Samira Atallah.

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