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National strategy to fight violence against women and girls

13-2-2019

The minister of state for the economic empowerment of women and youth, Violette Safadi, launched on February 8 the National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women and Girls (2019-2029), set by the ministry of women’s affairs during the mandate of previous government, in partnership with ESCWA and UNFPA. During the launch, Safadi pointed out that her ministry is committed to achieving the UN sustainable development goals. This is done through socio-economic empowerment of disadvantaged groups, like the youth and women, assisting them to develop choices for a more productive life and improve their living conditions. Safadi said the absence of women’s financial or economic independence is a main factor that contributes to the cycle of violence against them and reduces their family and societal role. The battered woman, in this respect, is increasingly weakened to face violence and reestablish herself in society, Safadi added. In conclusion, the minister stressed that the empowerment of socially and economically underprivileged women is vital for women to restore their normal lives, actively engage in their community and take the right decisions to run their lives. Effective empowerment, she explained, involves the following: organizing professional and capacity and skill development training courses for battered women; supporting women wishing to start their own businesses through provision of necessary training on business administration, and facilitated loans in collaboration with the private sector and the Association of Banks in Lebanon. (NNA, February 9, 2019)

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