The United Nations (UN) in Lebanon, in collaboration with the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), has launched the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign.
The initiative aims to address the escalating violence against women and girls amid the current multi-layered crisis in Lebanon. Running from November 25 to December 10, the campaign emphasizes the need for concerted efforts to prevent and end gender-based violence.
In 2020, 43% of women and 30% of men in Lebanon reported witnessing or knowing someone who experienced violence. The campaign, aligned with the global theme “UNiTE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls,” urges financing strategies to proactively combat gender-based violence.
The UN Women-led campaign includes social media messaging with hashtags #NoExcuse and #وقفة_لوقف_العنف, as well as a video featuring Lebanese artist Abeer Nehme and news anchor Yazbek Wehbe.
The focus is on raising awareness, advocating for protection, and promoting gender and GBV risk-mitigation strategies in emergency planning and preparedness. Throughout the 16 days, the campaign seeks increased investment in preventing and protecting women and girls from violence.