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Changing Attitudes on Personal Status Codes in MENA

Posted on 28 January 2013 by

by Olivia Alabaster for WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

Two speakers from Lebanon each discussed how a unified, civil Personal Status Code would not only help protect the rights of women but that it would also combat sectarianism.

Manar Zeaitar spoke about the issue of civil marriage; recently in the news given the President’s vocal support for it after a couple announced they had held the country’s first civil marriage ceremony, in line with a 1936 decree.

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Activists warn that Arab women being ignored in post-revolutionary period at opening of EWR conference

Posted on 25 January 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster for WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A

While the overwhelming majority of states in the MENA region have ratified CEDAW, (only Sudan, Somalia and Palestine are not states party to the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women) many have done so with reservations or without genuine implementation on the ground.

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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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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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False Arguments for Banning Appointment of Women to Egypt’s State Council

Posted on 23 July 2010 by

FWID’s Statement Concerning Counselor Adel Farghali’s Press Release

The Forum for Women in Development expresses its deepest sorrow for the shocking and offensive statement by Counselor Adel Farghali, the chairman of the committee discussing the appointment of women in the State Council. Counselor Farghali said that the experience of female judges has proven a failure, which contradicts the truth. A lot of people as well as the reality itself have witnessed the efficiency and commitment of women in the positions they have occupied.

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Joining Hands: Zimbabwe Set to Enact Women’s Empowerment Legislation

Posted on 20 July 2010 by

The Third Session of the Seventh Parliament meeting, which opened recently in Harare, will see 23 bills being presented for debate. These include the Women’s Council Bill, which will facilitate the establishment of an organ to coordinate the implementation of women’s empowerment programmes—a welcome development and a golden opportunity for women’s empowerment in Zimbabwe. According to local media reports, “the Government has also set up a Women’s Development Fund, which will provide loans to women without the need for collateral security.” The Fund was allocated US $1 million under the current budget. The Zimbabwe Electoral Amendment, Electoral Commission Amendment, Referendums Amendment and the Human Rights Commission Bills were among other proposed laws tabled during the session.

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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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What About the Women?

Posted on 08 June 2010 by

Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court has just ruled against an archaic interpretation of law allowing only fathers to apply for their children’s passports. While clearly a victory for women’s rights — granting mothers equal parental authority in securing travel documents — the basis of the ruling was that the previous practice infringed upon the child’s freedom of movement.

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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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Women Rights in Lebanon

Posted on 19 February 2010 by

Mar 11 Update: Audience Choice Award Winner in Group 1

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 1: 14-18 Years
Riad Hamadeh, Lebanon

Can you imagine a world where women are given equal rights as men? It is, and has always been, very hard for me to see the world in a different way. Women all over the world are not given their rights, and many non-governmental organizations are working hard in order to create equality between man and woman. In Lebanon, women have active roles in education and in the economy. Half of all the university students are women. Women’s education is very beneficial for them; it allows them to be active in the economy and to find opportunities in medicine, law, academia, the arts, and business. Unfortunately, few women have achieved senior positions in their field.

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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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