Opinion: Garbage, blasted glass, and the women cleaning up political filth in Lebanon


Editor’s Note: Carmen Geha is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Leadership at the American University of Beirut, co-founder of the Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women at the Olayan School of Business, and a Maria Zambrano Fellow, Pompeu Fabra University. Geha is the author of “Civil Society and Political Reform in Lebanon and Libya.” The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion on CNN.


In 2015, I spent the summer protesting and getting tear-gassed. I wasn’t protesting for anything grand. I was one of hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets to demand an end to the garbage crisis.

We are obsessed with cleaning our homes in Lebanon. I think it is inter-generational, inherited from decades of war and conflict, and exacerbated by the fact that our country is…

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