Lebanese women take on Muslim judges who call rape a ‘marital right’

Arwa Damon and Tim Hume – CNN – Friday, 22 February 2013 (originally published 17 Feb)

Woman rally for gender equality
Lebanese women call for gender equality

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — Lebanese women are taking to the streets to demand that the government takes domestic violence seriously, by introducing laws to protect women from abusive partners.

Nadine Mouwad, a founder of feminist collective Nasawiya, says the prevalence of unveiled, glamorous women in Beirut can create the impression that Lebanon is more liberated from patriarchal cultural attitudes than neighboring countries.

But that’s merely an illusion, she says . .

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