Supporting inclusive pathways for dialogue and trust in Lebanon through women’s engagement in peace and security

Abstract image of two women holding hands. Abstract image of two women holding hands. Photo © Eike Walkenhorst

The Berghof Foundation and UN Women are organising a two-track dialogue process for women holding high-level positions in traditional political parties and emerging political movements.

Timeframe: 2022 - 2023

In partnership with UN Women in Lebanon, the Berghof Foundation aims promote trust-building and networking between leading political actors in Lebanon. This serves to build relationships between different political parties, develop short-term political options to address the current crises and allow for a discussion on a future vision for the country.

Two separate tracks have been created: one encompassing the most senior women in the traditional political parties, and another track that convenes members of the most prominent emerging political movements that emerged from the October 2019 protest movement. Through this dialogue process, the project strives to enable the participants to better understand their common interests, needs and concerns and, therefore, become more willing and ready to identify options for resolving conflicts and addressing the political deadlock and the unprecedented multi-faceted crises.


As Lebanon faces an unprecedented crisis on the political, economic, health and public services levels, a dialogue between the main political players is timely in seeking to bring them together to develop ideas on short-term policy options and more long-term elements of a new vision for the country. Additionally, it is important to ensure that women are involved, seeing as how they were typically excluded from previous dialogues, including the Ta’if or Doha Accords, in order to strengthen their roles in Lebanese politics.

Partners and Funders

The project is implemented in partnership with UN Women in Lebanon and is funded by the Swiss and Norwegian Foreign Offices.



Project lead

Feras Kheirallah
Senior Programme Manager, former Representative Beirut Office (on sabbatical)
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Team members

Lara Azzam
Sonja Neuweiler
Maria El Sammak


Media contact

Florian Lüdtke
Media and Communications Manager
+49 (0) 177 7052758
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