In the framework of International Women's Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge, and under the USAID-funded Livelihoods in Forestry Project, the Lebanon Reforestation Initiative (LRI) in collaboration with 'Operation Florian' organized 'an experience-sharing workshop about the role of women in firefighting' (March 12, 2021).
Ms. Asma El Hajal, a graduate student in Ecosystem Management (ECOM), spoke at the conference on Women in Fire Service, describing her experience in fire response during a fire last summer. El Hajal conveyed a clear message that women should not be bystanders but must act when they see a poorly managed state of emergency, especially in the case of forest fires where response is essential during the first 20 minutes.
Ms. El Hajal also participated in a roundtable discussion with International Alert titled 'Understanding the Linkages between Climate, Human Security, and Gender in Lebanon: Finding entry points for cross-sectoral collaboration, exchange, and learning (March 18), where she shared notes about the women's roles as forest watchers and first respondents from home to reduce the impact of forest fires, which have increased due to climate change. She advocated the need for social and qualitative research to trace the women's role in adapting and mitigating water and air pollution.