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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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When will Lebanese women receive equality under the law?

I can’t get over the amount of fantastic publications that are currently in circulation here in Lebanon. Every time I come across another one, and this time it’s Hibr, I feel like I’ve been missing out.. There aren’t enough hours in the day to digest all of the great content out there!!..but rest assured, I am trying my best.

I was handed this copy of Hibr while at the Geekfest last week, and the first thing that caught my attention was the huge blurb on the front page reading, “I’m pregnant..now what?” The article, written by Ali Wehbe, is excellent. I have been preparing a response, but seeing how abortion is such a culturally sensitive issue here in Lebanon and in the region, my response will come later on in the week.. once I have given it a bit more thought..



But for now, I want to comment on another article in this month’s issue titled, “Lebanese women not satisfied with second class,” by Rita Chemaly.



*I know this is nothing new to anyone, but I thought it was worth talking about again.  Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our lives that we forget those causes that really need our support!*

Anyway, the article discusses “Article 1 of the 1925 Nationality Law that states that Lebanese citizenship is granted only to those born of Lebanese fathers..which essentially means that a Lebanese woman married to a foreign man does not have the right to pass on her nationality to her husband or children, while a foreign woman marrying a Lebanese man is entitled to citizenship for herself and her children.”

I was aware of this law previously, but what I wasn’t aware of.. was that “because foreign husbands, and children from a marriage between a Lebanese woman and a non-Lebanese man are considered residents and NOT citizens, they must obtain residency and work permits and renew them each year.” maaaaaan! ARE YOU SERIOUS? …I’m shaking my head as I write this!…

According to Chemaly, “public figures who are opposed to amending the archaic law say that they are concerned about the implications to the balance of power in government, as the Lebanese political system is based on religious demographics.”

And all of this time, I thought legislators were give the power to make laws for the benefit OF THE PEOPLE and not for their own self-interest!  It’s almost as if this law was put into place to punish Lebanese women for daring to marry a man who isn’t Lebanese.

I am disgusted, disappointed, FURIOUS.  I’m not even Lebanese, and this saddens me so much.

What can I say other than I wholeheartedly support the associations, such as “Fathers and Sons for Citizenship,” the campaigns such as “My Citizenship is my Right and my Family’s Right,” and “My Nationality is the Right of my Children,” as well as all of the people who are lobbying for the amendment of Article 1 of the 1925 Nationality Law to include the following statement: “Any person born of a Lebanese father or mother shall be granted Lebanese citizenship.” That’ll be the day…won’t it.

Join the Nationality Campaign’s facebook page by clicking here, and the join the cause by clicking here!

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If you know of any other ways that I can contribute please let me know.


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