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Organisations we support

Assocation Najdeh  
Works with women’s rights in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. The organisation has centres in all of the refugee camps in the country and it is also active in the informal settlements (so-called ”gatherings”) of Palestinian refugees. The activists are working with traumatised women under difficult conditions. Najdeh uses psychodrama, a form of group therapy involving role play and theatre, as a way to process difficult experiences. The organisation also provides psychosocial support to women who are victims of domestic violence. Since a while back, Najdeh is also working with support to Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian refugee families in Lebanon.

Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action, CRTD.A – Beirut
This organisation has extensive experience of working for gender equality and empowering women politically and financially. CRTD.A was a pioneer in the Middle East in terms of research, advocating for legislative change and increasing women’s rights and participation in society. The organisation is also a driving force in the fight for women’s rights to pass on their citizenship to their spouse and children.

KAFA (Enough) Violence & Exploitation
Provides support to abused women through their support centers in Beirut and Bekka. KAFA works to increase access to information about violence against women and  seeks to raise public awareness of the issue. The organisation also spreads knowledge about how gender-based violence affects the whole community and it has been an important actor in the development of a proposal for a national law on violence against women.

Lebanese Council to Resist Violence Against Women, LECORVAW – Beirut/Tripoli
One of the first Lebanese organisations to work with violence against women. LECORVAW provides protection to women who are victims of domestic violence and works to improve civil society’s awareness and knowledge of gender-based violence. The organisation has offices and support centres in Beirut and Tripoli (northern Lebanon). After the war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, LECORVAW adapted its actions to the needs of the post-war situation, providing humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and supporting women with war trauma. Since July 2013, the organisation is also working with support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Lebanese Democratic Women Gathering, RDFL
Active in many parts of Lebanon and headquartered in Beirut. RDFL works to strengthen women’s economic, social and political rights and advocates for women’s rights to be seen as human rights, as opposed to being culturally defined. The organisation raises awareness of cultural and religious discrimination, and is active on both national and local levels. RDFL is now also engaging in work against child marriage as they have seen an increase of this linked to the Syrian refugee crisis. They are currently working on drafting a new national law to protect young girls from early marriages, setting the legal age to 18, regardless of sectarian belonging.

Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organisation, PWHO – Bourj el-Barajneh/ Beirut
Works with women’s rights at the Palestinian refugee camp in Bourj el-Barajneh (Beirut). The PWHO offers courses on good diet, health and women’s rights at all of its centres, and provides support to marginalised women in the camp to help them to cope with difficult conditions and a lack of security. The organisation is one of the few that organises safe meeting places for women in the camps. Women can meet, talk about everyday life and share experiences at the PWHO’s centres. Since a while back, PWHO has also extended its work to include Syrian-Palestinian and Syrian refugees, focusing on women and children and on supporting the local communities where they live. These activities include increasing the knowledge of women’s rights among men and local decision-makers.

Women Human Rights Defenders, Middle East and North Africa Coalition
The Women Humans Rights Defenders, Middle East and North Africa Coalition works to promote the rights of women and women human rights defenders in the region, including a focus on WHRDs’ security where they work to protect defenders in the public sector and shed light on violations against them. They also work through advocacy, shared experiences, activities, and knowledge production to challenge the culture of patriarchy, the hegemonic masculinity and discrimination against women, and provide safe spaces for women human rights defenders.

 

Senast uppdaterad: 2016-10-11