ABAAD, in partnership with the MenEngage Global Network, Sonke Gender Justice Network, and the International Medical Corps, kicked off the MenEngage Lebanon Country Network with three cycles of trainings over the course of three months on gender, masculinities, and engaging men in work on ending violence against women. Representatives from 11 local and international organizations in Lebanon attended and completed the trainings, which took place over the course of three months, thus officially becoming part of the MenEngage Lebanon Network on behalf of their organizations.
The trainings followed a parallel process: discussion and formulation of the network by all of the parties was done simultaneously while raising the organizational members’ capacity and skills on how to engage men in gender equality and knowledge on masculinities. The training has resulted in a pool of organizations with an increased capacity and ability to engage men within their context in Lebanon, as well as sharing and learning among these organizations as a Network. Through best practices cultivated from the MenEngage Lebanon Network, different county networks across the MENA region will be established. It is expected that once the different country networks are established and functional, the MenEngage MENA Regional Network will be launched.