LAU and UN unite to end violence against women
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December 21, 2010—
LAU’s Outreach and Civic Engagement unit partnered with the United Nations Information Center in Beirut to raise youth’s voice to end violence against women, with a campaign held from December 10-11.
Under the “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women” campaign launched in 2008 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the OCE unit mobilized LAU student volunteers to raise awareness about the issue among Lebanese youth in particular and civic society in general — both on and off campus.
The campaign started with a press conference on December 10, where LAU President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra and UNIC Director in Beirut Bahaa El Koussy shed light on the importance of this partnership and the steps that youth can undertake to make change possible.
During the press conference, Elie Samia, OCE executive director, said that this initiative is a continuation of the LAU-UNIC partnership as part of which the two institutions “celebrated international UN days related to the Millennium Development Goals aiming at engaging civil society in positive social change.”
Following the press conference, LAU students distributed flyers on the Beirut campus and in the shops surrounding it.
The distribution of flyers expanded the next day. Students from the MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program, along with other student volunteers, went to two major locations in Beirut and its surroundings, City Mall Dora and Jnah Mall, where TSC stores hosted the students and supported them in distributing flyers and exposing the cause to customers.
One student volunteer says: “Some people were responsive while others didn’t care, but if we’re able to reach five percent of the people, then that’s a good start!”