The Government of Australia and UN Women in Lebanon partnered to sign an agreement to provide 2.5m Australian Dollars (approx. US $1.7) to assist vulnerable women in Lebanon, of any nationality.
This humanitarian assistance will help more than 22,700 women and their families have access to emergency livelihood opportunities and basic sanitary necessities.
The assistance also includes the distribution of 38,000 sanitary products and meals to the most vulnerable, in an attempt to address their urgent needs.
According to the statement issued by UN Women, Lebanon is expected to endure severe numbers of period poverty, with more than 700,000 women are predicted to be unable to meet their basic hygienic rights.
Australian Ambassador Andrew Barnes expressed that his country recognized the challenges facing the people in Lebanon.
He added that he is proud that Australia is now supporting UN Women, which is providing job opportunities for both Lebanese and refugee women while empowering them.
“We are grateful to the Government of Australia for its support and in recognizing and quickly responding to the urgent needs of women and girls in Lebanon”, highlighted Rachel Dore-Weeks, Head of UN Women in Lebanon.