Support for Lebanese Security Sector

NEW: Capacity Building for Law Enforcement Personnel on Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response

IWSAW has launched a new project that focuses on building the capacity of law enforcement personnel to identify, prevent and respond appropriately to gender-based violence (GBV), and to increase gender awareness and equality within the security sector itself. This builds on IWSAW’s decades of experience in working with incarcerated women in Lebanese prisons, and previous training projects focusing on human rights and GBV, within the Lebanese detention system. The first phase – a 6-month pilot – has been funded by the Dutch Embassy.

The full program is expected to last for two years and will entail in-depth training for female and male Lebanese security personnel on integrating gender perspectives into the provision of security services and increasing women’s representation and participation in the security sector, as well as international and national legal frameworks, policies, and procedures in cases of GBV; and overcoming challenges to gender equality and GBV prevention and response in the Lebanese context.

IWSAW strongly believes that a critical component of prevention and response to GBV is to work with security service providers alongside medical, legal and psychosocial personnel to ensure that survivors have access to the best possible care and support, and to reduce the risk of GBV.

Fostering a culture of intolerance towards GBV within the security apparatus can increase a sense of institutional responsibility, reduce societal perceptions of impunity, strengthen accountability, and promote positive attitudes towards gender equality both within the security forces and the population.

IWSAW has completed the initial assessment phase, including an analysis of current GBV prevention and response capacity, and gender equality mechanisms within the police. This allowed IWSAW to identify training needs, and to build strong collaborative relationships with security institutions in Lebanon. A comprehensive training curriculum was also developed as a result of this situation analysis and institutional assessment, through engagement with a diverse group of experts specializing in gender, GBV, human rights, rule of law and security.

This phase was followed by a pilot training program targeting 10 members of the ISF and GS covering topics such as understanding gender norms; laws, directives and practices on GBV; criminal investigations of GBV cases; security sector interactions with the public on GBV, and GBV in corrections settings.