UN Women and WFP Join Forces in Promoting Gender Equality, Women Empowerment, and Social Inclusion in Lebanon


UN Women and the World Food Programme Joint News Release

BEIRUT, 20 June 2023 – (UN Women, World Food Programme). The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion in Lebanon.

The MoU was signed by UN Women Lebanon’s Representative, Gielan Elmessiri, and WFP Lebanon’s Representative and Country Director, Abdallah Alwardat.

This collaboration involves conducting regular research to evaluate gender equality and social inclusion aspects in assistance programmes. UN Women will provide support in integrating a gender perspective into WFP’s programming, generating gender analysis, data, and research to enhance the operational effectiveness of WFP.

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The MoU being signed by UN Women Lebanon’s Representative, Gielan Elmessiri, and WFP Lebanon’s Representative and Country Director, Abdallah Alwardat. Photo: WFP / Edmond Khoury

The findings from these initiatives will inform and influence the technical assistance and policy support provided to the Government of Lebanon.

“This collaboration comes during a critical period for Lebanon. UN Women is pleased to partner with WFP to enhance women’s access to resources. Through our partnership, UN Women will provide technical assistance to bolster the gender and social inclusion dimensions of WFP’s priority areas through generating gender analysis and mainstreaming gender into WFP’s social assistance and livelihood programmes to enhance its operational effectiveness and advance a more equal and inclusive society,” affirmed Gielan Elmessiri, UN Women Representative in Lebanon.  

“We value our longstanding partnership with UN Women which continues to help us in supporting public institutions to address the needs of women, girls, persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups,” says Abdallah Alwardat, WFP Lebanon Representative and Country Director. “We remain committed to advancing an agenda that contributes to a fair and inclusive society.”

The joint efforts of UN Women and WFP focus on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in Agenda 2030, particularly in the areas of gender, social inclusion, food security, and nutrition. Both organizations continue to collaborate with the Government of Lebanon, partners, and national institutions to develop gender-responsive policies and programs.


Media Contacts:

UN Women 

Roula Rached, UN Women Lebanon 

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+961 70 351 088


Rasha Abou Dargham, WFP Lebanon

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+961 71 814 623


About UN Women: 

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.   

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About WFP:  

The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

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