WomEn's Empowerment


Displaced women cope with unspeakable loss. Not only did they have to flee their homes, but often they have lost husbands, children, and other family members. They may have no idea how to find their extended families and friends. Some have experienced the degradation of gender-based or domestic violence, as well as other traumatic situations. Despite these losses, they must find ways to persevere… not only for themselves, but for their children.

Of those who are displaced from the south of Lebanon due to current hostilities, more than half are women. Almost half of the civilians killed in Lebanon since October 7th, 2023 are women.

The unemployment rate for Lebanese women is twice that of Lebanese men. Women in Lebanon do most of the unpaid care work, work in the least desirable conditions, and receive less in pay/profits than males. 

Currently, women in Lebanon account for less than 10% of small- to mid-sized enterprise owners. Only 26% of women in Lebanon are employed or actively seeking work. Barriers to women’s employment in Lebanon and other Mideastern countries are due primarily to women being responsible for performing 3 to 10 times the unpaid care work required by their families and expected in the culture.

WAM seeks to improve the socioeconomic conditions of women and their families by providing personal and professional development opportunities through our Women’s Empowerment program.

Equipping women with the training and skills to start and sustain small businesses leads women from dependence to self-determination.

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