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TLS Students Choose to Raise the Flag on Gender Inequality in the Workforce

When addressing the issue of the gender gap in the workforce in Lebanon, it is obvious that gender discrimination prevails across all rungs of the ladder. Despite many battles and victories, Lebanese women still suffer from injustices in the workplace. TLS students Mariella El Khoury, Lucette El Bitar, Gaelle Abi Chedid, Victoria Harb, and Corinne Chbib chose to address this issue while unfolding its multi-dimensional aspects.

For the purpose of branching scenarios, the team based their project on a narration script, with a fictional character “Lara” representing the Lebanese woman who goes through different scenarios that depict the journey many Lebanese women face in the workplace.

The short movie shed light on the different forms of the gender gap that Lara experiences: wage gap between women and men, the underrepresentation of women in managerial positions, and the lack of legal support, etc…

During the data collection phase, the team referred mostly to desk-based information and the Lebanese labor law due to a lack of case studies from reliable resources that could have helped them in shaping the main traits of their project. However, the result was rated more than satisfactory; the paper was selected as one of the top 10 papers.

The student-based learning methods empowered the students to show off their creativity and competitive abilities in presenting their thoughts and the results of their investigative research in a creative way.  Mariella, Lucette, Gaelle, Victoria, and Corinne presented the challenges women face at the workplace, and staged the long and hindered path women tackle in a simple creative, and fun animated approach.  For sure, this approach of unraveling the inequalities did not make the problem simple; instead, it narrated it in an artistic approachable way.  For sure the TLS students will not accept to walk that path but will advocate and work hard to promote policies that promote equality.

“TLS encouraged us to publish our work on women empowerment platforms and introduced us to different NGOs that may help us transfer our written research to practical actions […] Next semester, some of us are planning to enroll in the gender discrimination in the workplace course to widen our knowledge on the subject and hopefully be able to be a part of the change in our country” affirms the team while stressing on the numeral benefits that TLS program offered her in a very short time frame.

 


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