Brief Description of Programme
A pioneer programme in Lebanon and the MENA region, the Masculinities Programme was one of ABAAD’s first programmes, and is currently a cross-cutting component in all our other programmes.
ABAAD works with men and women, both, in civil society organisations and in the general population, to increase awareness about masculinities and gender socialization. Upon understanding the gender socialization process, we can then begin to transform the way men and women understand manhood and masculinities. This will then support in promoting an identity for men which is more gender-equal and in line with women’s empowerment, human rights, and non-violence. To do this work, we employ a holistic strategy that involves working with and engaging men, working with women around the topic of masculinities, utilizing individual and group psychotherapy, awareness-raising, resource development, and capacity building with individuals, civil society organisations, and the general society.
Advocacy is also a large part of our Masculinities Programme. It includes partaking in regular public speaking events and advocacy and lobbying, especially for Women, Peace and Security with a masculinities approach.