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Campaign to raise age of marriage, proposal to amend law on domestic violence


On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on November 25 of every year, which coincides with the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (till December 10), the Presidential Palace in Baabda was lit orange yesterday to mark the occasion and express hope for a bright future free from all forms of violence. In a related development, UN Women and NCLW launched a joint campaign to raise awareness on the consequences and implications of gender-based violence and gender inequality. The said campaign calls especially for ending child marriage in Lebanon, which is considered a form of gender-based violence, through the adoption of a legislation raising the minimum age of marriage to 18 years. Named Bakirr Alaya, the campaign was launched on social media under the hashtag #Bakirr3laya. In parallel, and in collaboration with Kafa organization and NCLW, MPs Ibrahim Kenaan, Estaphan Dweihi, Paula Yacoubian, Taymour Jumblat, Sammy Gemayel, Shamel Rukuz and Michel Moussa are holing a news conference today to present the proposal for amendment of the Domestic Violence Law No. 293/2014. For its part, Al Diyar newspaper reported in an investigative feature published today that Arab women are among the world’s most vulnerable women, with nearly one third of them victims of violence. (For more on the article, click on (Al Diyar, Al Mustaqbal, An Nahar, November 25, 26, 2018)

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