Happy International Women’s Month
from the Philippine Embassy in Lebanon!
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   08 March 2022
The Philippine Embassy in Beirut opened its month-long celebration of the International Women’s Month through a reproductive health seminar on 06 March 2022. H.E. Raymond R. Balatbat, Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon, opened the event through a town hall forum participated by members of the Filipino community.
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The town hall event and webinar provided an opportunity for the Embassy to discuss upcoming activities and programs while at the same time, increasing awareness on reproductive health. The  Sunday event was attended by Filipino community leaders at the chancery and on Zoom while being simultaneously streamed live on Facebook with 2,100 views. 

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Dr. Elma T. Jocson, a fellow at the Philippine Board of Surgeons and medical practitioner in Lebanon, gave the lecture on reproductive health. Lebanon hosts approximately 17,000 Filipinos, 97% of which are women.

Given the growing attention to health security as a matter of policy, the Embassy shall focus programs on the health issues of migrant workers for the 2022 celebration of Women’s Month. A medical mission shall be held in the succeeding Sundays of March.

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On 08 March 2022, in celebration of the International Women's Day, the Philippine Embassy proudly presents the inspirational story of Ms. Elenore Espina Bouhabib, the first Filipina Head Nurse in Lebanon who devotedly help and save lives in her line of work and making her way to the top amidst challenges. 

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In celebration of the International Women’s Month, the Philippine Embassy in Lebanon organized a free medical and mental health consultation on 13 and 20 March 2022. More than 50 women migrant workers attended the 2-day free healthcare services.

The Embassy recognizes the importance of embedding health security policies and programs for Filipino migrant workers especially that the economic crisis in Lebanon aggravated the vulnerability and burden of women migrant workers, especially in accessing basic healthcare services. Financial means and access to healthcare remain the primary challenges of women migrant workers in Lebanon.
The Embassy also offered the mental health consultation to strike the importance of taking care of one's mental health amidst the pandemic, socioeconomic, and political situation in Lebanon.
The Embassy aims to continue improving the access to basic healthcare services and awareness among Filipino migrant workers in Lebanon.
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