First batch of certificates delivered to UN Women beneficiaries of the third phase of a Japan-funded project in Jbail

Date: Monday, December 18, 2017

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                                               For utmost people, Jbail, located about thirty-five Kilometers north of Beirut, is a famous tourist city. However, for UN Women’s Lebanese and Syrian women beneficiaries, this is mostly the area where they have been meeting, for skills development, namely at Jbail’s Social Development Center (SDC).

The center affiliated to the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs has been hosting beneficiaries from UN Women’s project “Strengthening Resilience and Protection of Women and Youth in Host Communities”. Funded by the Government of Japan, the project drives progress on gender equality, through income generating activities.

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                                                                                   An official ceremony was recently scheduled at the city during which the first batch of beneficiaries (88 women) received their certificates to mark the end of their training at the Jbail Center. Representatives of the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, of the Japanese embassy in Lebanon and of UN Women in Lebanon explored the project’s activities implemented through local partners.

The delegation toured the training center’s different sections and engaged with beneficiaries. They went through processing food courses led by the NGO Fair Trade Lebanon, as well as, among others, embroidery and tailoring courses and most notably palm leaf craft courses, conducted by Safadi Foundation. Thanks to the project, this ancestral know-how in the area is now revived and expanding to new generations.  

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During the tour, young women who received GBV training and awareness session, presented their messages and explained their creative slides and videos centered on gender based challenges and misconceptions. They had developed the materials during awareness sessions on violence against women they attended with the NGO Abaad.

Afterward, UN Women, presented the results of the “Gender-sensitive Labor Market Study in Akkar and Tripoli”. The study will be published by UN Women Lebanon, soon. It addresses the obstacles and opportunities to enhance women’s economic participation in the labor market, in the two most economically affected areas by the Syrian crisis.

It is worth mentioning that during Phase one and two of the UN Women project, more than two thousand and seven hundred women and girls received training at thirteen SDC centers under the umbrella of UN Women’s humanitarian program in various Lebanese areas including Akkar, Tripoli, Mount Lebanon, Beirut and Bekaa.