BEIRUT: “Jina Al-Dar," a program by ABAAD Resource Centre for Gender Equality, has been selected as one of the ten most innovative initiatives in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the fifth annual United Nations Solutions Summit 2019, New York.
The Lebanese initiative competed with over 1,200 initiatives from 141 countries. It works towards achieving gender equality and sustaining Goal 5 of the SDGs, which “aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women in the public and private spheres and to undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources and access to ownership of property.”
“Jina Al-Dar” is a bus that tours in Lebanon’s most remote and underprivileged areas and help people in those communities overcome gender-based and domestic violence issues.
A specialized team provides prevention, risk-reduction, awareness, and life-saving services to mitigate the adverse effects of exclusion on women refugees. The services include information sessions on women and girls' legal rights as well as their sexual and reproductive rights and health. Additionally, psycho-social support activities, such as plays and documentary screenings are organized, targeting both children and adults, men and women.
“The bus doesn’t only provide a holistic care approach, but it also indirectly contributes to the community’s social cohesion and stability and peace-building in patriarchal cultures,” said ABAAD’s founder and director Ghida Anani, at the Solutions Summit. “Women empowerment, sense of agency, and their effective participation are our key priorities and we’re ready to achieve these in any and all ways possible.“
Since 2016, more than 20 thousand women, men, and children have benefited from the bus services and over 700 violence cases were reported to the on-board team.
Anani explained to Annahar the pitching process that took place at the Solutions Summit and how the selected global innovators exposed their cost-effective and impact-effective projects to an audience of accelerators. The accelerators were innovators who scaled up the innovation, recommending the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for “Jina Al-Dar” to link the cases with the team through a mobile application. This would also allow follow-up after the bus visit is over.
“I call it stubbornness and insistence on continuing the project despite Lebanon's economic and political situation, and this means a lot to me,” noted Anani.
Deputy Social Coordinator of the UN in Lebanon Philippe Lazarini, insisted that “this project follows the entire philosophy of the SDGs that is to leave no one behind.”
“Jina Al Dar” works in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and UN organizations such as the UNHCR and UN Women. It is also supported by the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the European Regional Development and Protection programme (RDPP), as well as the safe-hosting spaces.
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