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
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.
180 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.
75 women and girls have access to temporary safe sheltering at ABAAD’s three midway houses (MWHs) in North (Tripoli), Bekaa, and Mount Lebanon.
150 women and girl GBV survivors have improved access to quality engendered psycho-therapy and psychosocial support (PSS) services.
144 Syrian refugee women and vulnerable women from host communities have received upskilling training and referrals to job counseling.
90 men with abusive behaviors have improved access to tailored engendered psychosocial support services at ABAAD’s center in the Bekaa.
The project targets vulnerable women and girls who are at-risk of and/or survivors of gender-based
violence (GBV). A total of 1,449 women and girls between 16 and 90 years old and 90 men will be targeted; A total of 1,539 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 Sin El Fil, Metn, Mount Lebanon, 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 180 women and girls.
Activity 1.1.2: Individualized mental health (MH) services provided to 145 survivors at ABAAD's 3 WGSS.
Activity 1.2.1: 75 Women and girl survivors of GBV receive holistic care at ABAAD's three emergency safe shelters (midway houses).
Activity 2.1.1. Implementation of 12 cycles Basic Lifeskills Program (BLSP); 36 sessions per cycle to 150 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 900 women and girls at the 3 WGSS.
Activity 2.2.1. Implementation of 12 upskilling cycles (12 sessions/cycle] and training support to 144 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 144 women and girls at the 3 WGSS.
Activity 2.3.1. Implementation of 6 Anger & Stress Workshops [6 sessions/workshop] for 90 men in the Men Center (Family Support Unit) Bekaa.
Lebanon has been facing multiple crisis since 2020; from socioeconomic deteriorations, 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.