Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women in Lebanon


This project is funded by the European Union under the programme “Promoting Social Justice in Lebanon”. The objective of the “Promotion of Social Justice Programme” is to advocate for democracy, human rights and social justice in Lebanon. The promotion of good governance, gender equality and human rights is at the core of all projects funded under this programme. Overall, the programme supports the strengthening of the institutional framework for the protection of human rights and the development of democratic governance in Lebanon.

The project “Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women in Lebanon” contributed to these objectives through the provision of technical support to the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) and other relevant stakeholders and their internal governance processes to better promote women’s rights and gender equality. The ultimate objective of the project was to mainstream the gender dimension at policy level in all sectors in Lebanon.

Budget, timeframe, scope, beneficiaries
Implementation period: January 2015 – March 2017
Beneficiary: The National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW)
Budget: € 800,000
Overall objective: Mainstreaming of gender dimension at policy level in all sectors

Project purpose

• Strengthening NCLW’s internal governance to ensure effective fulfilment of its mandate;
• Creating effective coordination and networking mechanisms with state and nonstate actors;
• Improving media outreach and advocacy.

Milestones / Project highlights

• A quotas study and a ‘how to advocate for quotas’ toolkit released for MPs, political parties, etc., leading to unified messages on quotas coming from the NCLW and CSOs;
• Capacity building of various stakeholders, mainly the Gender Focal Points (GFP) in all ministries, for a better understanding of the concept of gender mainstreaming, and better internal and external coordination.


• Functional analysis resulting in the production of organisational charts, job descriptions and appraisal forms aimed at improving the efficiency of NCLW staff;
• Fundraising strategy put in place and donor mapping done;
• NCLW website revamped;
• Training activities given to various stakeholders including Gender Focal Points in all ministries;
• Toolkit on gender mainstreaming developed;
• Relationship between Gender Focal Points at the ministries and NCLW strengthened;
• Partnerships between NCLW and women non-governmental organisations enhanced;
• Technical support provided to the national CSO Coalition formed by NCLW to encourage the increased participation of women in politics;
• Advocacy campaign to support quota systems for women in politics in Lebanon launched;

Main achievements

• First coalition formed under the umbrella of NCLW with 150 members of women‘s organisations working together towards the common objective of enhancing the political participation of women through quota systems;
• Enhanced cooperation between NCLW and CSOs, and the establishment of a relationship based on trust.