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Claudine Aoun in favor of civil laws to address gender imbalances

3-8-2017

The head of the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), President Michel Aoun’s Special Aide, Claudine Aoun Rookoz, confirmed yesterday to a delegation from Kafa, Enough Violence and Exploitation, that a draft bill on domestic violence prepared by NCLW will soon be referred to the Cabinet. Joint efforts, Aoun said, should be channeled to unify visions to enhance the development of civil laws that will address the imbalance in the current personal status law, and lift injustice on women and minors. Aoun also stressed to a delegation of My Nationality is My Dignity Campaign which visited her at the Presidential Palace, that NCLW will devote special attention to the law which gives mothers the right to grant nationality to their children on a par with men, while taking into account the distinct the ‘Lebanese condition’ as she said. Aoun pledged to study the subject of granting children from a Lebanese mother the right to permanent residence in the country. On the other hand, ABAAD organization presented in a press conference yesterday the results of its campaign, ‘A white dress does not cover up rape, undress 522’ to abolish Article 522 of the Penal Code. ABAAD categorically rejected any reconciliatory attempts or concessions on women’s rights in the country. During the conference, MP Elie Kayrouz mentioned that the Lebanese Forces has earlier in 2016 submitted a proposal to fully revoke the article but to no avail. (Al Mustaqbal, August 3, 2017)

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