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Another breakthrough for the Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign: CRTD.A/WLP-Lebanon called by Ministerial Committee to present case for reform

Posted on 04 December 2012 by

Earlier this year, CRTD.A (WLP-Lebanon) was engaged in some serious lobbying which led to the inclusion of the reform of the nationality law on the official agenda of the Cabinet meeting of March 21st 2012.  This was the first time the matter was officially discussed with the Prime Minister that he gave indication that he is personally in favour of the reform of the law so that women have equal rights to transmit citizenship as men.  During that same period, CRTD.A was also in discussions with the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) on the process of reforming the law as well as the development of a counter proposal for a new law.  Both processes yielded results.  The NCLW concluded a process of consultations which culminated in the drafting of a law petition.  The Prime Minister for his part set up a Ministerial Committee formed of seven Ministers in order to review the nationality law and submit scenarios for reforms.

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Preparing a Young Generation of Activists & Leaders

Posted on 11 July 2012 by

The Global-TOT moves to Morocco

My first visit to Morocco was back in the spring of 1995, in the midst of the frenzy of the preparations for the UN 4th Conference on Women (Beijing, September 1995).  I was to meet and connect with feminist organisations there and engage on potential actions within and beyond the framework of the 4th Conference.  That was when I first met brilliant feminists who were to become my greatest friends.  My first encounter with Rabea Naciri and Amina Lemrini was an amazing entry into the world of feminist struggle in the Maghreb countries.  Ever since then, I became intimately involved with the amazing work of the Association Democratique des Femmes du Maroc.

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Anybody can do something for equality… if they want to…

Posted on 04 February 2012 by

Update on the Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign in Lebanon:

Beirut, February 4th 2012

A family at a Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign event

Since the Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign was launched back in 2002, the WLP partners have spent endless hours meeting with and lobbying politicians. In several countries where the Partnership is active, the message did get through to politicians, and nationality laws were either fully or partially reformed, allowing women to transmit their nationality to their children and, in the case of Algeria, to their spouses as well. In seemingly open and liberal Lebanon, dialogue with politicians has been the most challenging.

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The Journey toward Women’s Citizenship Rights: Getting there one step at a time

Posted on 04 January 2012 by

Snippets from WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A’s latest demonstration in Beirut, 29 December, 2011

Women, children, a few men and lots of media people began gathering in front of the Ministry of Interior in Beirut, Lebanon at around 2:30 in the afternoon last Thursday (December 29th). By three o’clock, the place was jam-packed! Camera crews were running around trying to catch interviews with the participants in the sit-in and with the local celebrities who were also there in solidarity with the cause: the equal right of Lebanese women to transmit nationality to their spouses and children. Transmission of nationality remains the sole prerogative of men in Lebanon despite the fact that the regional Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign had made headway in several Arab countries where reform was adopted.

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Lebanon’s Decree 4186 on Courtesy Residency Goes Into Force

Posted on 08 September 2010 by

WLP Lebanon/Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action:

After three months of its approval, the recent decree number 4186 that gives foreign husbands and children of Lebanese women a courtesy residency is now in force. Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign has been monitoring the decree implementation, since its endorsement by the Cabinet on April 21st and release in the official gazette on June 9.

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In Lebanon, Gender Justice for the People, by the People

Posted on 30 June 2010 by

Activists Hold a Popular Mock Tribunal for Equality

Hundreds of women, men and children gathered on the famous Beirut Corniche last Sunday June, 20, and held what was called a “Popular Mock Court for Women’s Right to Nationality.”

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Baby Steps are Steps Backward…for Women…

Posted on 11 May 2010 by

Should women accept partial solutions?

Two weeks ago, the Lebanese cabinet declared that it will be looking to consider granting spouses and children of Lebanese mothers a “complementary” (i.e. free of charge) residency permits extending over three years without making these conditional on the availability or work permits and without age restrictions in the case of children.

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WLP at the 54th Commission on the Status of Women

Posted on 11 March 2010 by

2020 Vision: Mobilizing for women’s rights and eliminating violence against women
New School, March 5th 2010

The UN Fourth Conference on Women which was held in Beijing in 1994 was certainly a global landmark as it represented the culmination of women’s activism worldwide and the recognition of women’s rights as human rights.

The exhilaration that accompanied the Beijing conference did not take long to wither and fade.  Indeed, most governments failed to honor their commitments towards women. 

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Change? Yes we can believe in!

Posted on 19 February 2010 by

Mar 8 Update: First Prize Winner in Group 1

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 1: 14-18 Years
Nadine Abi Kanaan, Lebanon

We often hear people say that women in Lebanon are the most emancipated in the Middle East region. But this saying isn’t exactly true because it is only based on the rich Lebanese minority who drives luxurious cars, and enjoys the pink side of life frequenting the most famous restaurants of the country’s capital.

But the less fortunate Lebanese women have to endure the tough discrimination of one of the most patriarchal country in the Arab world.

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Interior Ministry to Issue Non-National Families Of Lebanese Women Unconditional Five-Year Residency Permits

Posted on 23 December 2009 by

Celebrating the First Step…

Yesterday, Lebanese Minister of Interior, Ziad Baroud, a lawyer by profession and a former human rights activist as well as supporter of the Arab Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign, issued a memo to the Directorate of General Security, urging it to put in place, within a period of a week, the necessary mechanisms to facilitate the issuance of residency permits to spouses and children of Lebanese women. The request further indicates that children of Lebanese women should be granted “complimentary” (free of charge) and unconditional five-year residency permits. Men married to Lebanese women should also be granted a maximum of a five year residency provided they adhere to specific conditions to be decided by the Directorate of General Security. Minister Baroud justified his request by arguing that the reform of the nationality law is highly politicized and as such facing several challenges. Meanwhile, Baroud adds, many families are suffering on a daily basis from this injustice which, according to Baroud, is exacerbating feelings of inequality between Lebanese women and men.

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When Women Exercise Patriarchal Leadership…

Posted on 23 December 2009 by

In a move reminiscent of the series of unfortunate events described in Phyllis Cheslers’ seminal work “Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman”, a Lebanese female judge, the vice president of the judiciary appeals commission, signed just a month ago an infamous appeal to revoke the landmark historical court order issued by Judge John Azzi and his two women co judges on June 16th 2009. This unprecedented court order gave a Lebanese woman married to an Egyptian man who was deceased whilst their children were underage, the right to pass on her nationality to her children.

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Selective or Inclusive Citizenship…

Posted on 23 November 2009 by

…To be or not to be a citizen.

In its simplest form, and using only our commonsense as guide and reference, citizenship means for most of us a status that signifies a membership and belongingness to a nation state as well as an identity stemming out from this belongingness.

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