Presentation & Discussion
Mo 17 Jun 2024 | 17:00–18:30

Braving Dual Crises: Ukrainian Women Navigating Lebanon's Turmoil and War Back Home

Dr. Guita Hourani provides an overview of Ukrainian women's activism in Lebanon.

Online event via ZOOM

Ukrainian community in Lebanon protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine at Martyrs' Square in Beirut on February 24, 2023
photo by Nadiya Dragan-El Chiti

In Lebanon, the Ukrainian community is budding, predominantly composed of women, relatively small, and dispersed across the nation. These women found themselves contending with Lebanon's financial and political turmoil when Russia attacked their homeland on February 22, 2022. Despite facing the challenges of both crises, they came together under exceptionally challenging circumstances to act as activists for Ukraine. This presentation will provide an overview of the domestic and homeland contexts in which these women became activists, followed by an exploration of women's motivations for activism, encompassing humanitarian efforts, online resistance, and transnational political action and policy advocacy. The presentation concludes by asserting that, consciously or not, these women have challenged conventional narratives and stereotypes, transcending predisposed prejudices to engage in politics and contributing to the discourse on diaspora-homeland relations.

With a Ph.D. in Global Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Japan, Dr. Guita Hourani has established herself as a prominent figure in the fields of migration, refugees, citizenship, foreign labor, and youth and women's employment. Highlights of Dr. Hourani's career include the founding of the Lebanese Center for Migration and Diaspora Studies at Notre Dame University, where she significantly contributed to the global understanding of Lebanese migration dynamics. In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Hourani has provided expert testimony in complex legal cases involving immigration, naturalization, asylum, and family law. She also serves as a country information expert for several international institutions. Before her return to Lebanon, Dr. Hourani worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C., with notable engagements, including collaborations with the World Bank. Currently, she serves as an Expert on Citizenship at the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship (EUDO) and holds senior research fellow positions at Ukraine Catholic University, Ukraine; Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan; and the Holy Spirit University, Lebanon.

 

The presentation language is English.

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