Fadia Bazzeh volunteered to report from the
frontline during the war
Journalist and single mother Fadia Bazzeh was working as a news producer for the Lebanese channel New TV when Israeli warplanes bombed southern Lebanon in July 2006. Despite the danger, she volunteered to go and report from the frontline.

During that summer of war she saw her village decimated and a colleague die. But she stayed to report events because she wanted the world to know what was happening.

So one year on, Lebanon is not only recovering from that war but is now reeling from a series of political crises.

What role can women play in bringing stability to the troubled nation?

Our guest is Lamia Osseiran of the Women's Council in Lebanon and she tells Everywoman that Lebanese women are active in all areas of society but have no elected representation at parliament level. That, she says is the challenge they have to overcome to be truly representative.

De-Mining

Hanan Khalil and Naamet kasseb find and defuse
bombs in Lebanon

One of the legacies of the war with Israel is still having deadly consequences in southern Lebanon. Around a million cluster bombs were dropped by Israel towards the end of the war. Just over a tenth have been cleared and those that remain continue to kill or injure civilians every day.

The job of mine clearance used to be exclusively male. But now organisations are training women to find and defuse the bombs.

Everywoman was given exclusive access to a UN demining unit.

We followed Hanan Khalil and Naamet Kasseb in their mission to make Lebanon safer. 

Watch this episode of Everywoman here:

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You may remember our apostasy story from Malaysia which received such huge attention. We told you about Muslim-born Revathi who married a Hindu, and was placed in a detention centre for abandoning her religion. Last week she was freed and reunited with her husband and baby.

We will give you the full story next week.
 

This episode of Everywoman aired from 12 July 2007.


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