Imagine Lebanon WITHOUT women

It’s 2011, and Lebanese women are STILL discriminated against under many laws, including:
1-The Personal Status Law,
2-The Nationality Law,
3-The Penal Law,
4-The Labour and Social Security laws and Employees’ Laws and the Terrestrial Trade Law.

The law that I’m most familiar with is The Nationality Law.  Under Article 1 of the 1925 Nationality Law,  Lebanese citizenship is granted only to those born of Lebanese fathers..which essentially means that a Lebanese woman married to a non-Lebanese man does not have the right to pass on her nationality to her husband or her children, while a non-Lebanese woman married to a Lebanese man, is entitled to citizenship for herself and her children.

What does this mean?  This means that when it comes to the right of Lebanese citizenship, I, as a non-Lebanese woman, have more rights than Lebanese women..in Lebanon!!  This is UNACCEPTABLE and APPALLING, especially in this day and age, and Lebanese women have had ENOUGH of being treated like second class citizens.

To bring awareness to this issue, a group of enterprising young Lebanese women, have created a “No Rights, No Women” movement to make the Lebanese community and law makers understand how it feels to be a “half-citizen”.  On March 8th, International Women’s Day, the women and their supporters (myself included) will give up their “womanship” in favor of their “citizenship”. They will dress like men, act like men, talk like men, and even BE men.

They are urging all who support the “No Rights, No Women” movement… to dress like men and act like men in their universities, offices, in coffee shops, on the streets, and in their homes.

مواطنة كاملة، إمرأة كاملة. أو لا نساء على الإطلاق…

لسنوات عديدة عملنا نساءً (ورجالاً) وحاربنا من أجل حصول المرأة على حقها في المواطنة الكاملة. وحتى الآن لم نحصل على شيء. أعذار واهية إجتماعية، سياسية، وحتى دينية قدمت لنا. والمرأة هي من يدفع الثمن…

لذا قررنا، مجموعة شابات لبنانيات، التحرك من أجل جعل المجتمع والمشرع اللبناني يفهما ما معنى أن نكون “نصف مواطن”. في الثامن من اذار، في اليوم العالمي للمرأة، سنتخلى عن أنوثتنا لنطالب بمواطنتنا! سنلبس كالرجال، نتصرف مثلهم، نتكلم مثلهم، نمشي مثلهم، ونكون كما هم…

شاركن الحدث في جامعاتكن ومكاتبكن، في القهاوي والشوارع، وحتى في منازلكن…

سنتصرف كالرجال… فما المغزى من كوننا نساءً ما لم نحظى بكل حقوقنا؟

ودعوهم يتخيلون عالماً خالياً من النساء…”

The women behind the “No Rights, No Women” movement

No Rights, No Women

Natasha Maasri

No Rights, No Women

Roula Asmar

No Rights, No Women

Lea Salibi

No Rights, No Women

Rana Khoury

and although I am not Lebanese, I feel strongly for this cause.  So this is me, Danielle Baiz, pledging my support for women’s rights in Lebanon!  No RIGHTS, No WOMEN!

No Rights, No Women

Me thinking, "I wonder what Lebanon would be like without women."

JOIN THE MOVEMENT, CLICK HERE!!!

WOMEN! Turn into men on your facebook page!  You can download mustaches and ties to add to your profile picture HERE!!! Make sure to upload your photo to the “NO RIGHTS, NO WOMEN”  movement, by clicking HERE!!!

Use the hashtag #norightsnowomen on twitter!

And read a personal appeal on Toom Extra’s blog.

Want me to add your photo to this post?  Email your photo to this.is.beirut@gmail.com.

No Rights, No Women

Women's Rights Supporter: Sandra Chaoul

No Rights, No Women

Women's Rights Supports: Natalie Dana Harake and Randa Adra

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36 Comments

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36 responses to “Imagine Lebanon WITHOUT women

  1. Salim

    A world without women is like a coke with bubbles… Plain

  2. WAW! What a great initiative!! Wish I was there to support this movement!
    I’m going to spread the word on Twitter!!! 🙂

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  4. This issue has always angered me, as the child of a Lebanese father and American mother. While I never felt its effects directly, I’m just shamed that my father’s homeland holds women’s rights in such little regard, in 2011. NO RIGHTS, NO WOMEN!

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  6. I’m in =) I have the perfect suit for this =)
    We should all meet up for photos later.

  7. I don’t mean to be a party pooper, and then what?

    • Know it all

      And then more awarenss is created around this very important issue in the hopes that one day women will get the same rights as men. I think that’s reason enough to join the movement!

  8. For what it’s worth, I think this to be a great cause… so good luck to you all. You got my support…

    Maybe the men need to give up all their rights to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a woman in lebanon?
    oh well!

  9. This is amazing, the creative idea behind the campaign is just beautiful! Who other than Lebanese women can pull off something like that! Nice of you to be so supportive Danielle, very touching:)
    No rights, no women!

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  11. girls r dum

    Lebanon without women would mean chicks without breasts or vaginas… a little hair never scared anyone. Sure we Lebanese men prefer our women to be as hairy as mannequins but if Latin Americans can find a way to love hairy women, so can we. Otherwise we’ll just resort to brown bag specials until you silly girls realize that women will never be equal to men in the Middle East.

    • Samantha

      such a stupid comment! you should never be allowed outside!

    • "Dumb Girl"

      Its really such a shame that you refuse to see the cause behind the public display/awareness movement. Instead of constructive criticism or even a semi-valid opinion on the way these women have chosen to get the message across you have resorted to making obnoxious retorts that you should learn to just keep to yourself in the future.

      Since you don’t seem capable of understanding the concept of basic human rights, let me dumb it down for you (yes, thats how its spelled: d-u-m-b) Regardless of what little your mind is capable of comprehending, we are all created equal. Granted, some societies and cultures have failed to legalize the equality we are fighting for (etc) and there is much progress still to be made around the world but that does not mean we are merely “chicks” with “vaginas and breasts”.

      Your stone age attitude is appalling and its a shame people like you even exist in the world. And if you ever think the day will come where Lebanese women (or women anywhere in the world) will give up on fighting for their rights thats foolishly optimistic.. But if you think that any woman in her right mind would not only give up on the cause and accept that women are not equal to you.. well then you are dumber than I thought was even possible. You may just want to stick to your plan and “resort to brown bag specials” – Get used to it because we “silly girls” aren’t going anywhere until we succeed.

      You should be ashamed to call yourself a man – real men understand that this is a basic human right that should be granted to all with no discrimination.

      • Youssef Chaker

        Not only will women never stop fighting for their rights, men, real men, will never stop fighting for women’s rights either. I would love to show you what a real man is, but your feeble mind is not capable of understanding the notion! I digress.. Ladies, pay no mind to such ignorance, it bares no weight and importance!

  12. girls r dum

    More stupid than girls wearing moustaches?

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  15. Got my vote! Though I have a mustache already:)

    Not the only primitive law that we need to change in this country, but definitely one of the first!

  16. Gass

    I blame Lebanese woman for letting their rights taken over by an obsolete tribal system. I blame them for being too spoiled to do anything. No offense young ladies, I love the initiative, but it takes more than a moustache and a motto to have your rights back!
    You should stand for every basic human right that is violated in this country! Do you imagine yourself living in this tribal society FULLY as a woman! You should emancipate yourself first; force your feminine values on this obsolete patriarchal system! Lebanon needs a feminist revolution! We are a small country and we deserve to live equally in peace.

  17. moe halabi

    But yet its easier for a women to get a job in leb :P,but i do agree with this article. Lebanese laws suck, but what would you do without men. 😀

  18. Youssef Chaker

    “My motto is there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other” http://www.ted.com/talks/madeleine_albright_on_being_a_woman_and_a_diplomat.html

  19. haydoula

    wow , i liked the idea , i’ll be the only girl their 🙂

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