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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."


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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