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A non-profit, non-politically affiliated, non-religious civil association founded in June 2011 with the aim of promoting sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region through equality, protection, and empowerment of marginalised groups, especially women.

ABAAD comprises of a dynamic pool of resources, human rights activists, lawyers, experts in their fields, social workers, and researchers that are all dedicated towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

ABAAD is the co-chair of the National Technical Task Force to End GBV against women and girls (chaired by the Ministry of Social Affairs) in Lebanon since 2012. ABAAD gained a special consultative status with ECOSOC in 2016.













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ABAAD aims to achieve gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the Middle East and North Africa region.

ABAAD seeks to promote equality and active participation through policy development, legal reform, gender mainstreaming, eliminating discrimination, in addition to supporting the advancement of women and empowering them to participate effectively and fully in their communities.

ABAAD is a pioneer organisation, in both Lebanon and the MENA region, whose work involves engaging men in masculinities and ending violence against women as one of its main pillars.

ABAAD seeks to support and collaborate with civil society organisations who work on or want to activate i) gender equality, gender-based violence, and/or engaging men programmes, ii) direct services for women and men, and iii) advocacy campaigns.



ABAAD envisions a world in which:

  • Men and women live as equitable partners and work together to secure better lives for their future and the future of the societies they live in.
  • Women are effectively empowered and participate in democratic processes that affect their lives and their communities.
  • Men are willingly and effectively engaged in working towards achieving an equitable society free of hegemonic masculinities and the different types of violence against women.
  • Women have fair access to the economic assets and the natural resources within their communities.
  • Women live in freedom, dignity, and inner peace without facing discrimination.


  • ABAAD draws its values and goals from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Violence against Women (CEDAW), and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
  • ABAAD, as an association, also believes in the spirit and values of equality, protection, empowerment, inclusion, partnership, networking, good governance, accountability, and transparency.


In our struggle to abolish gender-based violence, ABAAD operates through the following six strategies:


Women Empowerment

(advocacy and campaigning, front-liner and vocational training, outreach, resource development, awareness-raising activities)


Engaging men in Ending Violence against Women and Masculinities

(advocacy and campaigning, training, outreach, resource development, awareness-raising activities, support groups)


Advocacy and Policy Development

(development, modification, and implementation of GBV policies to protect women and girls – especially during conflicts)


Protection and Support

(holistic services for survivors of GBV, psychosocial support for men with violent behaviour and issues with masculinities)


Development of Resources and IEC Materials

(different types of resources on topics from primary prevention, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, gender-based violence, engaging men and masculinities, mental health, legal rights, and others, plus capacity and skill building to public and civil society organisations)


Behavioural Changes

(national public opinion campaigns addressing GBV through the engagement of various stakeholders to effect multilateral changes within society)