[Report Launch] Reflecting One Year Later: Lebanon’s Shadow Pandemic


Since the first COVID-19 case was detected in in Lebanon in February 2020, the shadow pandemic of violence that has run parallel against women has yet to flatten its curve. Evidence across the country indicates that the risks have soared, along with call volumes on domestic violence hotlines, with strong indications of increased prevalence and severity. 
In May 2020, UN Women and UNFPA undertook primary data collection around issues of violence against women (VAW), surveying over 1500 people across the country to understand trends and attitudes during the early COVID-19 lockdown measures in Lebanon. 
UN Women and UNFPA are co-hosting a webinar on March 5 to launch the report, present new findings, as well as reflect on the #ShadowPandemic one year later: how have survivors’ of domestic violence been affected and supported during Lebanon’s COVID-19 response? What do women want and need, and what actions must be prioritized in 2021?

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021

Time: 12.30pm – 2pm (Beirut/ GMT+2)

Attendees must register in advance via this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Agenda* (to be finalized):

  • Presentation of findings
  • Reflections from Experts
  • Q&A and interactive discussion

* The event will include Arabic language interpretation. 

Featuring speakers:

Claudine Aoun Roukoz
President of the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW)
Zoya Rouhana
Founder and Director of KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation
Judge Abdallah Ahmad
Director-General of Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) in Lebanon.
Rachel Dore Weeks
Head of UN Women in Lebanon
Asma Kurdahi
Head of the UN Population Fund in Lebanon