Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
The Lebanese Democratic Women’s Gathering (RDFL) organized a protest against the discriminatory sectarian personal status laws in Martyrs Square in central Beirut on the afternoon of July 31, 2019, entitled “Beware of the Wrath of Women”, in order to demand the handing of sects to the lives of women and their own affairs and the adoption of a civil law that enshrines full equality.
RDFL Attended the “Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women and Girls” Campaign Launching
May 19, 2019 – The Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering- RDFL, participated in the Regional Campaign on Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women and Girls that was launched on 2-3 May 2019 in Amman, Jordan in the frame of the project “Combating Violence against Women in the Southern Mediterranean Region”, funded by the EU. The launching conference gathered about 140 participants from 14 countries in the Euro-Med region. The participants represented ministries, institutions, political parties, CSOs and CBOs. They also included members of parliaments, gender, and legal experts and activists, journalists and researchers. Click here to view the photo album.
Historic day for women in Lebanon as Parliament repeals rape law
August 18, 2017
On the heels of Jordan and Tunisia scrapping discriminatory rape laws, the Lebanese Parliament agreed on 16 August, to abolish the Penal Code Article 522, the infamous “rape law” or “rape-marriage” law, which exempted a rapist from punishment if he married his victim.
Following the repeal of the clause, Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri tweeted: “All these steps are part of a journey that we will pursue along with the Lebanese woman until she gains all her rights”. Lebanese Minister for Women’s Affairs, Jean Oghassabian, had previously declared that this law belonged to the “Stone Age”.
The Knowledge is Power (KIP) Project
“#Mesh_Basita” | “مش_بسيطة#”
July 31 – Aug 15, 2017
From July 31 to August 15, 2017, the general public is invited to share their photos, videos, and text which show that sexual harassment is “not okay” and that mechanisms are needed to confront it at the national legislative level in Lebanon. Those interested can use the hashtag “مش _بسيطة#” or “mesh_basita” across various social media platforms in an effort to provide a range of messages around the issue of sexual harassment in Lebanon.
The campaign encourages all members of the public, including members of private sector, public sector, academia, and civil society, to share their messages. By gathering voices across sector and discipline, the campaign aims to highlight the pervasiveness of the issue and the need for collective action.