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ABAAD: UNSCR 1325 and the Syrian Crisis

May 23, 2013

Since September 2012, ABAAD has been actively engaged in responding to the plight of Syrian women and young girls refugees in Lebanon. In designing its emergency plan, ABAAD has incorporated UNSCR 1325, where the protection of women and girls’ human rights during conflict/post conflict and the prevention of GBV were the major hinge, around which our interventions were designed.

Syrian Child in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus/ UN Photo

Syrian Child in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus/UN Photo

Addressing Gender-Based Violence

ABAAD has an extensive experience in working in addressing GBV in emergency settings. To date, the majority of programs addressing GBV among Syrian refugees provided by international and local organizations have emphasized the response—that is, caring for survivors after the violence has occurred. While it is critical to ensure that all survivors have access to essential care and services, it is as important to pay much greater attention to programs that help prevent GBV from occurring in the first place.

Prevention Strategies

As part of its prevention strategy, ABAAD offers group therapy sessions targeting vulnerable Syrian men and boys whether perpetrators, or witnesses of violence, or those who have lost means to take care of their families, or are GBV survivors, or at risk. During its pilot phase, an estimated number of 30 men and boys will be targeted through available and functioning community centers in each relevant community especially those managed by ABAAD partners like IMC and IRC. Men and boys will gain tools on how to enhance their resilience and adaptation strategies vis-à-vis the tough situation they are living in and eventually decrease the risk of using violence to cope with stress. Beneficiates will be provided with venue for a much needed emotional expression which is the most important step in overcoming trauma and beginning a pathway towards psychological wellbeing and reducing risk of using violence in spousal/family relationship. This will also result in their feeling of relief.

Continuous work other partners

As an intervention mechanism, ABAAD has conducted a rapid assessment on GBV among Syrian women and girls’ refugees, in partnership with IRC. Moreover, ABAAD in partnership with IRC has opened two Women & Girls community centers in the Bekaa and the North. Currently, ABAAD’s case management teams are providing an average of 80 case management services and psychological and psychiatric consultations per month.  Furthermore, ABAAD with the support of DRC, UNHCR & UNICEF is establishing three Transition Mid-way houses in the South, North and Beqaa for provision of emergency housing for women & children victims of SGBV.

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