The mission of AFE is to encourage and support sexuality, gender and bodily rights’ movements in the Middle East and North Africa through capacity building, knowledge production, exchange, advocacy, security and emergency response.
Our vision is to have societies where sexuality, gender and bodily rights are promoted, recognized and respected.
The Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality is an officially registered non-governmental organization based in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Social Change Program (SCP) was launched, to become later the flagship program of AFE.
The Security Program at AFE was born to raise awareness about threats in the digital world and build the capacity of gender activists to protect themselves online.
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) was launched aiming at more knowledge production initiated by AFE.
The first SCP Alumni Meeting took place and gathered nearly 40 gender activists from the MENA region. This meeting became a yearly conference running under the name of NEDWA.
AFE takes part in the regional M-Coalition, a coalition of a large number of organizations in the MENA that promotes sexual health.
The advocacy and documentation department at AFE was born. It is currently based in Morocco and operating in the MENA region.
Gender and Body Rights Media Center was launched to build bridges between gender activists and the media and work closely with journalists and TV producers to increase and improve gender and sexuality coverage.
Tayf center was opened to be a community center welcoming members and organizing awareness raising activities.
AFE and M-coalition announced their merger. M-Coalition officially became the health department of AFE.
Facts & Figures
from 5 different
from all our programs
in the MENA region
given per year
AFE hold itself, its regional partners and board members to these values
01 Integrity & equality
In line with principles of fairness and social justice.
02 Transparency and accountability
financial and programmatic.
on the basis of age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, class, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, and spiritual and political views.
04 Freedom and self-determination
to work without political or financial restraint or pressure.
We define problems in our society today and fight for the rights and freedom of people that can not do it on their own.
By highlight and put the spotlight on issues that might go unnoticed and unrecognized. We define issues for what they really are.
AFE is an entity of very important minds that work together to draw the line and create a safe society for those in need.
Diacritics / Harakāt
We found a great similarity between what we do and what diacritics do. Their main purpose is a phonetic guide or a phonetic aid, used in texts that demand strict adherence to exact wording.
Harakāt are used in ordinary texts in individual words when an ambiguity of pronunciation cannot easily be resolved from context alone.
Thus creating our visual identity to reflect the importance of talking and resolving community issues.