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Student competition as part of child marriage campaigning

13-5-2019

The Lebanese Democratic Women’s Gathering (RDFL) announced on May 11 the results of a national art competition for school and university students on child marriage in Lebanon. The competition to recall, comes as part of the #NotBefore18 campaign launched by the RDFL to end child marriage and set18 as the minimum legal age for marriage for both males and females without exceptions. Noting, that the competition, organized by RDFL, in cooperation with the ministry of education and the support of IM Swedish, is the first expressive and art contest that addresses the topic. Participants were asked to creatively elaborate in text, poetry, painting or song lyrics the issue of the child marriage with the aim to raise awareness among students on the urgency of ending the phenomenon. More than 8000 students from some 88 public and private schools and colleges across Lebanon took part in the competition. On the occasion, RDFL campaign and communication coordinator, Hayat Mirshad, criticized the government and legislature’s slackness in ratifying a civil law that protects children from early marriage. She stressed that Lebanon does not commit or comply with relevant international agreements, like the Convention on the Rights of the Child and CEDAW, under the discriminatory personal status laws in effect in the country. (An Nahar, May 11, 2019)

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