Project profile — Mashreq Gender Facility - Lebanon


Umbrella Facility for Gender Equali
2018-08-08 - 2024-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Lebanon (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (40.00%)
• Employment policy and administrative management:
Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (20.00%)
Statistical capacity building (16062) (20.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business Development Services (25030) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to create a funding facility dedicated to empowering women and girls to participate in the Lebanese economy, contributing to inclusive economic growth in the Mashreq region. The Facility is doing this by providing technical support and funding for strategic regional and country-level initiatives based on Action Plans developed by the respective governments, in collaboration with the private sectors and civil society, and supported by the international community. The project is identifying and addressing gender constraints to women’s full participation in society and improving women’s access to economic opportunities. This is one of three parts of the Mashreq Gender Facility project in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, which has a total budget of $10 million.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) gender constraints to women’s full participation in society in Lebanon are identified and addressed; and (2) women’s access to economic opportunities in the Mashreq are improved through the implementation of country-level action plans.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of January 2022 include: (1) six members of Lebanon’s parliament approved and signed a law project amending several articles of the Labour Code. including new provisions for maternity, paternity and family care leaves as well as breastfeeding, childcare and equal work for equal value; (2) published a report about women`s status in Lebanon, presenting a detailed data-driven analysis of women’s access to economic opportunities, human capital accumulation and the ability to act; (3) 35 people participated in a webinar on the business benefits of applying anti-sexual-harassment policies in the workplace; (4) 87 business advisors and 156 women-led businesses completed the Crisis Management Training Program that matched each business with an advisor for one-on-one coaching sessions in Lebanon; (5) finished a market study that mapped the entrepreneurship space for women, explored regional and international demand trends and developed an action plan to increase export opportunities; (6) got advisory services from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) about women’s employment for two Lebanese private sector firms; (7) selected and gave technical help to three Lebanese start-up businesses to develop business plans that support women in agriculture through information and communications technology-based solutions; (8) finished a gender-sensitization training for five Lebanese incubators and accelerators; (9) provided an investment-readiness training for 33 women entrepreneurs; (10) selected a cohort of ten leading private sector firms in Lebanon; and (11) delivered three round-table talks to share findings of a Lebanese child care assessment report with stakeholders from across government, civil society, academia and the private sector.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Basket funds/pooled funding
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