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Launching Four National Studies
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Location: Monroe Hotel, Downtown Beirut
Time: From 9:00 AM till 2:00 PM

Launching Four National Studies on Gender Based Violence in Lebanon: Evidence-Based Planning for Better Prevention and Response

Launching Four National Studies on Gender Based Violence in Lebanon:
Evidence-Based Planning for Better Prevention and Response

Women in Lebanon are subject to various forms of violence: domestic, physical, sexual, psychological, economic, political and symbolic. Despite the prevalence of violence against women, data remains scarce and scattered and efforts for ending Gender Based Violence (GBV) remain modestly coordinated. Recent concerted efforts between governmental institutions and civil society organizations supported by the media have succeeded in voicing the issue of GBV in Lebanon and promoting it to the public debate such as the draft law for protecting women against domestic violence and which was led by the national coalition

UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund and the National Commission for Lebanese Women, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Italian Cooperation announce the launching of four national studies on GBV in Lebanon:

Situation Analysis in Gender Based Violence in Lebanon
Assessment of Media Coverage of GBV issues in Lebanon
Review of Gender Based Violence Resource and Training Material in Lebanon
Review of Gender Based Violence Research in Lebanon

The studies are part of a joint collaboration between UNFPA and GBV actors in Lebanon since 2008 and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Italian Cooperation. New evidence generated by these studies provides a comprehensive overview of the GBV situation in Lebanon in terms of legislations, services, resources, actors, among others. As such, the identified gaps and challenges are fundamental for enhancing GBV prevention and response. Ultimately, advancing GBV on the national agenda remains a key pillar for Lebanon to end this human rights violation and obstacle to development.

This launching event aims at discussing the findings and recommendations of the studies with concerned actors representing more than 30 entities and including - but not exclusive to - governmental institutions and administrations, NGOs, academic sector, international bodies, and the media. The meeting will be held on March 10, 2011 from 9:00 AM till 2:00 PM at Monroe Hotel, Downtown Beirut.

The event will also be the occasion to commemorate the International Women Day, and, as Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director stated on the occasion, “once again, we declare our faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in the equal rights of men and women”. Today, “it’s time to unleash the full potential of women”.

The Director of the Italian Cooperation, Mr. Fabio Melloni, added that “the commitment of Italy to pursue gender equality and women’s empowerment in Lebanon is further embodied in its steady coordination role played within the framework of the Gender Working Group of the European Union, established in 2009, whose overarching goals are to (i) enhance aid effectiveness of EU and Member State’s financed gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives and (ii) promote progress towards gender equality national goals”.


Media Contact:
Ms Zein NAHAS, Media Associate at UNFPA: nahas@unfpa.org, 01-362566; 70-894854



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