LEBANON, 11 November 2013 – UNICEF Lebanon and its partner ABAAD recently launched a short animated video to raise awareness amongst Syrian refugee girls and their female caregivers about gender-based violence, reproductive health, puberty and the changes that take place during this important phase of a girl’s development.
The film was developed in collaboration with Syrian adolescent girls who contributed to the script and the messages of the film. The video is part of a larger initiative addressing the issue of gender-based violence facing adolescent Syrian refugee girls and female caregivers funded by the government of Kuwait.
To date, 46 social workers, community mobilisers and nurses who work with adolescent girls and boys and their caregivers came together for training sessions on how to engage adolescent girls and their caregivers in discussion groups about puberty, personal hygiene, mental health and general psychological well-being, as well as early marriage and other protection issues, such as sexual violence.
The participatory process through which the video was developed ensured that its message is appropriate to the socio-cultural context and was met with great enthusiasm by the social workers who will be using it to spread important information amongst a very vulnerable age group.
By the end of November the initiative aims to reach 5,000 adolescent girls and female caregivers through sessions on sexual and reproductive health and rights, protection and gender-based violence.