LEBANON: Protest in Beirut Demands Criminalizing Violence Against Women

Sunday, March 25, 2012
Now Lebanon
Western Asia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Hundreds of people protested on Sunday to demand a law allowing Lebanese women to transfer nationality to their family and to criminalize violence against women, the National News Agency reported.

The protesters marched from Beirut's Barbir area and headed toward the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut, the report said.

They also called for improving the electoral law, approving civil, economic and social rights for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, improving the role of women to strengthen civil peace and end discrimination against women in the Lebanese penal code.

The protesters also chanted in support of a civil state and against sectarianism.

President of the National Commission for Lebanese Women and First Lady Wafaa Sleiman voiced her support for the participants, the NNA added.