About

Lebanon’s Feminist Civil Society Platform is formed of 52 feminist civil society actors and activists who were convened by UN Women in the aftermath of the 4th of August 2020 blast and issued a unified Charter of Demands to put women’s issues at the center of the disaster response plan. Since then, the Feminist Platform conducted various advocacy efforts including the contribution to the development of the Lebanon Reform, Recovery & Reconstruction Framework (3RF) sector plans as well as meetings with representatives of the donor community in Lebanon and the leadership of the United Nations, European Union, and the World Bank to share their gendered priorities and demands.

Mission

Lebanon’s Feminist Civil Society Platform -the Feminist Platform- is a national forum for civil society organizations and individuals that aims to promote intersectional feminism and to influence the agenda on women’s rights and gender equality in Lebanon.

The Feminist Platform brings together non-governmental organizations, grassroots organizations and community-based organizations, academic institutions, networks or coalitions of organizations, and gender and women rights activists, researchers, and academics, who work on and advocate for an equal representation, protection, and participation of women in all their diversity in all spheres of life.

Capitalizing on the collective experiences of its members and their broad range of expertise and focus areas and on the support of UN Women in Lebanon, the Feminist Platform seeks to contribute to a stronger voice for women and women’s rights groups, through a combination of approaches, such as advocacy and lobbying; cooperation and coordination; research, assessment, and data; and monitoring and accountability.

Vision

The Feminist Platform envisions a society free of all forms of discrimination against women in their diversity.

The Feminist Platform is committed to strengthening, empowering, and enabling feminist civil society actors to interact with and influence local, national, and international decision-makers and stakeholders for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights.

The Feminist Platform vision, mission and mandate are guided by the values and principles of equality, inclusion, participation, diversity, intersectionality, transparency, accountability, and rights-based approach.

Strategic Objectives

The Feminist Platform aims to:

  • Provide a space for dialogue between feminist and gender equality actors, where members can freely and actively debate timely and important issues of relevance to women in all their diversity.
  • Increase and enhance cooperation between feminist actors in Lebanon and thereby develop a unified feminist discourse and demands and enable more effective campaigns and reforms at the national level.
  • Advocate for diversity, intersectionality and inclusion in all decision-making processes, policies, plans and strategies, including in disaster response management, humanitarian assistance and recovery reforms.
  • Advocate for and monitor the development and implementation of gender responsive policies and laws and for the effective representation, protection, and participation of women in society at all levels and in spheres.
  • Influence the agenda, priorities and funding policies of international and national institutions and donors in relation to women’s rights and gender equality in Lebanon.
  • Influence, participate in and monitor the response to the Beirut Blast as well as Lebanon’s reform, recovery & reconstruction efforts.
  • Support national CSOs and individuals to strengthen their capacities and engagement capabilities in relation to women’s rights and gender equality in Lebanon, thus ensuring an amplification of the efforts of feminist civil society actors.
Thematic Priorities and Areas of Work

The Feminist Platform has identified eight priorities for 2021-2022:

  1. Women’s political participation;
  2. Women’s economic empowerment and livelihoods;
  3. Personal status laws;
  4. Women’s access to justice;
  5. Sexual and gender based violence;
  6. Sexual and reproduction health and rights;
  7. Social protection and poverty reduction;
  8. Nationality rights.
Members
  1. ABAAD
  2. Abnaa Saida Al Balad association
  3. Al Jalil Organization For Development
  4. Arab Forum for the rights of people with disabilities
  5. Arab foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE)
  6. Arab Institute for Human Rights- Lebanon branch (AIHR)
  7. Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship
  8. Association Najdeh
  9. Auberge Beity
  10. Center for Inclusive Buisness and Leadership for Women (CIBL.W/ AUB)
  11. Collective for Research & Training on Development – Action (CRTDA)
  12. Dar Al Amal
  13. DARAJ
  14. FE-MALE
  15. Fiftyfifty
  16. Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL)
  17. Haven for Artists
  18. Helem
  19. Joumana Haddad Freedoms Center
  20. Justice Without Frontiers (JWF)
  21. KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation
  22. Khateera
  23. Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE)
  24. Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB)
  25. Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disabilities (LUPD)
  26. Lebanon Family Planning Association for Sustainable Development
  27. LiHaqqi Feminist Group
  28. Madaniyat
  29. Maharat Foundation
  30. Marsa Sexual Health Center
  31. M-Coalition
  32. Mousawat Organization
  33. Mouvement Social
  34. National Association for Disabled Persons (NARD)
  35. Ondes
  36. Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organization (PWHO)
  37. Restart center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture
  38. Safadi Foundation
  39. Seeds for Legal Initiatives
  40. Soins Infirmiers et Developpement Communautaire (SIDC)
  41. The Arab Institute for Women (AiW/ LAU)
  42. The Lebanese Council to Resist Violence Against Woman (LECORVAW)
  43. The Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL)
  44. Women Now For Development
  45. Dr. Carmen Geha
  46. Dr. Halimé El Kaakour
  47. Dr. Lina Daouk-Öyry
  48. Dr. Guita Hourani
  49. Ms. Abir Chebaro
  50. Ms. Manar Zeaiter
  51. Ms. Diana Abu Abbas
  52. Ms. Dima Matta