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Why the Lebanese NGOs didn’t Succeed in Reforming the Citizenship Law?
Allow me on behalf of thousands of Lebanese women married to non-Lebanese men to raise my voice high so that it reaches their Excellencies, Ministers and MPs… A woman says: “why does the Lebanese government grant a Lebanese man the right to pass his nationality to his children and wife, while it deprives a Lebanese woman from this right?” Where is the logic? Doesn’t this undermine blatantly her citizenship rights and the principle of equality? Doesn’t this undermine the rights of children, men, women, and the family combined?
Isn’t this regarded as a violation of human rights and unfair discrimination between men and women? This shouldn’t be the case given that the Lebanese Constitution acknowledges the principle of equality among citizens as do all international agreements ratified by Lebanon, namely the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Charaffedine, F. (2010). Status of Lebanese women married to non-Lebanese men. Beirut: NCFUWI & UNDP.
Charafeddine, F. (2005). A perusal in the history of the Lebanese women movement. ESCWA.
Helou, M. (2010). Lebanon country profile on women’s rights within the framework of SWEMENA project. International Foundation for Electoral System (unpublished).
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