American Univesity of Beirut



Mohamad Baker El Harake Junior Researcher

Mohamad Baker El Harake (Lebanon) is currently engaged as a junior researcher in a regional research project involving the mapping of feminist networks in the MENA region. 

Elissa Hilal All Girls Code Executive Team Lead

Elissa Hilal (Lebanon) is currently fulfilling her roles as executive team lead of All Girls Code, the president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Lebanese Red Cross Mission Chief and has been additionally been selected for the TLP pilot CreateX program

MEPI-TLS Scholars Speak on their Experience with the Program

Several MEPI-TLS scholars expressed their gratitude for taking part in the MEPI-TLS program. Here are some of their inspiring success stories and testimonials:

Sabine Shehab (Lebanon), “Being a MEPI gender scholar has empowered me in the most heartfelt and intellectual manner. Unlike any other scholarship program, MEPI-TLS, has given me the space to speak, listen ,and feel seen–at last. "

Kareem Kiwan (Lebanon): “The MEPI-TLS program is such a great opportunity for undergraduate students, like myself, to be introduced to gender on a more academic level. It also helped me identify certain stereotypes and preconceptions I had internalized – a process I don't think I would have been able to do on my own. “

Sinan Faiad (Lebanon), “I thought that I was aware of the many issues, women in particular, face in the workplace. However, MEPI-TLS helped me realize that there is a big difference between being aware of something and being educated about it. This program will help ensure a better trajectory towards gender equality in Lebanon. I know it's a long road, but it is a step along the path."

Grace Hajinazarian (Lebanon), “Participating in MEPI-TLS has taught me how important it is for me as a nurse to always introspect on my own understanding of masculinity and femininity, and how I can contribute to effective change that is inclusive through always advocating for the right causes."

Kayanne Toutounji (Lebanon): “As long as we keep rejecting chauvinist attitudes with good arguments that we learned from the MEPI-TLS program, I think we would be making use of a powerful weapon that can alter the assumptions that many societies happen to hereditarily have. 

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