Emergency Relief Funds Granted to Assist Displaced Lebanese Women and Children

Global Fund for Women Works Swiftly with Beirut Women's Rights Group to Provide Drinking Water, Diapers and Other Basic Supplies

SAN FRANCISCO -- In response to the escalating humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in the Middle East, the Global Fund for Women has awarded its first emergency grant of $15,000 to the Collective for Research and Training on Development—Action (CRTD.A), a women's rights group based in Beirut.

CRTD.A is working with the Zicco Relief Centre to secure basic supplies for women and children who have been displaced in Lebanon. Schools across the country, where more than 500,000 Lebanese families are taking refuge, are in need of basic supplies such as drinking water, diapers, soap, and feminine hygiene products. Lina Abou-Habib, the head of CRTD.A, who is on the ground in Beirut, stated, "This [grant] couldn't have come at a better time. We are indeed distressed by the human suffering against civilian women and men and we hope that our modest relief initiative will help refugee women in these trying times."

Kavita N. Ramdas, President of the Global fund for Women, said, "We hope that our grant will be the first of many efforts to help assuage the stark conditions that innocent women and children are facing in this time of war."

The Global Fund for Women, the largest international women's rights grantmaking foundation in the world, is committed to providing support to women throughout Lebanon, Palestine and Israel whose wellbeing is currently being compromised. In addition to providing emergency grants to women's groups in the region, the Global Fund has reached out to more than 80 grantees informing them that they may use any moneys from current grants to address the humanitarian crisis.

The Global Fund for Women's Board of Directors statement on this crisis, "Violence that threatens or harms innocent civilians or inflicts collective punishment on them is unacceptable under any circumstances. No nation or movement can justify the use of such force in the name of self-defense, self-determination, pre-emptive strikes, counter-terrorism, religion, freedom or democracy."

Both Kavita N. Ramdas, the Executive Director of Global Rights for Women, based in San Francisco, and Lina Abou-Habib, the head of CRTD.A, based in Lebanon, are available for comment. To schedule an interview, please contact either Erica Sackin or Maria McKee.

About the Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women is the largest foundation in the world that focuses exclusively on advancing women's rights internationally. Grants made by the Global Fund expand the choices available to women and girls, securing their efforts to strengthen economic independence, increase access to education and prevent violence. Since 1987, the Global Fund has awarded over $50 million to seed, strengthen and link more than 3,000 groups in 163 countries. More information is available in six languages at www.globalfundforwomen.org.


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