By Denise Nanni and Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. In the following our interview with Soulayma ofABAADMENA in Lebanon, an organisation struggling for women empowerment and women rights by involving community and society as a whole. Would like to thank Soulayma for the detailed answers given to our questions.
What are the main issues that you address with ABAAD?
ABAAD aims to achieve gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the Middle East and North Africa region.
We seek to promote equality and active participation through policy development, legal reform, gender mainstreaming, eliminating discrimination, in addition to supporting the advancement of women and empowering them to participate effectively and fully in their communities.
ABAAD is a pioneer organisation, in both Lebanon and the MENA region, whose work involves engaging men in masculinities, and ending violence against women as one of its main pillars.
ABAAD seeks to support and collaborate with civil society organizations who work on gender equality, gender-based violence, and/or engaging men programmes, direct services for women and men and advocacy campaigns.
How do you promote women empowement?
Why SRHR aren’t just a matter of private life, and how do they influence the public sphere?