Linda Matar :
My CE project is about developing a K2P briefing note on "Strengthening the Health System Response To Address Violence Against Women in Lebanon".
The purpose of this briefing note is to shed light on the health system response to violence against women (VAW) in Lebanon. This briefing note looks into the current health system arrangements addressing this priority issue and accordingly proposes evidence-informed context-specific recommendations to strengthen the role of the Lebanese health system within a national multi- sectoral response to develop and implement policies and programs and provide services that promote and protect the health and wellbeing of women subject to violence. Preventing and eliminating VAW is a key target for achieving the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (particularly SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and serves as a stepping stone along Lebanon’s journey to realize its development agenda.
Carmen Karim :
My CE project aimed at "Engaging Youth in Alcohol Harm Reduction Policies in Lebanon" through holding engagement meetings with youth.
The purpose of this CE is to understand youth’s perceptions of barriers and facilitators regarding the implementation of five evidence based proposed policies, develop youth led advocacy tools that target particular stakeholders, and evaluate whether the K2P advocacy framework is sufficient to guide youth in the advocacy process. Findings showed that youth engagement in such discussion sessions is crucial in identifying real life barriers and facilitators for policy implementation and empowered them to engage in the planning and execution of youth led advocacy initiatives. In terms of evaluation, youth found the K2P advocacy framework sufficient for guiding them to develop an advocacy tool; however, they had few suggestions to improve the process. This project entails utilizing the bottom-up-approach with youth and involving them in practicing their right of civic engagement. This allows us to promote policies that are accepted by youth and sustainable, hence, contributing to the decrease in the incidence of heavy alcohol related harms on Lebanese youth.