Adoption activism: Lebanon in a global context

Today Bada’el/Alternatives presented a workshop on “The Right to Origins” co-hosted with Legal Agenda, in Badaro, Beirut [link to site]. There were six adoptees present from the Netherlands, others from France and Switzerland. We’ve been doing a lot of media these past few days, and I think it is safe to say that we’ve definitively put an end to both the usual “poor orphans” mentality of the media, as well as what ends up being a mushy kind of mealy-mouthed adoptee-speak that endlessly depresses me.

I presented on the topic: “Adoption activism: Lebanon in a global context”. I tried to show how adoption resistance is not new but has always existed; the political and economic underpinnings of the practice; the extent of adoption activism globally speaking; that we don’t need to re-invent the wheel, that there is precedent to follow, to just fine-tune to a Lebanese context.

Screen shots of the presentation:

Opening slide


Framework


Historical, political, and economic underpinnings of adoption


Adoption resistance


Legal reform


Social reform


Adoptee "ferrymen": Aiding adoptees in return


Search angels


Discussion and support


Vocal activism


Academia


Conferences


Corrective mediation


Conclusions


Bada'el/Alternatives


Closing slide


The presentation file as a PDF: Adoption-Resistance-LA.pdf

I was most impressed by the sense of common cause. It was great to be working again with lawyers and activists I had lost touch with. My heart went out to the woman who had to simultaneously translate my compressed delivery into Arabic. I was elated to find an old friend from my neighborhood managing the pizza/snack shop in the same building. Most of all, it was awesome to be able to speak truth to power with no qualms or inhibitions. Things are shifting, changing, and moving in Lebanon.

About Daniel Drennan ElAwar

Adoptee, rematriated.
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