Identify, Interpret and Respond (Lebanon)

Under the Identify, Interpret and Respond project in Lebanon, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disabilities (LUPD) and ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender Equality developed a series of materials and tools to expand the knowledge and practice of intersectional advocacy as a tool to advance the rights of marginalized groups. In the early stages of the project, IFES, LUPD and ABAAD conducted an assessment utilizing IFES’ flagship Intersectionality Assessment Framework methodology to address barriers to persons with multiple social identities and define strategies to combat discrimination and violence. The findings were analyzed in an Intersectionality Assessment Report that includes accessible and actionable recommendations. These can be used as a basis for understanding the challenges and gaps in information or awareness and serves as a baseline for future interventions.

As a direct result of the Power to Persuade workshops, the partners supported civil society organizations (CSO) to form cross-sector coalitions and strengthen their advocacy through a united voice. Together, the partners and coalitions drafted and adopted a unified policy platform, called The Path Coalition: Power in Inclusion and Diversity Policy Platform. The policy platform currently has over 20 signatories including groups representing women, youth, people with disabilities, gender and sexual minorities, refugees and others.  

Utilizing the skills and expertise of the CSO network, IIR partners produced a series of resources and materials that utilize lessons learned from the project, which can inform future intersectional advocacy initiatives in other countries and regions where marginalized groups experience similar barriers to inclusion and participation. These products include an Intersectionality Assessment Report, Policy Platform, extensive research on women with disabilities in Lebanon and an analysis on how civil society was able to leverage intersectional networks to advance shared advocacy goals.

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