Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon

EU For Women Empowerment (EU4WE)

03/11/2020 - 14:52
Democracy and Human Rights

This project aims to promote full and unconditional equality between men and women in Lebanon through reducing gender-based violence by empowering women and enhancing existing institutional mechanisms working towards gender equality.


  • Budget: € 2,474,931
  • Location: Lebanon: Beirut, Byblos (Metn) and Tyr (South)
  • Date of project: October  2019 - September 2022
  • Implementing Partner: Expertise France

The Lebanese Constitution promulgated in 1926 clearly promotes, in its article 7, the equality of all citizens before the law. It states that all citizens shall enjoy equal civil and political rights and be bound by obligations, without any distinction between them. In this context, Lebanon is also signatory to international conventions, including the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women), which mandates the obligation of every state “to take all appropriate measures including legislation, to modify or abolish existing laws”. Despite this, discrimination is still prevalent, especially at the level of personal status laws that govern family matters such as marriage, divorce, child custody, inheritance, the right to pass nationality and domestic violence.

Through the efforts of civil society organizations, the “LAW 293/2014 on the Protection from Domestic Violence” was adopted in April 2014. The current version of the law is meant to protect women and household members from domestic violence. However, access to legal information and full access to justice for victims of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is still largely absent.

Women are not fully integrated in the Lebanese economy, as many social, economic, and legal barriers stand in the way of their full participation. Studies and research have shown that there is a need for a "comprehensive national policy" to help overcome this situation, and design positive, proactive and implementable measures guaranteeing a better integration of women in the workforce.

Based on the above, this project will provide the needed support to institutionalise legal aid for victims of GBV and build the capacity of existing legal professionals on GBV.  It will offer capacity building, mentoring and coaching through the provision of business support services, as well as grants, to a selected group of potential entrepreneurs. The programme will support the policy framework and operational capacities of the relevant National Gender Equality Machineries (NGEM).


  • promote full and unconditional equality between men and women in Lebanon through:
  • reducing gender-based violence by empowering women
  • enhancing existing institutional mechanisms working towards gender equality


  • Lebanese women entrepreneurs
  • Lebanese attorneys in Beirut and Tripoli Bar Associations
  • Victims/survivors of gender-based violence
  • Trainee lawyers
  • National Gender Equality Machineries  (NGEM) 


  • Capacity building programmes to start-ups, women businesses and to trainee lawyers
  • Provision of financial support to pitch business ideas
  • GBV gap analysis of jurisprudence
  • Boot Camp Training for practicing attorneys from the two existing Bar Associations in Beirut and Tripoli 
  • Workshops with gender machineries and MPs
  • Support to the proper functioning of the existing National Gender Observatory


  • Reduction of gender-based violence through economic empowerment of  Lebanese women   
  • Enhancement and institutionalization of legal mechanisms to fight gender-based violence
  • Enhancement of capacities and coordination among National Gender Equality Machineries (NGEM) and relevant partners towards fulfilment of their mandate
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