Approaches of Working With Religious Leaders In Ending Violence Against Women
ABAAD, supported by KVINFO, developed a manual detailing different approaches civil society organizations working on women’s issues can use to engage religious leaders in combating GBV and ending violence against women. The 32-page manual was developed after conducting a number of focus group discussions that were attended by religious leaders and representatives from women’s CSOs. It was adapted and made relevant to the Lebanese society, taking into consideration the existing social norms and beliefs. The manual also provides an overview of the different religious structures within the Lebanese context, as well as means for NGOs to involve, collaborate, and build alliances with the aforementioned religious institutions. The manual was peer-reviewed by lawyers, religious leaders, and activists in the field. All relevant comments were integrated and consolidated into the final version. After conducting validation testing and ensuring the manual was befitting of the context, the manual was designed, printed, and dispersed.