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International Women’s Day – March 8th

“Leadership lies at the heart of YWCA as a movement.” Over the years, YWCA volunteers and staff have built a platform from which women have raised their voices and discover that together they are capable of improving their world, individually and collectively. In the process, they have developed their own leadership skills and expanded their world views.

The International Women’s Day on March 8th, is an occasion when women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences come together to celebrate their Day. They can look back to a tradition that represents decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

Since 2010, YWCA-Beirut celebrated the International Women’s Day by organizing an event to promote and honor achievements of outstanding Lebanese Women. The honorees so far were:


2010: Leyla Assaf, an award winning film director, script-writer and producer.


2011: Claudia Marchelian, a renowned and popular Lebanese script writer, actress and critic.


2012: May Arida, a woman who participated in founding and organizing the Baalbeck International Festival.


2013: Nidal El Ashkar, a Lebanese artist who played a leading role in launching the theater movement in Lebanon and the Arab world.


2014: May El Khalil, a peacemaker, founder and president of the Beirut Marathon Association.


2015: Linda Matar, an activist who struggled for more than 60 years to amend the laws discriminating against women, and for the Lebanese democratic civil state.


2016: May Chidiac, journalist with exceptional courage and perseverance.


2017: Honoring 20 women, General Directors in Public Office.



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