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Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence

UNFPA Lebanon promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the prevention and protection against gender-based violence.

It developed the National Women’s Strategy 2011-2020 and the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, as well as the development of a reference manual on gender justice. UNFPA Lebanon has worked with four universities to integrate courses on gender-based violence in their curriculum, supported two women’s shelters and 10 safe spaces, equipped local NGO Kafa’s 24-hour call center to respond to domestic violence, and trained over 500 social workers on gender equality.

With the Internal Security Forces, UNFPA Lebanon has trained more than 800 officers on Law 293, which protects women and children from domestic violence. The office has also trained journalists on how to report domestic violence, including early marriage, and gender equality in Lebanon.