The battle against gender-based violence is still being hard-fought in Lebanon. AFP / PATRICK BAZ
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Another year and the battle against gender-based violence is still being hard-fought in Lebanon. To mark the 26th global "16 days of activism against gender-based violence" campaign, local and international organizations rallied to bring the issue further to the fore.During the 16-day campaign, ABAAD launched the LifeForLife campaign in collaboration with the government's National Commission for Lebanese Women and U.N. Women.Leila Awada, a lawyer at KAFA (enough) Violence and Exploitation emphasized to The Daily Star that the 16 days of activism is just another way of highlighting the ongoing work of the organization.Ogasapian is pushing ahead with other projects, announcing Monday the launch of a project to estimate the economic cost in Lebanon of violence against women.As part of this, newly minted Canadian Ambassador Emmanuelle Lamoureux brought the White Ribbon campaign – also started in 1991 by a group of Canadian men to inspire other men and boys to take a stand on violence against women – to Lebanon.The ranking is not going unchallenged though, as demonstrated by a number of actions and events, as well as social media support that is taking place during the 16-day global campaign in Lebanon and beyond.
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