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Tools for » Preventing and Responding t SGBV with special focus on Syrian Conflict related sexual violence, through Capacity Building, Advocacy and Knowledge Products
Project ID 00102092 Description UNA047 UNDP UNFPA LEBANON
Fund
UN Action Agst Sexual Violence
Start Date *: 21 Sep 2016
Theme
UN Action Against Sexual Viole
Project status On Going
Country United Nations Participating Organization   Multiple
About

In view of the response to the humanitarian crisis since 2012, UNDP and UNFPA are seeking to further build on the previous achievements and already constituted networks for scaling up successful interventions, such as the institutionalization of the UNFPA “Violence Against Women (VAW)” Curriculum at the Internal Security Forces (ISF) Academy in 2013, the institutionalization of a GBV curriculum (with due attention to crisis specificity) within midwifery school of the University Saint Joseph (USJ), the UNFPA Workshop for Media and Communication Professionals on “Reporting on Gender-Based Violence in the Syria Crisis” in 2015 or the pilot on involving men and boys on SGBV issues implemented by UNFPA and INTERSOS in 2015. UNDP’s intervention has been at the level of policy development and legal reform, closely working with the Woman and Child Parliamentary Committee to develop a joint strategy that address amendments to the penal code on articles pertaining to sexual coercion and honor killing, that should be amended or canceled to promote protection against domestic violence. UNDP has also had subnational interventions, providing women with alternatives to be active members of households, through the promotion of awareness campaigns on their rights, but also giving them economic opportunities to support their independence.

The outputs and activities proposed here have been all raised as gaps recognized by the National SGBV Task Force, and also recent studies, reports and assessments[1]

In addition the project aims at maintaining a strong investment in local capacities to enhance protection means, taking into consideration the LCRP and employing a sustainable approach, through developing the capacity of the relevant national and local institutions as well as raising survivors’ and public awareness. Moreover, the proposed interventions can be considered as catalytic in terms of generating actions at national and local levels against impunity for sexual violence crimes, developing preventive support measures, especially in terms of conflict-related sexual violence and supporting policy and legislative reforms with new laws, decrees, and amendments to existing laws in order to prevent SGBV and enforce protection through perception changes.

 

Project Goal and Outputs

The project’s goal is to increase protection of both refugee and host community women and girls, men and boys affected by the Syrian crisis. The specific outputs are as follows:

Output 1: Capacity of law enforcement sector enhanced to respond to the needs of SGBV survivors in a safe and ethical way;

Output 2: Generation of evidence and knowledge products supported in order to better target specific SGBV prevention and response intervention;

Output 3: Awareness raised and sustainable advocacy efforts supported aiming at improving SGBV perceptions.

 

The project responds to the humanitarian priorities agreed upon by the Government of Lebanon and the international community for 2016.  Specifically, this action’s outputs and corresponding activities are in line with the related outputs and priority interventions (i.e. under sectors Protection, Health and Social Cohesion[2] set forth in the 3RP (Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan) and the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP)[3]. The project also responds to priority needs set out in the report of the  SRSG Bangura’s visit to Middle East – including Lebanon (April 2015), the SRSJ Draft Strategy Paper on Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Middle East and North Africa[4], and by the National SGBV Task Force chaired by UNHCR and co-led by UNFPA and UNICEF[5].

 


[1] For instance, UNFPA, in collaboration with UNHCR, UNICEF, Save the Children, UNESCO, “Situation Analysis of Youth in Lebanon affected by the Syrian Crisis”, April 2014; Spencer, R. A., J. Usta, A. Essaid, S. Shukri, Y. El-Gharaibeh, H. Abu-Taleb, N. Awwad, H. Nsour, Alianza por la Solidaridad, UNFPA and C. J. Clark (2015). Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls Displaced by the Syrian Conflict in South Lebanon and North Jordan: Scope of Violence and Health Correlates, Alianza por la Solidaridad.

[2] These three sectors are those in direct link with UNFPA mandate in which UNFPA actively contributed during the LCRP exercise in order to define priority interventions.  

[3] Led by the Government of Lebanon, the LCRP 2015-16 increases attention and investments for Lebanon’s needs, strengthening the link between international humanitarian aid for those displaced by Syria’s conflict and Lebanon’s national stability.  The LCRP is an achievable, integrated strategy for Lebanon’s unique context. It seeks more cost-effective solutions for humanitarian aid delivery as needs continue to deepen. It also adds weight to a vital stabilization effort tackling Lebanon’s economy and institutions, connecting to initiatives by the wider international community and the International Support Group for Lebanon. The LCRP’s relief and protection programme for the displaced from Syria and the poorest Lebanese is complemented by a proposed investment in service and social welfare systems, job creation and conflict mitigation in high-risk parts of the country. This plan uses Lebanese systems to channel international financing. It provides tools and materials for public institutions, employs and trains Lebanese workers and creates markets for Lebanese goods and services. These strategies will evolve continuously, to fit Lebanon’s changing needs and priorities.

[4] Particularly in Pillars 4 “Strengthen the Support and Services to Survivors of Sexual Violence”; 5 “Deepen Information, Analysis and Documentation”.

[5] The SGBV Task Force aims to coordinate SGBV prevention and response interventions in the country, gathering more than 30 international and local SGBV actors. 

 

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