Updated Sep 09, 2019

ABAAD - Resource Center for Gender Equality

Fostering protection by reaching the unreachable!

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Narod Haroutunian

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Stage 5: Scaling

Through the Mobile Bus, ABAAD in 2018 reached 12 400+ individuals. The team however identified a gap in activities and services provided to persons with disabilities/special needs (physical and mental). As such, we aim to test adapting PSS sessions to the needs of the persons with physical and mental disabilities so as to ensure their inclusion in the sessions and also on the longer term, we aim to replicate this work in Syria.

Focus Areas:

Gender

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Implemented In:

Syria and Lebanon

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Countries Implemented In

Problem

Following assessments conducted by ABAAD in the field, the below key problems have been identified: -Displacements and migration are accompanied with a high prevalence of GBV among Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon -The scarcity of adequate holistic GBV services in Lebanon makes it difficult for Syrian refugees to break the cycle of violence -There is lack of information on available GBV services and relevant referral pathways among refugee communities

Innovation Description

“Jina Al-Dar” is a bus touring the most marginalized areas, towns and villages in Lebanon, with a specialized team and volunteers that provide services aiming to prevent and reduce all forms of violence against women and girls such as: • Awareness, education and information sessions on women’s and girls’ legal rights, sexual and reproductive rights and health • Referral to the relevant long-term psycho-social support, legal and medical services provided by ABAAD’s centers • Psycho-social support recreational activities targeting boys and girls • Recreational activities targeting families, women and men, including interactive theater, puppetry and screening of documentaries The overall goal of ''Jina Al-Dar'' is to improve protection prospects for both refugees and host communities in Lebanon, not only by providing life-saving services but also empowering right holders to exercise their rights, gain full agency and fulfill their potentials as full and equal members of society. This is done through the different activities and interventions that promote the self-reliance of participants, building their capacities, enhancing opportunities, removing constraints and ensuring their personal safety & security. Furthermore, ABAAD aims to promote an enabling environment in which social norms around violence against women and girls are shifted.

Competitive Advantage

ABAAD has developed the capacity to deeply analyze relevant gender issues and design innovative interventions. Using a ‘Holistic Care Approach’, ABAAD provides GBV survivors and vulnerable persons with contextual, responsive and assistive services while simultaneously empowering them and building their awareness and knowledge. The mobile bus intervention is the only outreach modality of its kind, within the GBV sector, that ensures access for vulnerable population in remote areas. We aim to use technological innovation as transformative tools for both people in need and those providing humanitarian relief, as such, digital media and technology are often used in our interventions: In 2018, ABAAD launched the RESPOND Mobile Application which serves as a tool for frontline workers to familiarize with the SGBV referral pathways in Lebanon, GBV guiding principles and safe identification and referral principles. The app was also disseminated and shared across all ABAAD’s structures, including ABAAD’s Mobile Unit interventions to promote social cohesion and encourage disclosure of GBV cases. The app helped in linking such disclosed cases to the nearest available GBV structure. Through the Mobile Bus, ABAAD is also conducting workshops with children and adolescent boys to build their capacities in animation techniques, specifically the “Stop Motion” animation videos, as a tool for self-expression.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Through the tours conducted in peripheral communities across Lebanon, the team identified a high gap in activities and services provided to persons with disabilities\special needs (physical and mental). As such, within our Mobile Unit interventions, we aim to extract the relevance of the adapted PSS sessions and facilitation techniques to the needs of the persons with disabilities, by training our facilitators and implementing the sessions. This approach will be monitored and evaluated and the results will be used to feed into a learning document outlining general recommendations and guidelines on conducting inclusive PSS activities at the community level, always abiding by the Do No Harm principles in serving our beneficiaries, and preserving the best interest of all beneficiaries, staff members and partners. ABAAD also plans on: •Developing a mobile APP which will help staff members better manage the schedule of interventions and access data. •Creating relevant M&E tools to effectively collect pre-post tests and measure impact and adjust our services when necessary and always improve and better reach and serve our beneficiaries. •Extending its work to Syria to help women directly through programs implemented by ABAAD and indirectly by building the capacity of Syrian CSOs and enabling them to effectively implement gender equality and GBV prevention & response programs.

Milestones

Sep 2019
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New Country Implemented In
Lebanon
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New Country Implemented In
Syria