Minister Violette Safadi attends the conference, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Lebanon has launched the first comprehensive government initiative to combat violence against women and girls in the country, in the latest of a series of measures aiming to protect women in the domestic sphere and beyond.At the meeting, Lebanese University professor Marguerite Helou, who helped develop the combating violence strategy, outlined the progress that had been made in Lebanon and the Arab world regarding legal protections for women, according to the state-run National News Agency.The new strategy to combat violence proposes a holistic, inclusive, interministerial action plan centering around the "Five P's" of due diligence, making it the state's responsibility for taking action to prevent, protect, prosecute, punish and provide redress for the victims of violence, in line with international human rights law.The strategy's proposed action plan details the role ministries would play in combating all forms of violence against women.According to the strategy outline, the available data issued by the ISF and organizations providing services to victims indicate that violence against women and girls is prevalent throughout Lebanon and among both Lebanese and non-Lebanese women.According to the strategy, numbers released by KAFA, an NGO combating violence against women, show a noticeable rise in the number of reported cases from 2013 to 2016 .
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