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Gender Equality and Ending GBV Programme 

Launched in 2011


To promote women’s rights and gender equality at all social, economic, political, cultural, health and educational spheres both vertically and horizontally across the society. Through promoting gender equality, ABAAD aims to improve the lives of women and girls and contribute into building resilient societies and economies, harmonious violence-free communities and promoting sustainable development in the MENA region. 

Brief Description of Programme

Given the nature of our work, Gender Equality is a major cross-cutting pillar of ABAAD’s programming. However, it is also a standalone programme which focuses on raising awareness about sex and gender, gender-based violence, gender equality, and Women, Peace, and Security (UNSCR 1325). 

Under the Gender Equality Programme, we also aim to promote and work towards achieving a gender equal society where women are empowered and included in social spheres, in addition to holding decision-making positions. 

Given that Middle Eastern countries tend to have patriarchal cultures where men generally dominate all elements of society, the lack of political and religious will to include women has also strengthened the social “norms” that support male dominance and that amplify the conditions that have led to inequality, violence, and unfair access to resources. 

These “norms” and conditions that limit the autonomy of women and girls and increase their vulnerability to violence need to be drastically addressed and resolved. Thus, since its inception, the programme has operated through a number of strategies to effect the necessary changes to skew the patriarchal society into a more gender-equal one, including working with male stakeholders (engaging religious leaders, judges, lawyers, the Internal Security Forces, the Ministry of Social Affairs, and others), advocacy and policy-making, organisational, individual and community capacity building and raising awareness, resource development, technical support, and public speaking.

MAJOR PROJECTS UNDER Gender Equality and Ending GBV Programme


"Jina Al-Dar" is a bus touring in 60 of the most marginalised areas, towns and villages with a specialised team aiming to provide services on the prevention and reduction of all forms violence against women and girls.

These towns and villages are highly affected by the lack of public services, which hampers the populations'access to education, health and legal services.



Shifting Sands: Changing Gender Roles Among Refugees in Lebanon 

In collaboration with Oxfam, ABAAD conducted a gender situation and vulnerability assessment among Syrian and Palestinian refugees arriving from Syria to Lebanon. The qualitative research was conducted with over 150 people through focus group discussions and individual interviews with refugees and key people. 



From Girl to Girl - Community-Led Peer Education through Sports

The “From Girl to Girl: Community-Led Peer Education through Sports” project gathered girls and young women in awareness sessions on gender equality through football in the form of community led peer - to - peer educational sessions and games.



This page includes several resources developed and tested in the Middle East, for that purpose that might be helpful for your work in this field!



ABAAD's work on Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Lebanon

Since early 2012, ABAAD has been actively engaged in responding to the plight of women and young girls Syrian refugees in Lebanon.



From Closed Rooms to Court Rooms - Ensuring Access to Justice For All 

ABAAD, in partnership with Diakonia, addressed the complexity of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Violence (DV) at the policy level, through a project aiming at ensuring full and inclusive enforcement of a protective legal framework for women and girls in Lebanon.



The use of the art of caricature to deliver gender concepts has proven to be very effective. Thus, ABAAD produced a series of comics entitled Seen Jeem (a reference to “Question and Answer”) on social constructs of gender perceptions in partnership with the IMC and Dar Onboz. The comic series was launched during a monthly talk in which a number of researchers, activists, and university students participated. The discussion focused on several key points related to creating similar awareness-raising tools and distributing them widely and comprehensively to encompass the various layers of society. 



“Programme P” Manual

A manual for engaging men in fatherhood

Based on the adaptation of Programme P to the local and regional context, ABAAD conducted a number of trainings on using Programme P to work on engaging men in active positive fatherhood and caregiving, during the entire time period covering their partner’s pregnancies through their children’s early years.



"Varying Perceptions, One Outcome..."

In 2014, ABAAD, in partnership with World Vision Lebanon, published “Varying Perceptions, One Outcome: A field study monitoring the attitudes and perceptions of women and men towards women’s rights in Lebanon”.  



“Combating Violence against Women in the Arab Region: Multisectoral Efforts”

“Combating Violence against Women in the Arab Region: Multisectoral Efforts,” a study by ABAAD, in partnership with ESCWA, aims to provide an initial outline of the services and programmes available to women survivors of violence in ESCWA countries.



National Taskforce to End VAW Meetings

To supplement work that began in 2012 by the Ministry of Social Affairs in partnership with ABAAD and the IMC, the “National Technical Working Group for EVAW” launched its 2013 coordination meetings which were attended by representatives of concerned ministries, UN agencies, and international and local NGOs.



“Picturing Gender Equality” Photography Initiative 

With the financial support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lebanon, and in collaboration with Dar al Mussawir and Zakira, ABAAD launched in 2013 “Picturing Gender Equality,” a photography initiative targeting youth, and aiming at depicting positive masculinity in everyday life in Lebanon.



Jordanian Women Visit Lebanese Women Cooperatives for Study Tour



"Culturally Justified Violence Against Women" Regional Workshop 

In 2014, ABAAD, in partnership with Women's Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation and Women Living under Muslim Laws, conducted a regional workshop for participants from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon.



Ministry of Social Affairs Gender And Gender Analysis Trainings

In 2014, ABAAD conducted four training cycles, over the course of four months, for the staff of the Ministry of Social Affairs, within the framework of the MoSA’s Gender and Gender Analysis Workshops (in collaboration with the National Commission for Lebanese Women). 




"Act For The Disappeared" Project 

In 2015, in the frame of a project led in partnership with the European Union and Act For the Disappeared, ABAAD was appointed focal point to carry out art therapy sessions with families of the disappeared of Lebanon, with a focus on the gendered impact of the diappearance on Women.



Gender Mainstreaming 

The Gender-Equality cross-cutting programme aims at promoting women’s rights and gender equality at all social, economic, political, cultural, health and educational spheres both vertically and horizontally across the society. 





Engaging Palestine Refugee Communities in the prevention of GBV

In 2016, ABAAD in patnership with UNRWA established Community Based Support Groups (CBSGs) through facilitating structured PSS and GBV awareness sessions targeting around 326 women and men in the Palestinian camps. 



ABAAD Official Sponsor of the “Stars Academy for Sports”

Stars Academy for Sports (SAS) is a leading football academy and team in Lebanon. Established in 2011, SAS provides football players with advanced training and the chance to participate in national and international tournaments. In addition, SAS aims to develop the characteristics of teamwork and equality all members through sports.



“Lana Haq” Project

The LANA Project aims to improve the perception of women and men in the Lebanese community towards gender equality, political participation of women, and to tackle limitations on the role of women on the collective scale.



“Syrian Voice and Accountability” Project

“Syrian Voice and Accountability” aims at empowering Syrian women and men refugees to become active agents in their communities through enhancing their preparedness to constructively engage in humanitarian, and development processes.




SenseMaker as a monitoring and evaluation tool for Gender-Based Violence programmes and services in Lebanon Lessons learned about feasibility and added value