What does it mean to be “a man” in Lebanon and in the MENA region? In what ways does our cultural, historical, economic, political, and social context impose certain notions of ‘Manhood’? Do these notions of manhood promote partnership and equality with women, or discrimination and violence against women? How can men become allies in the goal of Gender Equality in Lebanon and in the MENA region?
These are just a few of the fundamental questions that gave birth to the Masculinities Program at Abaad.
A pioneer effort in Lebanon and the MENA region, Masculinities and Engaging Men and Boys in EVAW is currently a cross-cutting component across all ABAAD programming. The program targets men and women in both civil society organizations and in the general population, to understand masculinities in modern day Lebanon and throughout the MENA Region. The program critically critiques and opposes the Patriarchal gender socialization of men which is a root cause of all forms of GBV in our area of the world. The overall aim is to transform the way men and women understand “manhood” to versions that are more gender equitable, non-violent, and congruent with Universal Human Rights beliefs.
The program engages a diversity of people including stakeholders and decision-makers (such as policy-makers, religious leaders, judges, Internal Security Forces (ISF), and lawyers), civil society stakeholders, local Feminist organizations, and adolescent boys, girls, women, and men from local and refugee communities.
The holistic interventions in the program include, but are not limited to, the development of resources, capacity building, research, psychological service provision, community outreach and engagement, awareness sessions, and local, national, and global advocacy and lobbying.