“Media for Women” Project (since 2012)

“Media for Women” Project aims to promote a Positive Image of Arab Women in Media. The project consists of  a series of trainings and roundtables with social activists, women leaders and journalists to promote a better image for women in media.

SMART Center launched this project in 2012 on the occasion of International Women’s Day in partnership with The Centre of Women in the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Information Center (UNIC). The event, which was marked under the theme “Towards a Positive Image of Arab Women in the Media,” took place at UN House in Beirut on 8 March 2012.

The event consisted of two roundtables. The first roundtable discussed the role of traditional media in covering women’s issues and the second roundtable discussed the role of social media in covering women’s issues. Experts, Academics, journalists, bloggers and youth working on women’s rights will participate in the discussion to conclude with recommendations.

The recommendations resulted with a series of discussions, roundtables and trainings specialized for women leaders and journalists advocating women issues in Lebanon and MENA region.


·        SMART Center in partnership with Ministry of Information in Lebanon trained a group of 32 journalists and reporters on gender equality and journalism skills to promote a positive image of Lebanese women candidates and politicians.

·         SMART Center in Partnership with Qanat Al Maraa Al Arabiya are jointly producing a new pan Arab TV program entitled: “Saadat Al Na’iba” specialized for interviewing women leaders and politicians who are planning to be candidates for the coming parliamentarian elections in any Arab country. A 50 minutes episode will promote the women candidates political programs and visions.


SMART Center in Partnership with the National Council for Human Rights and Freedom in Libya, organized a series of 6 training days in three different cities in Libya: Tripoli, Musrata and Benghazi. A group of 50 journalists and reporters were trained to promote women politicians and candidates of 2013 in Libya. A group of 50 women candidates and politicians were trained on successful media interviews and public speaking.