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The Lebanese American University last week launched what they say is the first Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance Diploma in the Middle East at an event attended by senior figures including the Dutch ambassador.The new course, run through the Continuing Education Program at LAU with the Human Rights Education Association and the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, was launched at an event Friday. Dutch Ambassador Hester Somsen, the keynote speaker, highlighted the need for build capacity in gender issues, as well as the centrality of gender issues in humanitarian work.Half of the classes are required – addressing basic topics in gender equality – while the other half allow students to dive deep into specific topics like gender in conflict, or gender-based violence.
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