MAHARAT Foundation (Arabic for “Skills Foundation”) is a team of Lebanese journalists united by a common purpose, which is to achieve a freer journalism and to defend and promote free expression in order to build a much more democratic society.
Maharat considers that enrooting the idea of peace can only be achieved through democracy – which was often violated in Lebanon during times of peace as well as during times of war. Maharat is a specialized organisation endeavouring to defend the freedom of opinion and expression. This is achieved by developing the media sector, advocating for legal reforms, building knowledge and awareness, disseminating information and building capacities of diverse social, media, culture and civic actors.
Within Women Empowered for Leadership, Maharat is working on sensitizing media organisations on gender sensitivity in their reporting, having more women opinion-makers on TV, gender-based election monitoring, and working with women leaders on communication skills.