Children perform during the “Girls and Boys Voices against Gender-Based Violence” wrap up event at ESA in Beirut, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Two thousand Lebanese children have been equipped with tools to tackle domestic violence and abuse as part of an initiative by Teach For Lebanon. "Girls and Boys Voices against Gender-Based Violence" is a youth leadership project funded by the Canadian Embassy and launched in five schools across Lebanon in July 2018 .Around 50 pupils from all five schools traveled to Beirut Thursday to showcase artistic interpretations of the importance of gender equality.However, when initially introduced to schools, the TFL gender-based violence initiative sparked a backlash from parents who were reluctant to allow their children to attend sessions that challenged traditional values.After TFL invited representatives from gender equality NGO Abaad to come to the schools and run informative sessions without children present, the parents came around.
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