Human Rights & Protection

Local and Regional Entanglements: The Social Stability Context in Sahel Akkar

This report introduces the conflict context in the Sahel Akkar area, the Lebanese most northern coastal area bordering Syria. Sahel Akkar is predominantly agricultural, with Muslim Sunni and Alawite residents and a small Christian minority, in addition to a Syrian refugee population equivalent in number to a third of the Lebanese population. The conflict issues experienced in the area today are rooted in structural causes, including a long history of control by feudal families and marginalization in national politics and developmental agenda.

An Urban Suburb with the Capacities of a Village: The Social Stability Context in the Coastal Chouf Area

This report introduces the conflict context in the coastal Chouf area, a semi-urban area connecting the capital Beirut to Sidon in the south, the country’s third largest city. The area is largely urbanized with government employment providing the main source of income, in addition to significant industrial and touristic sectors. Its resident population is predominantly Sunni, as a large percentage of the registered Christian population was displaced during the war.

The Social Stability Context in the Nabatieh & Bint Jbeil Qazas

This report presents a brief analysis of the social stability context in the Qazas of Nabatieh and Bint Jbeil in the Nabatieh governorate, a sparsely populated religiously and politically homogenous area which hosts a small number of Syrian refugees. The highly securitized border area is economically dependent on migrants’ remittances and agriculture, with a few small industries. The area is largely dominated by the strong presence and popularity of a limited number of actors, namely Hezbollah and the Amal movement and the security apparatuses, with a few secular and nationalistic parties.

UNRWA experience in gbv programming: lessons form the first five years

This document provides elements of discussion and pragmatic solutions to challenges in addressing GBV in the context of resistance. It does not provide clear cut answers to all questions, but intends to bring together evidence from UNRWA and results from other agencies. It documents lessons learned around challenges and successes in addressing GBV to be shared with the wider CoP working on GBV.

For a fee: The business of recruiting Bangladeshi women for domestic work in Jordan and Lebanon

This study aims to shed light on the industry that profits from the recruitment of women from South Asian countries into domestic work employment in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Bangladesh, Jordan and Lebanon. It analyses the ‘business model’ utilised by labour recruiters to generate income and profit and to minimize risk and loss. In the case of international recruitment, in order to profit, recruiters must devise competitive strategies to generate income greater than the costs of finding, selecting, processing and mobilising people into jobs.

Working with Men to Prevent Violence Against Women: An Overview (Part One)

This paper provides a brief overview of what is known about effective strategies for involving men in violence prevention efforts from the perspective of men who are recipients of anti-violence programs as well as from the men who provide them. It defines the term “prevention” for men’s violence against women, reviews best practices for involving men and for tailoring programs (for men in general and for particular groups of men) and, in Part Two, offers examples of prevention program formats and pedagogy.

Working with Gender Based Violence Survivors: Reference Training Manual for Frontline Staff

This resource is a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reference training manual for frontline staff on how to work with GBV survivors. The manual is comprised of eight units: 1) Definitions of Common Concepts and Terms; 2) Gender Based Violence; 3) Effects of Gender Based Violence; 4) Intervention in Cases of Gender Based Violence; 5) Support and Counselling Skills; 6) Role of Social Counsellor; 7) Role of Educators; and 8) Role of Health Care Providers. 

International Migration Paper 48: Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon

This study, prepared by Dr. Ray Jureidini, identifies practices and patterns that are the key causes for women domestic migrant workers' vulnerability in Bahrain and provide alternative approaches for effective means for action. The research compiled base line data and had the aim of bringing policy makers and all other concerned actors into dialogue in finding solutions through practical means to improve protection and enhance working conditions for women migrant domestic workers. This study identifies and assesses legal and administrative arrangements in hiring domestic workers.

Social Protection for Women Workers in the Informal Economy

This article examines various approaches to the development of social protection schemes for informal women workers and issues facing this process. Sections in the article include 1) Introduction; 2) An Approach to Social Protection; 3) Components of a Social Protection Program for Women Workers; 4) Building Member-Based Organization; 5) Laws and Regulatory Environment; and 6) SEWA: A Case Study. 

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