Zeina Sfeir, Kafa and Christian Dior on Helwi Beirut’s episode 65

Hi all,

Our main guest today was educational expert Zeina Sfeir who gave advice to parents on how to educate their children and captivate their attention when it comes to studies.

In our Law segment we met with Lara Dagher who talked about the importance of the economical role of women in Lebanon and how women participate actively to improve this sector.

We met with Pascal Ingea  from the Association for the protection of the Lebanese heritage that is a civil association for the preservation of the Lebanese heritage. They represent a cultural entity interested in revitalizing the cultural sense within the Lebanese society and the interest in said society’s historical/cultural background. Mrs Ingea assured that this is a laîque, non political movement, this is an association with strictly cultural activities. Their work (short and long term projects) aims at the preservation and promotion of cultural and historical aspects of the Lebanese identity.

Our next guest was Nabil Abdo from the Kafa organisation who shared with us their new campaign that promotes approaches and strategies of working with men for ending domestic violence in the Middle East.  KAFA started implementing a programme on the promotion of different innovative strategies in working with men and boys to end violence against women in the Middle East in partnership with Oxfam GB in 2009. This project is pioneering in this area, it is an attempt to bridge the knowledge gap and highlight the positive gains in including more men in the struggle to end VAW, and it has been a great success. Two research studies on domestic violence were conducted. One study was based on secondary data from different women organizations working on VAW in Lebanon called “Women facing violence” by Dr Azza Beydon. The other study on gender and masculinity  was based from questionnaires from men in the rural region of Baalbeck in Lebanon called “The Effects of Socialization on Gender Discrimination and Violence Case Study: Lebanon” by Jinan Usta.

Our next guests were Hadia Debs Ghandour and Sinan Hallak from the Yuki Press associationMrs. Hadia Debs Ghandour grew up and was educated in Japan, then France and Lebanon. She became a reporter for Japanese public television on NHK.   Later she worked for the prestigious Christie’s Fine Arts. Such a varied background has equipped her with the interest and ability to pursue Yuki’s core values. Yuki Press was established in 2004 to fill a gap in the market for distinctive Arabic books for children.  Since then it has also branched out into English and French.  

We also met with Karine Zoghbi and Elias Shnayss from the AFDC association who talked to us about the book launching of the first of its kind environmental tree nursery book entitled : Forest Nurseries in Lebanon for native species production. It mainly has 4 chapters that talk about seeds collection processing, production, planting, and maintenance. The book is a joint collaboration project between AFDC and IUCN (international union for conservation of nature) with the revision of both the Ministry of Agriculture and the ministry of environment and with the financial support of the Spanish ministry of Foreign affairs through the Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Hope you enjoyed today’s episode.

Have a nice night!

Love,

Helwi Beirut


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Helwi el-Hayet discusses your favorite topics every week day at 4:30 p.m. Beirut time. From fashion to psychology to books to art to nutrition to cooking and coaching (and much, much more), Helwi el-Hayet is here to shed light on the latest trends and to share with you reports, interviews and recipes from Lebanon and the region!
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