Working to Enhance Inclusion of Women in Peace and Stability Processes

Lebanon’s recent history is rife with war, instability, and political and religious tensions – from the 1958 crisis, to the 15,5-year-long civil war, to the widespread polarisation created by the Cold War, and, most recently, the direct political unrest and humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis.

Moreover, despite the fact that women and girls in Lebanon are often severely affected by the country’s ongoing challenges, they have very little say in political decision-making. 

WILPF and our partners in Lebanon have been working to address these challenges both at the grassroots and institutional levels, through participatory approaches that aim to enhance the inclusion of women in peace and stability processes. 

Additionally, WILPF section in Lebanon, founded in 1962, currently focuses its work on providing Syrian women living in refugee camps with the opportunity to acquire skills in resolution of daily conflicts within their communities.

Anthony Keedi speaking at an event.

“Conflict is natural. Violence is a choice.”

Anthony Keedi
Masculinities Technical Advisor
at ABAAD

WILPF Partners

WILPF’s partner in Lebanon, ABAAD, is a non-profit, non-politically affiliated, non-confessional association founded in 2011 that aims to achieve gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable peace, democracy, and social and economic development in the MENA region.

Addressing the Root Causes of Violence

Two men and two women sitting at a panel table. One man is holding a booklet. One woman is speaking in a microphone

In 2019, Abaad, WILPF, and the MenEngage Alliance organised an event called “Patriarchal Masculinity, Militarism, and the WPS Agenda” on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

The panelists identified best practices for engaging men to transform mainstream narratives surrounding masculinity and power.

Anthony Keedi of ABAAD emphasised the need to change our framework from “power over’” to “power with.”

ABAAD on the Steering Committee of the Lebanon 1325 NAP

Illustration NAP Lebanon: "Lebanon National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325"

Lebanon adopted its first National Action Plan (NAP) in 2019 to be implemented for the 2019-2022 period.

The NAP was developed by a steering committee, in which ABAAD was the only civil society organisation represented.

The objectives of the NAP reflect the pillars of UNSCR 1325, with specific focus on increasing women’s full participation in decision-making processes in the political, diplomatic, and economic domains, as well as in the security and defense sectors.

On-the-Ground Support for SGBV Survivors

As part of WILPF-ABAAD’s joint project “Growing The Movement for Feminist Peace in the Mena Region,” ABAAD provides multi-sectoral services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as well as women and girls who are at-risk of or affected by any form of violence due to conflict.

ABAAD Women and Girls Safe Spaces (WGSS) services, which are present throughout the country (North, Bekaa, South, Beirut, and Mount Lebanon), were strategically selected to ensure geographical diversity and facilitate the organisation’s ability to reach women in different areas of Lebanon.

As part of WILPF-ABAAD’s joint project “Growing The Movement for Feminist Peace in the Mena Region,” ABAAD provides multi-sectoral services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as well as women and girls who are at-risk of or affected by any form of violence due to conflict.

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Universal Periodic Review of Lebanon

Joint submission for the UPR of Lebanon 37th session of the UPR Working Group

Demilitarisation

WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.