KAFA: Enough Violence & Exploitation is a feminist secular organization in Lebanon that seeks to create a society that is free of social, economic, and legal patriarchal structures that discriminate against women. KAFA has been aiming to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence and exploitation since its establishment in 2005. After the tragic blast in Beirut on August 4, 2020, KAFA shifted its focus to respond to the crisis and alleviate the disaster’s impact on the most vulnerable, while still maintaining its regular support to women survivors of gender-based violence.
A 2020 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported KAFA’s disaster relief efforts. In the aftermath of the explosion, KAFA expanded its reach to women and girls who were not previously beneficiaries of its services but who were directly impacted by the explosion or who had their vulnerabilities exacerbated by Lebanon’s socioeconomic crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, KAFA helped female domestic workers who were stranded in Lebanon return to their home countries. These workers were left by their employers with no money to pay their return, and their consulates or embassies were too weak to provide any assistance for repatriation.