ABAAD’s founder Ghida Anani has been named Champion for Peace. Champions of Change is an initiative started by the Pathfinders to highlight advocates who have made an impact in their communities and have helped to create peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+). It provides an opportunity to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
Here you can read an interview to her by Pathfinders in order to learn more about her work and what drives her.
Anani combines her work at ABAAD with her role as assistant professor in the Faculty of Public Health at the Lebanese University. Because of her teaching, in 2008 she received the ‘’Excellence in Collaborative Teaching Award’’ from the American University of Beirut. She is an expert in gender-based violence and child protection –topics on which she has published extensively, creating also toolkits and pedagogical material focusing on Lebanon and the MENA region. Her continuous work towards gender equality has awarded her numerous recognitions. Thus, in 2019 she was one of the winners of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for the awareness campaign "A White Dress Does Not Cover the Rape" to abolish marital sexual violence in Lebanon. She was also one of the names behind the 2020 Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation campaign launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Furthermore, this year, ABAAD was selected as one of the 65 Global Leaders of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions to achieve gender equality and all women’s and girls’ human rights. You can read more on the Coalitions and on the Generation Equality Forum here.
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 Europe and Foreign Affairs 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.