UNFPA Lebanon: GBV 2020 Annual Report

Authored by: United Nations Population Fund

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Economic Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Country: Lebanon
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2021
Citation: "UNFPA Lebanon: GBV 2020 Annual Report." United Nations Population Fund. April 2021.

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Executive Summary

Economic contraction, skyrocketing poverty rates, and civil unrest have compounded needs among Lebanese and non-Lebanese communities in 2020. Lebanon hosts 1.5 million refugees, the largest number of displaced people per capita in the world, and most of them (80%) live below the poverty line. Growing COVID-19 transmission is straining the country’s health systems and increased the challenges to access affordable health and social services including protection. The Beirut port explosions have introduced new vulnerabilities and exposed women and girls to heightened risk of violence and exploitation, already significant before the explosion resulting from the lockdown and dire economic crises. These compounded crises affecting Lebanon increased the protection risks, especially for women, adolescent girls, and marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities, undocumented women and girls, older women, migrant workers, and members of the LGBTIQ+ community.