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Awareness session on Personal status law At St. Elie- Anthelias
In the framework of raising awareness and training women to know about their Personal Status Law as a part of "Women's Access to Justice" Project (WAJ), Justice Without Frontiers held a series of awareness raising sessions on Catholic Personal Status Law.
 
Ms. Tania Toutounji, Project Officer for WAJ project presented a definition about JWF and its work on spreading the culture of human rights and providing legal support for women and children in particular what is related to personal status laws in “Women access to justice". She indicated that the aims of the project to support vulnerable women, who are victims of exploitation or women in need of legal assistance in the Ecclesiastic Courts.
 
 In the same context, the paralegal Ms. Marie Feghali provided a detailed explanation of the most prominent laws related to issues of marriage, divorce, custody, alimony and other details. The meetings included series of discussions and interventions by women whom they shared their opinions.
 
Women attending the awareness session expressed their interest and how they can benefit from that information and they expressed their desire to mainstream the knowledge to their friends.


 
Seminar on "justice is my right" to fight violence against women
Justice Without Frontiers organized in collaboration with the Lebanese Forces and supported by Samir Geagea, a seminar under the title:”Justice is my right”, Friday December 6, 2013 at Hotel Alexander – Ashrafieh, within the framework of seminars and awareness sessions carried out by the organization with all Lebanese political parties in their quest to raise awareness and knowledge on women's right to access to justice and human rights in the Lebanese laws and international conventions, and to develop the strategies needed.
Me. Brigitte Chelebian president of Justice Without Frontiers had a speech in which she spoke about the multiple forms of violence, including physical, emotional, sexual, economic and legal violence.She pointed out that Lebanon has not ratified until now on the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. She announced the opening campaign of 16 Days of Violence Against Women, which starts from November 25 and end on 10 December, in collaboration with Oxfam, within the framework of the campaign “Together for women's access to justice”.
On the other hand, Dr Simon Karam explained in his speech on the impact of violence against women physically and psychologically. He pointed out that "a woman out of five in the EU are exposed to violence, and that the percentage of battered women in Jordan is fifty percent," stressing that "violence causes multiple forms of mental disorders that adversely affect women and children”. He concluded explaining how to deal with such cases and methods of treatment.
Commander Bay announced the training elements of the internal security forces on how to deal with battered women and how to speak to them. He explained that they equipped 11 judicial detachments, each of which includes an office to investigate, and beds in case battered women need to disclose forensic.He announced the issuance of a memorandum of service of the Directorate General of Internal Security Forces titled assets to communicate with battered women, and train them on how to receive the elements contacted by battered women and how to communicate with them and guide them.
MP Elie Keyrouz tackled the legal aspect of violence against women, which stressed on the need for Lebanon's commitment to all international treaties and conventions. He focused on prejudice against women in the Penal Code in any crimes of honor, and the provisions of adultery, rape, marrying the victim’s aggressor, and the exception of the wife and sister in the third section of Article 549 sanctions. He announced that he provided and MP Strida Geagea's, a proposal that aims to abolish the law, Article 562 of the Penal Code or the so-called honor crimes error and it has been approved by the Chamber of Deputies and canceled by the above-mentioned article.
Mass on the Intention of Justice Without Frontiers
Abouna Yaakoub family celebrated the mass at Der Al Salib with Vicar Bishop Samir Mazloum on the intention of “Justice Without Frontiers” and its project “Women’s access to Justice”. At the end of the mass, the project officer Tania Toutounji introduced the audience about the organization services and its role in the legal awareness of women’s rights and their right to access legal information. Abouna Yaakoub’s family expressed interest in the project and we agreed to conduct an awareness session soon. A beneficiary of the free legal consultation gave her testimony and told us about her struggles with her husband and how she knew about the organization and stood by her side.
Paralegals Training
Justice without Frontiers held a training workshop for a group of women paralegals within the project “Women Access to Justice" in November 15th, at the headquarters of the International Management and Training Institute (IMTI) - Dawra from 9:00 am till 2:00 in the afternoon.

The workshop focused on the methods of "Communication and Negotiation", in order to enhance our paralegals' skills in dealing with women, in addition coordinating and planning for awarness sessions. After sharing the experience of three paralegals and one of our lawyers, we  discussed the problems they faced and suggested supporting actions to facilitate their work.


Engaging Lebanese University law students
In the frame work of engaging young law graduates & senior students in Women Access to Justice Project, JWF held two days training workshop with Lebanese University Senior Law Students in Jal El-Dieb.
The training started with an introduction about JWF and WAJ project in terms of supporting vulnerable women to access to justice
It focused on introducing the students to women’s rights and family status laws as they were given a brief about the Catholic Personal Status Law provided in the awareness sessions.
The workshop also aimed to point on the importance of a lawyer's humanitarian mission and crucial role in facilitating justice and empowering the marginalized.
On the other hand, students had the chance to learn more about WAJ flow in providing legal services and consultations for women.
 
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