The Advocacy Department aims to influence the structures that deny people access to and the realization of their human rights. Other parts of Insan respond to the immediate needs of our beneficiaries; for example, providing food hampers, psychological and social support while a family is in crisis.
Insan association advocates for the rights of those people who are most marginalized within Lebanese society. Insan works from the assumption that an organization which solely meets the presenting necessities of marginalized community members, and acts without addressing the underlying causes of suffering, is at risk of inadvertently strengthening the systems which are the causes of suffering and injustice to those communities. Therefore, through campaigning, awareness raising and lobbying, Insan endeavors to build the structure that give a human rights recognition to these members.
Insan has identified migrant domestic workers as a particularly vulnerable population whose rights are systematically violated within Lebanon. One of the main systems that Insan bolster through its advocacy program, is the sponsorship or "kafala" system. The Kafala system requires all domestic workers to be sponsored by their employer. This system creates a situation where the domestic worker is the responsibility of the employer in order to be eligible for a visa. The employers often interpret this “responsibility” to mean that they have ownership of the domestic workers while they are in Lebanon. Advocating for the abolishment of the Kafala system will provide domestic workers greater human rights including individual freedoms, for example the right to leave the house; greater dignity as employers will understand that domestic workers are employees and not a piece of property that they own; greater legal protection which domestic workers can access themselves and will not need such extensive support from NGOs to do so.