With FEMALE’s ongoing efforts, coordination is underway with political, legal, civil society, and security entities to not only ensure awareness and support for survivors but also to develop specialized legislation addressing digital violence in Lebanon. The networking event in Tripoli marked a significant milestone in the fight against digital violence. By bringing together key stakeholders, the event underscored the importance of collaborative efforts and continuous dialogue in addressing this modern-day challenge. The discussions and presentations not only raised awareness but also paved the way for more integrated and effective strategies to protect women and girls from digital violence by working on a law that will protect us all.

Since 2020, FEMALE organization has been dedicated to advocating for and spreading awareness about digital safety, especially for women and girls, in response to the rising numbers of digital violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through advocacy campaigns and awareness sessions conducted in 112 schools and community centers around Lebanon, FEMALE has worked tirelessly to educate the public on digital safety and security.

Recognizing the importance of networking to combat violence, FEMALE partnered with the UNFPA Lebanon Office to implement the project “Providing High-Quality Services Against Gender-Based Violence for Marginalized Groups,” funded by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). As part of this initiative, a pivotal networking event was organized in Tripoli, aimed at addressing and mitigating the spread of violence against women and girls, with a particular focus on digital violence. This event marked a significant step towards fostering collaborative efforts and raising awareness about the pressing issue of gender-based digital violence, with the presence and engagement of more than 100 people and community actors and leaders in North Lebanon.


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The meeting featured insightful speeches from prominent figures. Hayat Mirshad, Executive Director of FEMALE, delivered a compelling address on the work of FEMALE on challenging digital violence. Hiba Kachour, representing the United Nations Population Fund, emphasized the critical need for collective action against this form of violence.

Graduates from the legal clinic program of FEMALE and LOYAC presented their findings and experiences related to digital violence. Their presentation highlighted the prevalence and impact of digital violence on women and girls, underscoring the urgent need for comprehensive protective measures.

The event’s highlight was a dynamic discussion session moderated by the lawyer and activist Ms. Maysa Chander. The panel comprised a diverse group of experts and leaders, including:

MP Halima Kaakour An advocate for women’s rights and legislative measures against gender-based violence. She highlighted the importance of pushing for a draft law on online gender-based violence (GBV) and taking action while all relevant stakeholders are present and in agreement.

Ms. Hilda Khoury Director of Guidance and Counseling at the Lebanese Ministry of Education. She discussed the role of educational institutions in combating digital violence and mentioned the ministry’s hotline for receiving complaints.

Ms. Rana Dabliz Director of the Human Rights Institute at the Tripoli Bar Association. She focused on the harm done to girls and women due to online GBV and the necessity for legal measures to prevent further spread.

Brigadier General Joseph Moussallem Head of Public Relations Division at the Internal Security Forces. He spoke about law enforcement’s role, promoting the helpline, and expressing readiness to collaborate for clear legal measures.

Ms. Rasha Sankari President of the Forum for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She highlighted the dangers of digital violence, especially for girls with disabilities, and discussed methods of protection.

The discussion centered on effective networking mechanisms and the necessity for joint efforts to tackle violence against women and girls, particularly in the digital sphere. The panelists provided diverse perspectives, contributing to a holistic understanding of the issue and potential strategies for intervention.

The meeting also featured an exhibition showcasing essential services available in Tripoli for gender-based violence protection. This exhibition offered participants an excellent opportunity to learn about the various support systems and resources accessible to survivors.

Moreover, the event included awareness activities tailored for adolescents. Major Vladi Al-Shurbaji, Head of the Complaints Branch in the Public Relations Division of the Internal Security Forces, conducted a session focused on prevention and protection from violence. This session aimed to equip young people with knowledge and tools to safeguard themselves against digital violence. 

FEMALE’s ongoing efforts have not only focused on raising awareness and providing support to survivors but have also paved the way for substantial legislative progress. We are working on developing a specialized law addressing digital violence in Lebanon. This initiative is crucial, as it aims to establish a legal framework that specifically targets digital violence, offering enhanced protection and recourse for victims.

Through continued efforts and partnerships, FEMALE holds the promise of creating safer digital spaces for all.



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