In the frame of the project “Combating Violence against Women in the Southern Mediterranean Region”, funded by the European Union, EuroMed Feminist Initiative and its members in Lebanon, Association Najdeh and the Lebanese Democratic Women’s Gathering (RDFL), conducted a training workshop on Combating Violence Against Women and Girls on 3 July, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon. The training workshop was conducted taking into consideration COVID-19 precautionary measures to ensure public health.
Twenty-three activists from all Lebanese regions participated, including three men. Participants showed a distinct interaction with the topics raised, especially since the majority of them live in remote areas where women and girls suffer from many types of discrimination and violence associated with the prevailing customs and traditions and the patriarchal culture.
The training aimed at strengthening the capacities of the activists on Istanbul Convention, Civil Society Declaration 2017, 4th UfM Ministerial Declaration, CEDAW, and UNSCR 1325. In addition, It aimed at enhancing their knowledge and skills on violence against women and girls, and legal discrimination in the Personal Status Law and Penal Law, as well as underlining the positive impact of the adoption, enforcement and implementation of a comprehensive law, that criminalizes and addresses all forms of violence against women and girls.
National and international statistics on violence against women and girls were presented at the beginning of the training to reflect the magnitude of suffering experienced by women. The international conventions and treaties on discrimination and violence against women were discussed, with a specific focus on (CEDAW, UNSCR 1325, and Istanbul Convention), and their alignment with local legislation and laws.
At the end of the training, participants were divided into groups to identify the key challenges in implementing the international conventions and discussed mechanisms and means to bridge the gap between these conventions and national legislation and laws.
About the Project:
On January 1st 2019, EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI), with a consortium of member women’s rights organizations in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia launched a three-year regional project “Combating Violence against Women in the Southern Mediterranean Region”, funded by the EU. The overall objective is to contribute to the elimination of all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in the Southern Neighborhood States, by promoting a social environment that does not tolerate VAWG, and where decision makers address it as a political priority. www.Ostik.org