Tag: Women’s Rights

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522’s abolishment is a win, but the devil is in the details

The last I addressed Article 522 on Newsroom Nomad was back in December 2016, when local media mistakingly reported that said article of the penal code was abolished. Back then, a proposal introduced and approved by the Administration and Justice Committee parliamentary committee to scrap said article was passed to Parliament,

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No women, No vote: Lebanese women, your body is a battleground

It is no secret that in the Lebanese legal system, the interests of women are not being represented. Whenever an issue involving women is approached, it is being deliberated on through a quintessentially male filter, and through the paradigm of using it as a platform to negotiate the interests of

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Women march in Beirut despite rain, poor mediatization

Undeterred by unexpected heavy rain, hundreds of protesters marched from Sassine square, traversing the Bechara Khoury highway to Kaskas before finally gathering in Horsh Beirut, the capital city’s last remaining green space, for the scheduled speeches before the lens of several mainstream news outlets. Lebanon’s multiple women’s rights organizations united to

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It’s International Women’s Day and I’m not celebrating 

Excuse me for being less than enthusiastic about that one day during the year when politicians decide to “celebrate” women. Excuse me for not being impressed. I am tired, and bitter, and fearful of the day when I might be raising children in Lebanon. Will my daughter be able to

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The glass ceiling is real: Lebanon’s new cabinet only includes one woman   

A new 30-minister government has been announced under Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, weeks after the latter was nominated to form the country’s new cabinet. The cabinet, which includes only one woman, brings together members of traditional political parties, except the Kataeb, who rejected the minister of state portfolio they were

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Hold the celebrations: Abolishment of Lebanon’s ‘rape law’ not yet in the bag

Update: Lebanon’s parliament repealed article 522 on August 16, 2017. According to Lebanon’s LBCI, Lebanon’s shameful “rape law”, technically known as article 522 of the penal code, was abolished by the Administration and Justice Committee. In a tweet posted by the channel on Wednesday, MP Robert Ghanem was quoted as

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A new low: When domestic violence is normalized on television

The internet is furious – this after a Moroccan state television channel aired a segment recently showing women how to cover bruises caused by domestic violence using make-up. In the segment broadcast on Morocco’s Channel 2M’s “Sabahiyat” on November 23rd, just two days ahead of the International Day for the Elimination

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Custody battle highlights Lebanese Security Forces’ incompetence in domestic violence cases

A Lebanese woman, identified as Lina Kh., was reportedly held against her will by her ex-husband and several armed men in her matrimonial home in the town of al-Ghinneh on Thursday night after she had arrived in the company of two police officers, an attorney and a priest assigned by

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The rape blame games: Lebanese lawmaker Elie Marouni pins responsibility on women  

“There are certain places, and certain times where [we must ask] what role women play in leading men to rape.” With this shocking statement, Lebanese MP Elie Marouni countered questions directed at him during a conference organized by the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL) on Wednesday, according to a report

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