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"Justice Without Frontiers" and "Progressive Youth Organization” discuss “Women Rights in the content of international conventions and the society's view of women”
"Justice Without Frontiers" and "Progressive Youth Organization” discuss “Women Rights in the content of international conventions and the society's view of women”
NGOs hold several marches for women’s rights

Around 500 people gathered in Downtown Beirut to hold a protest for women’s rights over the weekend. An initial group of around 300 women, men and children marched from Barbir Sunday, accompanied by the Lebanese Army, and headed for the Grand Serail, but police blocked off their route in Riad al-Solh.The group donned purple scarves and marched behind a Range Rover with speakers projecting their chants.
A source from the charity Norwegian People’s Aid told The Daily Star that more than 30 nongovernmental organizations took part in the march and that the groups had a list of 10 demands.
Among the demands were calls to create female quotas for Parliament, reform the electoral law and support the KAFA (enough violence and exploitation) draft law regarding violence against women, which is currently a topic of discussion in parliament.
“This is the first time feminist groups collaborate with Palestinian NGOs to demand rights,” said Sofia Darwich, Project Officer for Women’s Rights with NPA.
They were later joined by a second protest demanding the right for women to pass on the Lebanese nationality to their children that began outside the Interior Ministry in Sanayeh.
The head of the demonstration, Mustafa Shaar, said it was time for Lebanese women to pass their nationality on to their children.
“These are stateless people,” Shaar said emphatically, “if they are from Lebanon then they are Lebanese.”
“We were born in Lebanon and we will die in Lebanon,” Shaar said, before adding that in the 21st century it was shameful that Lebanon did not provide women with the right to pass on their nationality.
“Two months ago we started with 50-60 people,” Darwich said, as the protestors began to sing the Lebanese national anthem.
“This time we wanted to gather all the Lebanese and Palestinian men, women and children to hold a demonstration,” she said.
“This is not just one problem. It’s a problem in politics and inside the homes. It’s discrimination in all ways,” she added.

 

The National March for the Achieving of Equality and Full Citizenship for Women Gathering (Demonstration)

The march was held to support the demands of women in Lebanon in order to achieve equality and full citizenship for women.

1. Development of an optional civil law of personal status.

2. Lebanese women's right to grant citizenship to their families.

3. Criminalization of violence against women and girls.

4. Adoption of the women's quota by 33% at least in all decision-making positions.

5. The reformation of electoral law and the adoption of the proportional system.

6. Adoption of the civil rights and economic and social development of female Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

7. Protection of the personal safety of women and enhancement of their role in the consolidation of civil peace.

8. Elimination of discrimination against women in the Lebanese Penal Code.

9. Gender equality in labor law and social security and maternity rights.

10. Gender equality in the tax system.
 

Paralegals Workshops
Justice without Frontiers established two training workshops for a group of women paralegals within the project “Women Access to Justice" in the February 2 to 3, 6-7 February, at the headquarters of the International Management and Training Institute (IMTI) - Dawra from 9:00 am till 2:00 in the afternoon.

The two workshops focused on the methods of "Advocacy and Negotiation" and "Leadership and Communication," in order to increase awareness of the posts in the area of ​​advocacy, lobbying and enhance the skills of leadership, communication, and interaction. The first workshop was held on 2 to 3 February 2012 and the second workshop on 6 to 7 February 2012.


Bkerki Visit
His Beatitude Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutrous Al- Raie encouraged the work of "Justice without Frontiers" regarding the topics of cancellation of gender discrimination and working on children's issues and women specifically in relation to the empowerment of women legally and help them to access to justice, noting that: "the work of young people in human rights issues is very rich and seeking for justice is important".
 He asked the organization representatives’ to communicate with competent persons from his side in the edifice of coordination and follow-up. He mentioned that during our visitfor Bkirki as part of a delegation of civil society organizations on Thursday 2 February 2012 afternoon.

Patriarch discussed several topics focused on world peace, internal peace, national dialogue, womenrights and involving young people in public administrations with the Lebanese delegation that was composed of representatives of the organization and the "Union of Peace Federation” and "Kolouna Mas’oul”


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