Raising Fists and Voices: Lebanese Women’s Struggle to End Violence

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>  “I don’t believe in a country that turns rapists into suitable husbands”. Those were the kind of banners you could have seen being held by activists should you have walked on the streets of Beirut on January the 14th during the March to Fight Rape organized by Lebanese feminist collective Nasawiya. … Continue reading

Lebanon, a Land of Men (and of a few Courageous Women)

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> I am a Lebanese woman married to a Swiss man. My children will never be Lebanese, nor will my husband, because I am considered as a second class citizen in my own country, which doesn’t seem to deem it necessary to grant me the same citizenship rights as everyone else (also … Continue reading

The role of women’s organizations and other NGOs in highlighting citizenship’s and women’s rights in Palestine

Women’s organization in relation to Palestinian history have played two very important roles, on one side struggling for the rights of the Palestinian people on the national scene and one the other side advocating for women’s rights on the social arena, especially since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority with the Oslo agreement. Both struggles … Continue reading

Citizenship and Gender in the Arab World, The role of women’s organizations and other NGOs in highlighting citizenship’s and women’s rights, the Case of Lebanon

Lebanon. A country full of contradictions, where women’s movements were very active since the beginning of the 20th century in areas going from education to culture and politics, but it was not until 1953 that all Lebanese women received the right to vote and run in elections as candidates. This achievement did not result in … Continue reading

Citizenship and Gender in the Arab World, The role of women’s organizations and other NGOs in highlighting citizenship’s and women’s rights, the Case of Syria

In the Middle East, people suffer from many issues which we can divide in two main items: foreign occupation and interventions on one side and on the other side the lack of democracy. External actors and countries have indeed played for quite a long time now a negative role in the region. This is undeniable, … Continue reading