Dawric – Direct Action for Women: Reform, Inclusion and Confidence


The project “DAWRIC - Direct Action for Women: Reform, Inclusion and Confidence”aims to build women’s capacity and to provide broad-based support for their active involvement in combating poverty among Lebanese women and ensuring gender equality in the political and decision-making realm. DAWRIC’s activities are implemented in 22 towns across four Lebanese governorates in the North, the South, the Bekaa and in Beirut/Mount Lebanon.

This project is funded by the European Union under the “Social Justice Programme”, which is comprised of eight projects. The programme’s objective is to advocate for democracy, human rights and social justice in Lebanon, promoting good governance and gender equality at its core. Overall, the programme supports the strengthening of the institutional framework for the protection of human rights and the development of democratic governance in Lebanon.

Budget, timeframe, scope, beneficiaries
Implementation period: September 2016 – September 2018.
Beneficiary: Municipalities, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Lebanese citizens
Budget: €989,786.03
Overall objective: Promoting gender equality in Lebanon in the political and decision-making realms at both local and national levels; building women’s capacity for their active involvement in public life to combat women’s poverty in urban and rural areasand to lobby for equality.

Project purpose

• Ensuring women’s active involvement in the local decision-making processes with the support of local communities
• Establishing a greater representation of the issues faced by poor women residing in urban and rural areas in local authorities’ priorities
• Facilitate national and emerging coalitions to advance women’s participation in public life
• Ensuring that advocacy campaigns such as ‘Women participation in public life’ designed and managed through evidence-based data


• Completed five introductory sessionson the project aims and activities in four governorates: North, South, Hasbaya, Beirut & Mount Lebanon and Bekaa
• Selected 20 municipalities under DAWRIC project
• Conducted one-on-one visit to 20 selected municipalities’ mayors and key staff
• Completed focus groups in four districts for the selected municipalities and their respective CSOs
• Prepared Monitoring and Evaluation to start the Baseline surveys in the selected regions.


What is being done?
In February and March 2017, DAWRIC organised four sessions to introduce the project and to discuss how to best establish a partnership between the municipalities, the British Council and the European Union. The first introductory session took place in Tripoli and was attended by representatives from several municipalities from North Lebanon. Two sessions were later held in the South (in Saida and in Hasbaya), followed by a session in Beirut and Mount Lebanon and finally in the Bekaa.

The DAWRIC project has so far also organised focus group workshops to discuss the project’s proposed activities with Civil Society Organisations and municipality representatives that will be involved in the implementation phase.

What more will be done?
DAWRIC is currently planning a series of capacity building sessions that will take place in the four Lebanese governorates of the North, the South, Beirut/Mount Lebanon and the Bekaa. The sessions will tackle different topics, such as gender sensitization, English and vocational skills, entrepreneurship, and media and communications.

The project will also provide the four municipalities and Civil Society Organisations in the area the opportunity to establish women committees and to benefit from Social Action projects.

Another activity in the making is the training of journalists to report on women’s issues and to encourage a coalition of NGOs and CBOs for the implementation of advocacy plans and of research at the national level.