Updating National Women's Strategy in Lebanon

Type of News: News
Release Date: March 19, 2011
The absence of an updated national women strategy reflecting emerging needs and priorities constitutes one of the main obstacles impeding a change in policies and laws to effectively establish gender equality in Lebanon. That was the main drive behind the thorough review and updating of the ten-year national women strategy by the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), with the support of UNFPA and in partnership with civic society, governmental and public administrations as well as grassroots organizations. After completion of a first draft in 2010, the ten-year National Women's Strategy in Lebanon was adopted in a national validation meeting held on 18-19 March and gathering representatives of some 65 organizations. Future UNFPA-supported steps will consist of the development of an operational plan of action in a participatory approach.

4 National Studies Provide Evidence for Better Response to Gender Based Violence

Type of News: News
Release Date: March 10, 2011
Since 2008, UNFPA has been leading the implementation of a project aiming at mainstreaming and institutionalizing Gender Based Violence (GBV) in national planning and development, with the support of the Government of Italy. The project specifically aims at developing performance and quality standards and protocols; identifying needs and gaps in referral, resources, and research; strengthening of coordination and knowledge sharing; supporting to the establishment of a monitoring system; as well as contributing to national advocacy efforts for ending violence.

Strengthening Reproductive Health and Maternal Health Services along Border Areas

Type of News: News
Release Date: February 19, 2011
Following a series of consultations throughout 2010, UNFPA Lebanon office signed in early January 2011 a new project with the Ministry of Public Health aiming at supporting the sector reform by strengthening health performance and systems along border areas – mostly in underserviced regions - with emphasis on reproductive health and maternal health. This partnership complements an ongoing joint collaboration between the Ministry and the Italian Cooperation. The key interventions that will be supported by UNFPA will focus primarily on expanding the RH package to include GBV and VCT services, strengthening referral services from primary to secondary care, enhancing outreach services on safe motherhood at secondary care level, and developing an RH commodity security strategy. The Ministry’s contribution to this project amounts to $372,000. A high level steering committee chaired by the Ministry’s director general meets monthly to review and oversee progress.

Needs Assessment and Situation Analysis of Women and Girls in North Lebanon: A Pioneer Study

Type of News: News
Release Date: February 19, 2011
In the context of the MDG-F Conflict Prevention and Peace Building joint program in North Lebanon with 5 UN agencies, UNFPA conducted a “Needs Assessment and Situation Analysis of Women in North Lebanon” covering the regions of Akkar, Tripoli as well as Palestinian camps in the North and surrounding villages. This study constitutes Lebanon’s first and only study about women situation for the areas of Akkar and Tripoli.

UNFPA Lebanon Contributes to the First White Ribbon Campaign in the Middle East

Type of News: News
Release Date: December 12, 2010
From November 25 till December 10, Lebanon joined over 55 countries around the world by organising the first White Ribbon Campaign in the Middle East. The focus of the campaign was on mobilising men and boys to endorse the draft law on the Protection of Women from Family Violence. A wide range of activities were planned during the 16 day period: a television documentary, songs on the radios, public awareness sessions, wall graffiti by survivors of violence, educational pit stops, distribution of various promotional materials as well as a massive White Ribbon Campaign including 475 billboard and unipoles throughout the country. In addition, a human chain was organised during the closing ceremony where women and men stood hand in hand in a message of solidarity to support the law.

Y-PEER Lebanon Uses Games, Theatre and Dance to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness among High-School Children

Type of News: News
Release Date: December 10, 2010
On the occasion of World AIDS Day, Y-PEER Lebanon organized “Our Health, Our Right... Let’s Take a Stand” a two-day event for raising HIV/AIDS awareness among high school students. The event was organized under the patronage of H.E Minister of Public Health, in partnership with the National AIDS Control Program and with the support of UNFPA Lebanon. More than 800 high school students, boys and girls, aged 15-18 years and belonging to 10 public and private schools from various regions and communities in Lebanon took part in this event.

Y-PEER Lebanon Elected Best Network of the Year!!

Type of News: News
Release Date: October 07, 2010
Between October 1 and 6, all representatives of Y-PEER national networks gathered in Istanbul with their international partners to share experiences, launch the International Year of Youth and develop a global action plan; the occasion was the annual Global Advisory Board Meeting. This event was also the occasion for the Y-PEERs to select the National Network of the Year, and this year, the title was granted to Y-PEER Lebanon! In recognition for its 2010 achievements, the Lebanese network was awarded a medal in a ceremony held on the night of October 1st. The medal was received by Nadim Abu Alwan, Y-PEER Focal Point in Charge, on behalf of the network.

Y-PEER Lebanon Celebrate International Youth Day and Year ON AIR

Type of News: News
Release Date: August 19, 2010
This year’s International Youth Day coincided with the launch of the International Youth Year. To mark this very special occasion, Y-PEERs Lebanon went for high-visibility events. Twice during that week, Y-PEER members participated in animating a one-hour live radio show on Mix FM’s very popular Comedy Revolution. Hosted by the very-Y-PEER-enthusiastic stand-up comedian and animator Nemer Abou Nassar, Y-PEERs made use of their fun and youthful spirit to tackle youth sexual-health taboos and to promote HIV/AIDS prevention information.

UNFPA Lebanon Places Older Adults on World Population Day’s Agenda

Type of News: Press release
Release Date: August 03, 2010
Marking World Population Day and in partnership with the Lebanese Family Planning Association, UNFPA Lebanon organized a seminar on the ‘Demographic and Social Impacts of an Increase in Older Adults Population’ on the 16th of July. Sponsored by the Ministry of Social Affairs, the event gathered a wide range of experts, members of the National Population Commission, representatives from municipalities, and other stakeholders. Several media outlets reported on the roundtable. The issue of older adults in Lebanon was addressed comprehensively.

UNFPA Launches Lebanon’s first Gender Based Violence National Coordination Tool amid Recent Legislative Developments

Type of News: News
Release Date: July 09, 2010
Lebanon has been witnessing an acceleration in its fight for ending Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the past few months. On April 7th, 2010, the Council of Ministers approved the Law to Protect Women from Family Violence and referred it to the Parliament for review and discussion by the Women and Child Parliamentary Commission for eventual ratification. This key legislative breakthrough crowned the intensive advocacy efforts conducted in synergy by national NGOs and coalitions, governmental bodies and international and development agencies, among which UNFPA Lebanon. Most of all, this development calls for the intensification of such efforts. In June 2010, and building on this momentum, UNFPA Lebanon launched Tanseeq {Coordination} for Ending GBV in Lebanon’, in partnership with its national counterparts and with the support of the Italian Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Italy in Beirut. The ‘Tanseeq’ newsletter is part of the two-year ‘GBV National Plan of Action’ lead by UNFPA.

A Different Kind of Graduation in South Lebanon

Type of News: Feature Stories
Release Date: May 10, 2010
UNFPA-supported Initiative Empowers Women through Literacy. The southern Lebanese village of Yarine had a special reason to celebrate recently. Its men and women, young and old, joined those of the surrounding villages at the local schoolyard in early spring for a different kind of graduation day – this one for grownups, for women. The graduates, 45 literacy women students and coordinators, were also being honoured for their courage and perseverance. They were the beneficiaries of the Women Empowerment: 'Peaceful Action for Security and Stability' (WEPASS), an initiative that helps Lebanese women by building their skills and understanding of decision making, participation, human rights, gender-based violence, reproductive health, economic empowerment and fostering peace.

Beneficiaries of Gender Empowerment Project Run for Municipal Elections… And Win!

Type of News: News
Release Date: May 08, 2010
In May 2010, Lebanon held its municipal elections. For the first time in its history, Lebanon adopted a 20% quota for women in municipal councils. Yet this was not the breakthrough. These municipal elections saw the concretization of the Women Empowerment: ‘Peaceful Action for Security and Stability’ (WEPASS) goals. In the villages of Seb’eel (North Caza), Kantara (Akkar Caza), Deir Mimas (South Caza), Kfeir (Beqaa Caza) and Beit Lahya (Nabatiyeh Caza), 19 women beneficiaries of the project ran for elections and 5 of them were elected members of municipal councils.

UNFPA Lebanon in Charge of the Gender Component of the MDG-F Joint Programme on ‘Conflict Prevention and Peace Building in North Lebanon’

Type of News: News
Release Date: May 07, 2010
UNFPA Lebanon recently initiated the implementation of the gender component within the approved MDG-F on “Conflict Prevention and Peace Building in North Lebanon”. A project manager, M. Karam Abi Yazbeck was recruited in April for this purpose and work has been underway since. Several UN agencies (UNDP, UNRWA, UNICEF, ILO, UNESCO and UNFPA), are involved in this two-year joint programme funded by the Spanish Government through the Millennium Development Goals Fund (MDGF). The implementation of the various activities will be entrusted to numerous governmental counterparts and an array of local partners from civil society groups. The joint programme targets both the Lebanese and the Palestinian communities in the North mainly in the areas of Nahr El Bared and Beddawi camps and surroundings, Jabal Mohsen and Bab el Tabbaneh, and the marginalized communities in Akkar and other Palestinian camps.

Y-PEERs Lebanon at Model UN: Is there a Y-PEER in you?

Type of News: Any
Release Date: March 29, 2010
The Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut looked different on that particular Saturday. Hundreds of high school students, members of the AL WALID Global Classroom- Model United Nations program, invested the university campus. The program is organized by the LAU with the support of Al Waleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation and in partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA. All dressed up in black and white for the occasion, these young boys and girls were about to get a concrete insight on what the United Nations do. Saturday 27th of March, was the fifth annual United Nations Day at LAU and the students were divided into 14 different committees with various global topics. Around 40 students gathered in the ‘UNICEF Committee’ with a focus on HIV and young people. In coordination with the United Nations Information Center in Lebanon, Y-PEERS Lebanon were called upon to offer this young audience a concrete and detailed illustration of a United Nations action on HIV and Youth by introducing them to the Y-PEER initiative.

Lebanon Country Office is GREENACTING

Type of News: News
Release Date: February 04, 2010
In line with the global strategy for a climate neutral United Nations and in echo to UNFPA Executive Director’s pledge to make the fund more environmentally sustainable, UNFPA Lebanon recently launched its own internal Going Green newsletter. This initiative constitutes a “a first among the country offices” as stated by UNFPA’s Green team colleague in New York. Every Monday morning, Lebanon country office’s staff receive their weekly Greenacting issue. This one page e-newsletter contains several categories, ranging from Green Tips, features about awareness campaigns on the Net and statistical information on how climate change affects Lebanon.
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