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Raising Awareness for 183 woman about Personal status law
In the framework of raising awareness and training women to know about their Personal Status Law as a part of "Women's Access to Justice" Project (WAJ), Justice Without Frontiers held a series of awareness raising sessions on Catholic Personal Status Law for One hundred and eighty three woman in collaboration with the Social Development Centers( Bekfaya – Byblos and Ain Remeneh), Youth Cultural Center – Zouk Mkayel, House of Mayriam and Marta – Ajaltoun, Karakozian Association – Bourj Hammoud, Mar Elias Church – Jisr ElBasha and the School of “Pardis D’Enfants” – Jounieh during February and March 2013.
 
Ms. Myriam Haddad, Project Officer for WAJ project presented a definition about JWF and its work on spreading the culture of human rights and providing legal support for women and childrenin particular what is related to personal status laws in“Women access to justice". She indicated that the aim of the project to support vulnerablewomen, who are victims of exploitation or women in need of legal assistancein the Ecclesiastic Courts.
 
 In the same context, the Ecclesiasticallawyer Mario Mouawad provided a detailed explanation of the most prominent laws related to issues of marriage, divorce, custody, alimonyand other details. The meetings included series of discussions and interventions by women whom they shared their opinions. Also, Me. Mouawad answered the questions from participants and gave direct legal consultations.
 
On the same context, Mrs. Marie Feghali and Mrs. Carmel Mhana, Two Paralegals in WAJ project held part of the sessions, where they gave a brief definition about the Catholic Personal Status Law as it is based on the Legal Guideline "Women in the personal status law of the Catholic communities" launched by the organization, in reference to the legal steps and procedures followed in the religious courts.

Women attending the awareness session expressed their interest and how they can benefit from that information and they expressed their desire to mainstream the knowledge to their friends.
Moreover, the participants showed the importance of giving similar sessions to the youth of the age of marriage before they get engaged. Some chose to come to the organization's office to view their legal problems.