Working with youth on changing the perception on Gender and preventing violence against women and girls
Instilling gender equality consciousness starts at a young age, and involves engaging with women and men alike. Under the Prevention + Program against Gender-Based Violence, coordinated by Rutgers, Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice and financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ABAAD and SALAMA worked on a new edition of the Program RA manual (Ra for ‘Rajol’ or Man in Arabic). Program Ra 2nd Ed. is the first manual of its kind in Lebanon that is expressly developed for young men and women to discuss and learn about Masculinities, Femininities, Gender Equality, GBV, and Comprehensive Sexual Education.
The manual intends to lead debates with young people about how gender and human rights relate to sexual rights, healthy relationships, sexual diversity, family planning, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. It allows the participants to reflect on their own perceptions and creates a strong foundation for young people who support gender equality and sexual heath for all.