Areas of work and programmes - Lebanon

Amira Abi Khalil, beneficiary of UN Women’s Gender Equality Fund. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saade


Since 2015, UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs, has supported the empowerment of Lebanese women within most vulnerable communities that host Syrian refugees, with special focus on female-headed households.

The SheMinLebnen Initiative

UN Women is partnering with the UN Global Compact and local Chambers of Commerce and Industry to enhance the engagement of the private sector in promoting equal opportunities for women, safe working environment free of any forms of discrimination, violence and exploitation. As part of these efforts, UN Women Lebanon is supporting The Blessing Foundation’s initiative SheMinLebnen alongside the UN Global Compact to help rural women skilled in handicrafts to develop their expertise, create products and then sell them in Lebanon and to the world through an online platform.

Resilience Program

In partnership with the Ford Foundation, the government of Japan and the UN Human Security Fund, UN Women Lebanon has established the Resilience programme which aims to support national institutions including Social Development Centers affiliated to the Lebanese Ministry of Social affairs to provide vocational training, business counselling, access to information and start-up businesses for women beneficiaries.

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality

Promotion of the Economic Status of Rural Women in South Lebanon

Implemented with the Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development and Family Empowerment and in partnership with 8 municipalities in South Lebanon, the programme is assisting 300 young female entrepreneurs in rural areas to improve their productivity, as well as to take control over and access to economic resources. It is also helping two existing cooperatives to become profitable, sustainable and better equipped to attract resources and compete in different markets.


Support for women in politics

In the 2018 parliamentary elections, UN Women Lebanon implemented the “Roadmap to Promote Women in Politics in Lebanon and to Support Women’s Participation” in partnership with the Office of the Minister of Women Affairs (OMSWA), UNDP’s Lebanon Elections Assistance Project, and civil society organization Women in Front.


National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325

UNW Lebanon undertook a joint initiative to support the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) and the Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs (OMSWA), to develop a National Action Plan (NAP) on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325). A Steering Committee for the development and operationalization of UNSCR 1325 was established to which UN agencies serve as a technical advisory board. UN Women plays the coordination role, as the General Secretariat.

UN Women is supporting women’s participation in decision-making processes and responses related to conflict prevention. In addition, UN Women is working to increase women and girls’ safety through comprehensive redress, including access to justice, and health and psycho-social support in addition to ensuring that the security and justice institutions are socially inclusive and gender responsive. UN Women will also support relief and recovery efforts through livelihood support and the provision of basic social services.


Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme 

UN Women launched the Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme in December 2014 to achieve equal rights and opportunities for women and men in Arab societies. The programme implemented in Lebanon (alongside Egypt, Morocco and Palestine), has allowed civil society organizations (CSOs) and other actors to achieve legislative and policy change through advocacy and to disseminate research on gender inequality. Evidence-based strategies on addressing gender inequalities were also elaborated nationally and regionally. Through their participation in this programme, new and emerging civil society movements promoted gender equality in Lebanon and beyond, while CSOs acquired greater organizational capacity and a better understanding of gender equality.

As part of the programme, UN Women Lebanon conducted the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) survey. The evidence generated about the root causes of gender inequality, and revealed perceptions, attitudes, beliefs of men and women in Lebanon (both Syrians and Lebanese) on gender inequality, has been mainstreamed into each programme to better inform the work of the office with men and boys as enablers to achieve gender equality.