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On Mother's Day: Women march, tweet and greet


On the occasion of Mother’s Day which falls on March 21, women took to the streets on Saturday and Sunday in several Lebanese areas to protest the alarming economic, living, social and health situation, in addition to the ongoing emigration of Lebanon’s youth. On Saturday, a feminist march was organized in commemoration of the victims of the Beirut Port blast, from the neighborhood of Sodeco to Martyrs Square up to the Port area. Concurrently, a demonstration took off from Zuk Mosbeh-Keserwan area towards the capital under the motto “Should mothers lose hope, homeland is in danger”, where demonstrators marched through Bchara Khoury, Fouad Chehab, Saifi and the Port areas. A similar feminist protest took off from Mina Downtown area in Tripoli to Abdel Hamid Karami Square, while another peaceful demonstration was organized last Sunday by Iqlim Kharoub Mothers from Barja intersection to Al Jiyyeh Municipality. On the other hand, several politicians tweeted greeting mothers on their day, notably MP Nazih Najm who wrote, mothers are the only source of reassurance in a country of difficulties with unprecedented scope. He hoped politicians look after their people like mothers look after their children. Nazik Hariri, for her part, appealed to all, leaders and the public, to work harder to empower women and activate their role in society. Al Diyar newspaper, in turn, published a feature today on the reality of Lebanese women, stating that the patriarchal culture in the country is no longer a secret. It decried the imprudence of the media and the insolence of politicians, combined with the bigoted personal status laws and the loopholes in the application and implementation of civil codes. On the subject, Al Diyar spoke to human rights activist, Wahib Fayyad, who stressed that the sectarian system which created autonomous laws for each sect, particularly in the personal status area, has rendered women prisoners of discriminatory practices supported by such laws based on the outdated Ottoman family law. Fayyad said the solution to achieving full gender equality is supported by two pillars: the continuous struggle of women to substantiate their rights and aptitudes, and the enactment of a comprehensive civil personal status law that eliminates legal disparities between men and women. (Al Diyar, March 21, 22, 2021)

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