Guest writer: Layal Khatib*
Security is a very important factor in every individual’s life. We secure our houses, finances, jewelry, cars, and other assets we find valuable, through setting up various defense techniques to counter potential robberies. Technology has taken over our daily activities, and has created additional assets that are now considered as valuable as owning a car or house. This includes digital data like emails, photos, banking accounts, etc. Similar to our physical assets, we have the responsibility of protecting our digital data (and which includes emails, bank details, photos, etc.) against potential security threats, identified in the online-world as cyber threats and crimes.
Securing your online presence does not necessarily require technical knowledge. Below are 5 tips to help you:
Guest Writer: Ghinwa Mikdashi*
One of the biggest pitfalls civil society actors fall into is drafting a strategy that targets others before it targets them internally. Developed well, a strategy serves as your guiding star; your chaperon to ensure that you fulfill your aim towards yourself first, and towards your stakeholders second. Here are some tips that can help guide you in developing a proper strategy:
How to avoid gender-based prejudices in written and oral communication?
Being mindful of the language you use is possibly the easiest way to uphold gender mainstreaming in your personal daily practices. Moreover, gender advocacy through communication can be pursued in your organisation internally and publically through policy and strategy amendments that support gender inclusivity.
Here are some gender-sensitive communication strategies to get you started:
What is the difference? How do we achieve both?
It is helpful to be familiar with the difference between the terms “equality’ and “equity” to better understand how to conduct gender mainstreaming in your organisation.
Lebanon Support’s Gender Mainstreaming Manual offers the following definitions for equality and equity:
Fighting discrimination through gender mainstreaming
Does your organisation have a safe environment where work-related concerns and gender issues can be addressed? Tackling bullying and sexual harassment in your organisation can be among your first steps towards gender mainstreaming and creating a safe work environment.
أهم تحديات تعميم منظور النوع الاجتماعي في عمل المنظمات المحلية في لبنان
في سياق نشر مركز دعم لبنان لدليل تعميم منظور النوع الاجتماعي ومساعدة منظمات المجتمع المدني المحلية على تبنيه، نظم المركز ورشة تدريبية ليومين متتاليين (٤-٥ تموز/يوليو) حضرها عدد من المنظمات المحلية الشريكة لمنظمة دياكونيا وهم: دار الأمل، المرصد اللبناني لحقوق العمال، شبكة المنظمات العربية غير الحكومية للتنمية، أركانسيال، جمعية النجدة الاجتماعية، التجمع النسائي الديمقراطي اللبناني، وجــمعيـــــــــة نبع
Implementing Gender Mainstreaming
Since you now know and understand the term gender mainstreaming*, you can go about learning how to implement it! You can begin gender mainstreaming in your civil society organisation (CSO) by undertaking an analysis of your organisational strategies, communication policies, internal policies, budgeting, programming, and project development.