The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation in Lebanon

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Since 2005, Kvinna till Kvinna has been steadfast in supporting women’s rights in Lebanon. In the face of daunting challenges stemming from instability and gender inequality, our partners are at the forefront, combating gender-based violence, providing crucial assistance to survivors of abuse, engaging with marginalized communities, and tirelessly advocating for the rights of all women across Lebanon. 

Our work is centered in Beirut, where we operate from our dedicated office, serving as a beacon of hope and progress for women across Lebanon. 

Why we work in Lebanon

While Lebanon may be perceived as relatively progressive in terms of women’s rights compared to some of its regional counterparts, significant barriers still hinder women and girls from attaining equal social, political, and economic standing. The struggle for full and equal citizenship persists, with women unable to transmit nationality to their children or spouses. Tragically, domestic violence and child marriage continue to plague communities. 

The nation grapples with internal and regional conflicts, compounded by a severe economic crisis since 2019, impacting essential service delivery and parliamentary functionality. Despite these challenges, strides have been made, evidenced by recent legislative measures aimed at protecting women, including laws addressing domestic violence and ongoing discussions regarding child marriage. 

How we support women in Lebanon

In collaboration with our esteemed partners in Lebanon, we undertake a multifaceted approach to support women, including: 

  • Offering shelter, hotlines, legal aid, psychological support, and reproductive health services to survivors of violence
  • Advocating for women’s rights to pass citizenship to their children and spouses
  • Protecting against domestic violence
  • Combatting child and forced marriages
  • Educating men and local decision-makers on women’s rights
  • Enhancing the security and well-being of women’s rights activists
  • Disseminating feminist knowledge through oral history and archiving
  • Empowering movement building
  • Upholding the rights of migrant domestic workers.

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Last updated or reviewed 3 July 2024