Founder and Director of ABBAD.
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Public Health, Lebanese University.
Ghida Anani is the Founder and Director of ABAAD – Resource Center for Gender Equality, a UN ECOSOC accredited organization that aims to achieve gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region. A social worker by training, Anani co-founded KAFA association, where she managed the "Engaging Men in EVAW" Program and acted as Head of the Child Sexual Abuse Unit. In addition to founding and running the first three women’s emergency shelters in Lebanon, Anani now works with her team at ABAAD to engage and help men become more involved fathers and work alongside women in the fight for gender equality.
Anani has led a number of public opinion campaigns, notably the latest #Undress522 which resulted in a historical parliamentary vote, repealing article 522 from the Lebanese Penal Code. The law was considered as a blatant discrimination against women and girls as it exempted rapists from punishment, in case they married their victims. Anani is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Public Health at the Lebanese University. She was awarded the “Women Leadership Achievement Award” in 2014, by The World Women Leadership Congress and, in 2018, Anani was listed by the World Bank as one of 10 Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs Making a Difference across MENA.
Last modified: 01/09/2019