Advancing causes across the MENA region

MENA CAMPAIGN HUB is a centralized platform that gathers campaigns and advocacy efforts from the Middle East and North Africa region. It serves as a comprehensive resource, informing, connecting, and empowering countries in MENA. By bringing campaigns together, fostering cooperation, and creating a supportive network, the platform maximizes their impact, promotes collective growth, and drives positive change throughout the region while showcasing them.

Criminalize all forms of sexual harassment and rehabilitating its victims, number 205/2020

The National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), with support from the United Nations Population Fund, is leading an advocacy campaign for the implementation of Law 205/2020, which criminalizes all kinds of sexual harassment.

Stop Early Marriage!

The Lebanese Democratic Women’s Gathering (RDFL) in partnership with PLAN is advocating for setting a minimum age for marriage and strengthening the enforcement of laws to protect children from being forced into early marriages.

Shame On Who?

This campaign was launched by ABAAD to shed light on the pervasive issue of sexual harassment and address the harmful practice of victim-blaming towards survivors of rape. The primary objective of this campaign is to advocate for stricter sanctions and expedited trials against rapists, particularly in cases of sexual violence and rape. Additionally, the campaign aims to challenge prevailing social perceptions that stigmatize and shame female victims of rape, ultimately pressuring them to conceal the crime. By doing so, the campaign strives to foster a supportive and understanding public opinion that unequivocally condemns rape as a heinous crime deserving severe and deterrent punishment.

A White Dress Doesn’t Cover the Rape

In 2016, under the approach of ending sexual gender based violence and with the support of many International Organizations and UN agencies, like UN Women, Plan International, Save the Children International, Diakonia and Norwegian Church Aid, ABAAD launched a campaign under the title “A White Dress Doesn’t cover the Rape” during the 16 days of Activism to end violence against women, as part of the process of demanding the abolishment of article 522 of the Lebanese Penal Code. On Wednesday December 7, the Lebanon’s parliamentary committee for administration and justice announced a recommendation to repeal Article 522 of the country’s penal code.

Lebanon has no personality

KAFA campaign attacks Lebanon’s personal status laws as outdated. It expresses dissatisfaction with the state of Lebanon’s civil law and personal status laws and criticizes the absence of a comprehensive civil law that would regulate the rights and duties of citizens, arguing that the reliance on sectarian laws strengthens social and sectarian divisions and perpetuates discrimination against women. The campaign aimed to expose the flaws and human rights violations within the personal status laws, with a particular focus on child marriage. The summary emphasizes the need for a civil law for personal status that ensures full equality in family-related affairs, stating that without addressing this core issue, other reforms will remain superficial.

Kelmet Alla Ysa’eda, Ma Betsa’eda

On the occasion of the International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2013, ABAAD launched its nationwide campaign under the slogan “Kelmet Alla Ysa’eda, Ma Betsa’eda”. The idea of the campaign stemmed from the fact that despite increasing concern related to GBV, the general attitude towards the subject or GBV-related incidents is overwhelmingly passive. The campaign built upon ABAAD’s organisational belief and strategy of using positive psychology and inspirational messages to catalyse social change towards gender equality in Lebanon, and it focused on the individual and collective strengths of people in Lebanon.
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