Members of the police, judges, lawyers, religious figures and politicians (heads of parties, deputies and other official representatives) have power and influence in the Lebanese society. Their power and authority are determined by many factors, such as their position in the organization where they work, the background they come from, their age, and other things. There is also a difference in the type of power between these four categories, for example, the type of power that a judge enjoys over that enjoyed by a deputy or policeman. This manual which is designed to work with the aforementioned four groups, aims to open a gap in the positions of power and authority to create an alliance nucleus within these institutions whose goal is to help create and support change, not to repel it and prevent it from being influential. Each of these positions and institutions have their own specificities and approaches.
KAFA has prepared this guide, which consists of four booklets to encourage police officers to pay attention to cases of violence against women, to increase cases of domestic violence looked at by judges and lawyers, and to expand a support network of deputies and politicians for the protection of women from domestic violence.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 “Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women for the future in the Mediterranean” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women’s Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.