Press release: Joint-UN WOMEN and CARE Open Day
Date: Monday, February 10, 2020
Beirut, February 7, 2020 – UN Women in partnership with CARE International hosted today an Open Day in Akkar, at the Bebnin Municipal playground. The event featured several activities undertaken in the context of the project, “Strengthening the Economic Empowerment and Protection of Women and Girls Lebanon”, funded by the Governments of Japan, Norway and Finland, in addition to Ford Foundation and implemented by CARE International, in coordination with the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Women and girls from Bebnine in Akkar and surrounding areas attended the event which purpose was to bring community awareness to issues of gender-based violence and strengthen women and girls’ access to essential services.
The humanitarian project implemented since August 2019 aims to enhance the security and the resilience of Lebanese women in the host communities and Syrian women refugees, in Beirut, Mount Lebanon, North Lebanon and Akkar, through providing access to safe spaces, offering protection services and referrals, and increasing community resources and information on gender-based violence.
During the event, different booths presented the project’s provided services and activities, in addition to products of women beneficiaries of UN Women’s soft skills trainings. A station for recreational activities for children (painting and drawing, face painting and storytelling) was also featured, some stories focusing on women heroes, as role models for young generations.
One of the main objectives of the event was to bring different local and international organizations together for them to present the different services they provide to the refugee population and the host communities.
The event also gave a floor to an interactive theatre session presented by LABAN organization, which shed light on SGBV incidents through instant improvisation on real life SGBV survivors’ testimonies. After the session, the beneficiaries had the chance to discuss the topics delivered by the performing group.
Over 200 women and girl beneficiaries of SHE CAN initiative under the project implemented by CARE in partnership with UN Women - including 30 UN Women’s direct beneficiaries - joined the event. Salma, a teenager from Bebnin, is one of them, she had participated to the self-defense trainings in the context of the project and lives in a collective shelter. She said that she faced many experiences of sexual harassment and this why she participated to this activity. Now, she feels more confident thanks to the tools she has learned during the sessions and feels she is now ready to face any potential harm or abuse.
Faten Tibi, Programme Manager for the Women’s Economic Empowerment and Resilience at UN Women said: “Since 2016, UN women’s interventions aim to empower women in marginalized communities, including Syrian and Palestinian refugees, with better access to livelihoods and protection. In this partnership with CARE, we provide women with greater and safer access to comprehensive psychosocial support and gender-based violence related services.”
About UN Women:
UN Women in Lebanon works across the humanitarian-development-peace and security nexus to support national efforts for the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. To create an enabling environment for the realization of gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN Women advocates and supports social mobilization for legislative reform, works with the Government of Lebanon and partners to build gender responsive institutions, and delivers essential services to women and girls in need, host government nationals and refugees. This is complemented by work that seeks to engage communities, women and men, on issues of gender equality with the objective of addressing discriminatory gender norms.
About CARE International:
Founded in 1945, is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and providing lifesaving assistance in emergencies. CARE places special focus on working alongside vulnerable girls and women because we believe that equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to help lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Today, CARE works in 94 countries around the world, while supporting 1033 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects and reaching more than 80 million people.
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Roula Rached / Media and Communications Officer / Lebanon Office
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