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Brief Background


Despite the various efforts made in Lebanon to achieve gender equality and end violence against women and girls (VAWG), the situation remains troubling. In 2019, Lebanon ranked 145th out of 153 countries in the world on the World Economic Forum’s global gender gap index and ranked 14th among the 19 MENA countries.

Patriarchal social structures and practices, as well as communities’ lack of awareness of women’s rights, limit women’s access to economic resources and leadership positions in the political and social spheres, while simultaneously codifying discrimination in public policy. Furthermore, traditional social images of male superiority and power imbalances still foster attitudes and behaviors that sustain gender inequality, violence, and discrimination.

Project Description

Search for Common Ground (Search), in partnership with ABAAD - Resource Center for Gender Equality (ABAAD), are implementing the Partners for Justice Project (April 2020 – December 2021) in Lebanon. This project will help reduce violence against women and girls in Lebanon by transforming men’s and women’s, boys’ and girls’ attitudes towards patriarchal norms that define masculinities, and addressing the root causes of VAWG in public and private spheres.


This will be met through the following specific objectives (SO):


  • SO1: Empowering men and boys to positively engage and work with women and become allies and champions of gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls.
  • SO2: Promote a shift in communities’ attitudes in target areas around the permissibility of, and assumptions related to, violence against women and girls.


The project covers the following geographical areas of focus: North, Mount-Lebanon, Beirut, Bekaa and the South.

A series of workshops with youth and media stakeholders, as well as youth led-research on gender and masculinity, will embed gender sensitivity skills and positive masculinities within individuals and civil society organizations, who will be able to draw upon these skills in the future. These activities will feed into the design of a national advocacy and awareness campaign that is locally rooted and thus relevant to rural and urban contexts in Lebanon. The campaign will promote positive narratives of masculinity and raise awareness about VAWG to a wider public audience.

About ABAAD - Resource Center for Gender Equality

ABAAD is a non-profit, non-politically affiliated, non-religious civil association that aims to achieve gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region. ABAAD seeks to promote women's equality and participation through policy development, legal reform, and gender mainstreaming, engaging men, eliminating discrimination, and advancing and empowering women to participate effectively and fully in their communities. ABAAD also seeks to support and collaborate with civil society organizations that are involved in gender equality programs and advocacy campaigns.

About Search for Common Ground Lebanon

Search for Common Ground (Search) is a non-governmental organization working to transform the way the world deals with conflict. We have acquired over 35 years of experience in peacebuilding and are based in over 30 countries around the world. Search first worked in Lebanon in 1996, addressing multiple issues arising within Lebanon's diverse society. In each project we seek to engage all stakeholders to work together to address shared challenges and develop joint solutions.

Impact on the Community

The project will look for full and holistic inclusion of communities by supporting different local organizations from different areas all around Lebanon. Empowering youth and civil society actors through development of capacities will allow for increased social engagement and responsibility.

Through this project, men will deconstruct and change their own attitudes around the socially built norms of masculinity that push them to play the role of “protector” and “controller” of women and girls in the public and private space, as well as understand and embrace the role they can play in shifting communities’ attitudes toward the permissibility of, and assumptions related to VAWG.

How to apply

Call for Participation

Search and ABAAD invite Youth-Led CSOs and NGOs to submit applications for the pre-qualification round of the Gender Equality & Positive Masculinity Trainings, Participatory Gender Research and Media for Social Change Workshops.

Following evaluation of applications, selected CSOs and NGOs will then be invited to submit more information on their representatives and resources. The submission requirements for the pre-qualification round are as follows:

1. One completed Organizational Profile Application Form per organization

2. One completed Participant Profile Application Form for Each Participant with up to 3 participants per organization

Selection Criteria

CSO or NGO should:                        

  • Be a Local Non-Profit Entity (Official registration as an NGO is not a main requirement)
  • Be Youth-led; "Youth-led organizations are those that are fully led, managed and coordinated by young people. This means that staff and members are all below 35, and work on a variety of issues from a youth perspective."
  • Have values and missions that align with the project goal (commitment to human rights including social justice, non-discrimination and gender diversity and equality); The project will also place high value on the inclusion of actors from a full spectrum of diversities (Mental and Physical Abilities, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities, Ethnicities, Class, Race, Religion etc. )
  • Focus on the following Key Areas of Interest: human rights including the rights of persons with disabilities, social justice, gender equality, masculinities, women’s protection and empowerment, conflict resolution, sustainable development, etc.;
  • Have active programs/projects in at least one of the target areas;
  • Have at least 1 and a maximum of 3 Arabic and English Language skilled staff members that are available for the entire implementation of the project (July 2020 – December 2021);
  • Have technological and digital capacities to join online training and complete necessary assessments.


Application Procedure, Deadline and Schedule


Applicants have to fill in the following forms: 

Organizational Profile Application Form:

Participant Profile Application Form for Each Participant:

and send a confirmation of submission email with Subject Line: Application to the Partners for Justice Training Program to both: [email protected] and [email protected] by a maximum of June 22nd, 2020.

We will accept up to three applicants from each organization.

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and priority will be given to those CSOs and NGOs who meet the criteria and apply earlier.


Shortlisted organizations will be contacted within two weeks of the submission of their application as assessments and workshops are expected to start by July 2020.

Contact Details

Contact Person: Zeina Schoucair from ABAAD

Contact Person Position: Partners for Justice Project Manager

Contact Person Email: [email protected]


Monday, 22. Jun 2020
Type of Call
Call for Applications
Intervention Sector(s):
Gender issues