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

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) 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 […]

Faith in marriage – should it matter in Lebanon?

Faith in marriage – should it matter in Lebanon?

WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Beirut, LEBANON: Kholoud Sukkarieh, a Sunni Lebanese woman and Nidal Darwish, a Shi’a Lebanese man, recently decided to get a civil marriage in Lebanon. As this institution doesn’t exist in the country, unsurprisingly, the Lebanese government did not recognise the civil union. But the couple succeeded in getting the attention of the […]

LEBANON: Youth groups work to bring society together without discrimination

LEBANON: Youth groups work to bring society together without discrimination

Vanessa Bassil – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Beirut: The recent violence between political parties – some of them affiliated with different religious sects – in Tripoli and Beirut has made headlines, and shows the degree to which political conflicts in Lebanon remain a potent social problem. Lebanon is composed of 18 religious communities, and all too often, […]

Civil society mobilised for equal rights Lebanon

Civil society mobilised for equal rights Lebanon

Commentary by Rita Chemaly, Lebanese social-political researcher and author Beirut – On 20 March, the day before the Mother’s Day in Lebanon, 30,000 people of all ages took the streets of Beirut chanting slogans and demanding the abolition of the country’s confessional system. This was the latest in a series of demonstrations that began on […]