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Tools for » LRF-12 Women Empowerment: Peaceful Action for Security and Stability (WE PASS) - UNFPA
Project ID 00065552 Description LRF-12 Women Empowerment
Fund
Lebanon Recovery Fund
Start Date *: 31 Dec 2008
Theme
Lebanon Recovery Fund
Project status Financially Closed
Country Lebanon Participating Organization   UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
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In development, it is always a challenge to design and implement projects that address the needs of beneficiaries, while introducing sustainable tools to solve the problems. It becomes a more difficult task when the timing is post war recovery like the case of Project LBN2G102 (referred to as “Women Empowerment: Peaceful Action for Security and Stability” WE PASS) jointly implemented by the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The project which was based on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, started as a pilot in selected villages that suffered from the war of July 2006. It was launched in cooperation with municipal councils and Social Development Service Centers in selected communities. One of its main results was the establishment of women committees that act as beneficiaries of capacity building programs and partners to prioritize the needs of the women and conduct community activities. Previously, the project attracted funding for two consecutive periods: October 2006 to May 2007 (Phase I) and June 2007 to February 2008 (Phase II) respectively and was implemented in 10 communities in the South, Bekaa, and the Beirut Suburb namely Aytaroun, Bint Jbeil, Yarine, Nabatiyeh, Doueir, Deir Mimass, Ghaziyeh, Kfeir, Ras Baalback, and Ghobeiry. Today, project LBN2G102 is ongoing within the LRF support in the initial ten villages mentioned above, but also expanding to additional new villages as follows: Kuwaikhat and Kantara, Sebel, Harf Ardhe, Mina (North), Bourj Hammoud, Bourjein (Mount Lebanon), Beit Lahya (Cluster of 5 villages) (Bekaa).  

Each phase was a continuation of the previous one, building on the success stories and benefitting from the lessons learned. The additional objectives that differentiate among phases were a result of evaluation achieved in a participatory approach among the concerned stakeholders, on top of them the beneficiaries themselves. A main change that developed among phases, was the ability of the project to give direct focus to UNSCR 1325; In the first two phases, contribution of women to peace had to be a long term objective introduced as a cross cutting dimension among the “women empowerment issues”. In this current Phase III, this topic is a bold one that will be addressed directly through innovative tools. It is feasible for two reasons; on one hand the project gained credibility and established trust in the old communities, and therefore the mention of security council resolution and the word peace are no longer taken out of their context; on the other hand the armed clashes in May 2007 and the problems in the North put women under pressure to act. The other components will still continue to be addressed, i.e. participation in decision making, rights and gender discrimination, Gender Based Violence, Reproductive health, and economic empowerment for women.

The current phase III of the project aims at empowering women by building their capacities in decision-making, economic development, citizenship, leadership, reducing their vulnerability to violence, literacy programmes, increasing their access to reproductive health services, and promoting a culture of peace building and peace maintenance.  A main objective is also building a solidarity network among an estimated 300-350 women (from the women committees established in the 20 villages (both old and new) and putting in place a mechanism that would ensure a linkage with the municipal councils and bring support to various community sectoral entities i.e. health, education, agriculture, etc. for promoting women advancement at grass root level and building a culture of peace.  Another new dimension under phase III is targeting the youth, and working with them on the project’s dimensions based on their needs and aspirations particularly in community development and participation. Throughout the activities there is a particular emphasis on the well being of young people within a life skills approach.

The current phase of the project is developed within the framework of a human rights approach based on UNSCR 1325 and on national agendas and strategies like the National Population Policy, the National Women Strategy, and the National Gender Based Violence Action Plan, while concepts of Gender Equity, Equality, and Empowerment of Women and Youth empowerment were integrated in the project programmes and initiatives.

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  • Toni Ayrouth, Coordination Support; Telephone: 961 1 962524; Email: toni.ayrouth@one.un.org; Skype: toni.ayrouth1
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