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”.
The study focuses on five major subjects, most of which relate to the family setting: gender equality, violence against women, respecting women’s choices (marital setting, and marital rape), passing on nationality to children, and ownership rights of elderly women.
The launching ceremony was held in March 2014 and opened with welcoming words by Ms. Anita Delhaas-Van Dijk, the National Director of World Vision International and Ms. Ghida Anani, ABAAD Founder and Director. The study results were presented by Dr. Zuheir Hatab, followed by commentary notes by a panel of experts and women’s rights activists: Ms. Linda Matar, Dr. Azza Baydoun, and Ms. Jouman Merhi. The Master of Ceremony was journalist Ms. Najat Charafeddine. The ceremony closed with a Q&A session, where over 200 attending participants (representing ministries, national and international NGOs, local actors, and the media) were given the opportunity to discuss points of interest related to the study and the situation in Lebanon.