Faith leaders advocate to positively influence laws related to violence against children

Lebanon has been spiralling into extreme poverty, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic repercussions. Consequently, violence against children (VAC) rates soared, where one in every two children is exposed to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. Faith leaders play a crucial role in preventing such outcomes yet the gap remained in understanding their perceived roles in the community. World Vision Lebanon made a study aimed to examine the perceptions, attitudes, and perceived roles of faith leaders in preventing VAC and women. Hoping to strengthen their duty of care in Child Protection programming to enhance the preventive measures for children and women and leveraging their influence when designing for behaviour change and policy.