Psychosocial support, protection, and economic empowerment for women and girls affected by the protracted Syria crisis in Bekaa, North, and Mount Lebanon areas in Lebanon

Contract partner: Diakonie ACT Austria gemeinnützige GmbH Country: Libanon Funding amount: € 1.500.000,00 Project start: 15.09.2021 End: 31.07.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

The programme aims at improving access of women and girl survivors of and/or at-risk of Gender Based Violence (GBV) to holistic prevention and response services in Lebanon’s North (Tripoli), Bekaa (Baalbek), and Mount Lebanon regions

Expected results

448 women and girls access holistic and quality response and prevention services at three of ABAAD’s Women and Girls Safe Spaces (WGSS) in North (Tripoli), Bekaa and Mount Lebanon.

157 women and girls have access to temporary safe sheltering at ABAAD’s three midway houses (MWHs) in North (Tripoli), Bekaa and Mount Lebanon.

1,508 women and girl GBV survivors have improved access to quality engendered psycho-therapy and psychosocial support (PSS) services.

180 Syrian refugee women and vulnerable women from host communities have received upskilling training and referrals to job counseling.

180 men with abusive behaviors have improved access to tailored engendered psychosocial support services at ABAAD’s center in the Bekaa.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The project targets vulnerable women and girls who are at-risk of and/or survivors of gender-based

violence (GBV). A total of 6,000 women and girls between 16 and 90 years old and 180 men will be targeted; A total of 6,180 beneficiaries will be reached with refugees composing 60% of the target group and 40% host community. The programme will be implemented by the local partner ABAAD - Resource Center for Gender Equality. Project locations are Furn El Chebek, Sin El Fil, Metn, Mount Lebanon, Zahle, Ras Baalbek; Baalbek, Bekaa and Qobbeh, Tripoli, North.


Activity 1.1.1: Holistic Case Management (CM) provided by Gender-Based Violence (GBV) caseworkers (CWS) at ABAAD's three Women & Girls Safe Spaces (WGSS) to 448 women and girls.

Activity 1.1.2 Provision of trainings on GBV, PSS topics for ABAAD staff.

Activity 1.1.3: Individualized mental health (MH) services provided to 86 survivors at ABAAD's 3 WGSS.

Activity 1.1.4: Emotional Support Groups for 252 survivors.

Activity 1.2.1: 157 Women and girl survivors of GBV receive holistic care at ABAAD's three emergency safe shelters (midway houses MWHs).

Activity 1.2.2 Women and girl survivors of GBV participate in Recreational Activities in the MWHs.

Activity 1.2.3 Creation of a Child Friendly Space.

Activity 1.2.4 Distribution of Educational Kits for 190 children.

Activity 1.2.5 Implementation of Rehabilitation & Educational Activities for Children.

Activity 2.1.1. Implementation of Basic Lifeskills Program (BLSP cycles); 8 to 12 sessions per cycle to 1,508 women and girls at the 3 WGSS.

Activity 2.1.2: Implementation of awareness sessions and sensitization sessions on GBV core concepts, referral information, on protection laws, and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) to 6,000 women and girls at the 3 WGSS.

Activity 2.1.3 Organizing 6 Awareness and Socializing Event (100 participants per event).

Activity 2.2.1. Implementation of 24 upskilling cycles (25 sessions/cycle] and training support to 360 women and girls at the 3 WGSS. Participants who complete the sessions receive referrals to job counseling/livelihood organizations in catchment area.

Activity 2.2.2. Distribution of upskilling starter kits to 360 women and girls at the 3 WGSS.

Activity 2.3.1. Implementation of 12 Anger & Stress Workshops [6 sessions/workshop] for 180 men in the Men Center (Family Support Unit) Bekaa.


Lebanon has been facing multiple crisis since 2020; from socio-economic deterioration, to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Beirut Blast (August 4, 2020). The collective impact has increased women and girls’ vulnerabilities and risks of Gender Based violence (GBV). Rates of GBV incidents have been reported to have increased globally and in Lebanon during the imposed lockdowns and quarantines; with survivors’ access to lifesaving holistic protection and prevention services hindered. The port blast has exacerbated the already spiraling socioeconomic condition of the country; increasing survivors’ risks. To cope, households have resorted to negative coping mechanisms which include: forced/early marriage of girls, children partaking in worst-forms of child labor, increase use of corporal punishment with children, and domestic abuse.

project number 2694-06/2021
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Maßnahmen zum Wiederaufbau und Rehabilitierung nach Katastrophen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 2
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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