The "White Ribbon" Campaign in universities-Lebanon
KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation organized the White Ribbon Campaign at 4 Lebanese universities, Lebanese American University, American University of Beirut, University of Balamand and Haigazian University from December 6 till December 9.
- At Haigazian University young men and women united to take a stand to end violence against women. Stands informing students of KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation’s mission of gender equality and ending violence against women were set up on campus, as well a visual statement by the students about the solidarity of men and women to this cause with a human White Ribbon. Over 100 men and women from Haigazian University signed a petition to support the Lebanese law for protecting women from family violence.
- The Faculty of Heath Sciences of University of Balamand supported the White Ribbon Campaign by organizing a competition in honor of men and women united to end violence against women. Students competed in sports and fun games. Over 210 men and women signed the petition to advocate for the Lebanese law for protecting women from family violence.
The Lebanese American University (LAU) White Ribbon Campaign was a compilation of a number of different and innovative activitiesorganized in partnership with the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World: A tree with messages calling for positive masculinity such as “real Men respect women”- “Real Men call for endorsement for the protection of women from family violence”…etc) was decorated with white ribbons ; a video tent was set up on campus where students viewed former advertisements by KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation, advertisements for the White Ribbon Campaign from other counties, and the new KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation documentary About Latifa & Others. A human chain connected by white ribbons was constructed and extended from the upper campus of LAU to the lower one. In addition, information stands were available on campus for students to learn more about the initiative, and to sign the petition to advocate for the Lebanese law for protecting women from family violence. In total, over 220 young men and women from LAU signed the petition and took a stance to end violence against women. A pioneer study by Oxfam Great Britain and KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation entitled The Effects of Socialization on Gender Discrimination and Violence Case Study: Lebanon was also launched.
At the American University of Beirut (AUB), a two-on-two basketball tournament (one male and one female per team) was organized to demonstrate the success of men and women partnership initiatives when there is mutual respect and communication. At the end of the day, over 260 young men and women from AUB signed the petition, speaking up against domestic violence in their country.