“They used to tell us that only men could do this – now, we know that any adult can use them, whether a man or a woman.”
In the occasion of 2020 International Women’s Day WeWorld-GVC reaffirms its commitment to give voice to women, including the most vulnerable ones, and to engage them in the process of assessing a community’s needs and outlining a response.
Lebanon hosts 1.5 million refugees, 277,000 of them live in Informal Tented Settlements (ITS).
Under the Lebanon Protection Consortium (LPC) funded by ECHO, WeWorld–GVC works in North Bekaa and Akkar, two predominantly agricultural areas that host half of the refugees living in ITS. The communities living in these settlements expressed their continuous fear of fire inside their shelters one of the big issues when living in tents. Through the Community Protection Approach (CPA) implemented in the area, WeWorld-GVC gave voice to the community members that suggested the provision of a fire extinguisher and a fire safety training that equally tackles men and women as a key solution that might mitigate and control fires. Today, women in the ITS know what to do if a fire erupts and are able to use fire extinguishers without having to wait for their men to come back.
Read the case study: WeWorld-GVC supports the fight for Women’s voices. A story from the Community Protection Approach (CPA)
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