Support & Resources for Women in Lebanon

Many have asked us to refer them to women-focused and women-led initiatives in Lebanon for support. Here’s our list – we’re adding to it every day!

First – some context. Lebanon wasn’t doing very well before the explosion. Since October 2019, the country has undergone massive upheaval – starting with public protests and government restructure, then an economic crisis followed by COVID-19. This has proven to be a toxic combination for the country. The explosion on 4 August has now turned an already serious situation into a humanitarian disaster.

Before the blast, the Lebanese Lira had lost approximately 80% of its value. On the black market, rates of exchange have risen to 8,000 LL for 1 USD – before COVID and the financial crisis, rates were locked at 1,500 LL = 1 USD. Unemployment rates before the explosion reached nearly 32% for Lebanese, and are more for non-Lebanese migrant and refugee workers. COVID-19 cases are on the rise, resulting in a two-week enforced lockdown period that began shortly before the blast.  For approximately 9 necessary commodities, prices have jumped a minimum of 20% (for some, it’s almost 60%).

Given this dire situation, The Arab Institute for Women has put together a list of women/LGBT/queer/refugee/migrant-led and -focused initiatives, researchers, and journalists in Beirut for you to follow, fund, and support. 

Our advocacy is focused on working with partners to fill gaps in humanitarian aid. Priorities for women include (but are not limited to): 

  • Economic support packages for women-headed households (e.g. temporary foodstuffs, towels, soap, toilet paper)
  • Supplies for mothers, especially new mothers: baby formula, baby food, diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoo, and baby clothes
  • Hygiene kits and menstrual products

Online Resources

Journalists

Researchers

  • Aya Majzoub (@Aya_Majzoub) – Lebanon and Bahrain Researcher HRW
  • Maha Yahya Director of Carnegie Middle East (@mahamyahya)
  • Cilina Nasser (Human Rights researcher – @CilinaNasser)
  • Kim Ghattas (@KimGhattas) – non-resident Fellow at Carnegie Endowment
  • Abir Ghattas (AbirGhattas) – Human Rights Watch
  • Tala Harb (@TalaHarb_) – RCCA at Amnesty International
  • Léa Yammine (@lea_yam) – Deputy Director Lebanon Support
  • Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi (@mnabiyaghi) – Director of Lebanon Support
  • Mariam Younes (@mayouns1) – Regional Director Rosa-Luxembourg-Stiftung Beirut Office, Research Fellow Lebanon Support

Activists

Feminist Organizations

Funding Campaigns

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