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Women speak out in Saida with US Embassy support


On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Lebanese Foundation for Empowerment, Networking and Advocacy (FENA) launched yesterday the ‘Women Speak Out’ study project, on the law of the protection of women and family members from domestic violence between reality and expectation. The project, which is in partnership with the US Embassy in Beirut- Local Grants Program, aims to promote awareness on the said law, support women, listen to victims of domestic violence and present legal consultation mechanisms. It is the first of its kind in Saida and the environs and in Iqlim al Kharoob, Nabatieh and Zahrani towns. On the study, FENA vice president, Bana Samra, said the opinion polls will shed light on violence incidents in the targeted region and explain how victims and the local community deal with the issue. She disclosed that female social workers have earlier this month started to fill the forms which are expected to end in July and the results published next August. Samra revealed that the field survey will focus on 100 cases of battered women and it will serve as a living model for monitoring the legal gaps and social restraints faced by the victims. The launch event, to note, took place at Saida Municipality Hall. (Al Akhbar, March 14, 2018)

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