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Engaging in policy dialogue on gender equality with a public institution: Thoughts and reflections from Lebanon

Posted on 20 May 2013 by

**WLP spoke with Lina about CRTD.A’s experience conducting the Gender Audit:**

Click here to listen to WLP’s interview with Lina Abou Habib on her organization’s Gender Audit of Lebanon’s Ministry of Social Affairs (Audio File)

Nationality Campaign Protest for Women's Citizenship Rights in Lebanon with the Author

Nationality Campaign Protest for Women’s Citizenship Rights in Lebanon with the Author

During the past two years, CRTD.A concluded a very interesting and rich gender audit exercise in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs. This initiative came some time after CRTD.A had provided training on gender and leadership to most of the Ministry’s staff holding various positions within the institution.

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Leadership and Political Participation Classes Motivate and Inspire Lebanese Women to Claim Equal Citizenship

Posted on 11 January 2013 by

Lebanon Graduation

Women graduate from leadership courses in Lebanon take on front roles in stepping up the Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign in 2013

Lina Abou-Habib

CRTD.A / WLP-Lebanon

6 January 2012

During the past year, CRTD.A engaged in a series of Leadership and Political Participation training targeting Lebanese women married to non-nationals and who suffer from the discriminatory nationality laws in Lebanon which do not allow Lebanese women to transmit their nationality to their families.  The training series which was based on the Women learning Partnership curriculum and methodology aimed at supporting women to play a leading and public role in the Campaign and thus empower them to mobilise their own communities and constituencies.

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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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The Reform of the Nationality Law in Lebanon: One-step forward, ten steps backward

Posted on 03 April 2012 by

Breaking news from the Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign in Lebanon:

For the first time since the promulgation of Lebanon’s current nationality law in 1925 (!), the Lebanese Cabinet included the review and reform of the Nationality Law on its official agenda of discussions for its March 21 meeting. Indeed, current Prime Minister Mikati indicated his will and wish to “bring a present to the women of Lebanon on the occasion of Mothers’ Day (March 21st).”

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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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Namlyeh and Nuhul: Partners develop solutions for women’s economic empowerment in Beirut and Istanbul

Posted on 26 September 2011 by

Although I had actually volunteered to go to Turkey to work with our colleagues at KEDV as part of WLP’s Peer-to-Peer capacity building process, the trip took a long time to materialize mostly because of my own chaotic timetable. My interest was spurred by the fact that WLP’s partner in Turkey, Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (KEDV), works with no less that 70 women cooperatives. CRTD.A has been working with some 40 rural women cooperatives within the framework of a women’s economic empowerment programme, which was set up almost a decade ago. Being able to learn about women cooperatives in another nearby country and share our own experience was quite motivating for me especially since the visit was intended to engage in a strategic planning process that KEDV was facilitating for the coops with which it works.

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Under the Cedar: WLP Global Training Launches in Lebanon!

Posted on 07 September 2011 by

It was an exciting experience as the WLP Global Training of Trainers (GTOT) Team convened its first GTOT, launching this new initiative in the Arab Region. The venue was Beirut, Lebanon. The participants for the pilot session were drawn from diverse backgrounds, with a common thread of women human rights activism in their various countries

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Marching with the Nationality Campaign: A Foreign Guy’s Impression

Posted on 05 August 2011 by

On Wednesday July 27 Beirut saw hundreds of people protesting against the Lebanon’s nationality law in the late afternoon, which denies women the right to pass their citizenship to their children (in practice the children of women married to foreign men are not considered citizens). The march was organized by WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A and showed a successful turn out of women, as well as men and children, from all walks of life

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1.5%: Women’s share of the Ministerial Statement

Posted on 13 July 2011 by

The new Mikati Cabinet seems intent on excluding women and undermining their right to full participation and equality. After forming an all-male Cabinet, the newly drafted Ministerial Statement reinforces the exclusion of women by relegating the question of gender equality to the bottom of the Cabinet’s priorities

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Feminists Convene in Rabat to Strategize on Women’s Equality after the Arab Spring

Posted on 25 May 2011 by

ADFM hosts the meeting of the Equality without Reservation Regional Coalition in Rabat to discuss transitions in the MENA region and the prospective role of the Coalition.

The Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc hosted an extraordinary meeting of the Equality without Reservation Regional Coalition in Rabat on May 19, 2011, in order to review these changes that have swept the region and their implication on the present and future of women’s rights. Whilst the current transitional period is bringing opportunities for change, there are nevertheless a number of concrete challenges and worrisome trends emerging, notably in relation to women’s participation in the emerging states as well as the increasing role and visibility of conservative religious groups.

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