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Lebanon ranks low globally in protecting women from violence

6-9-2018

In its issue of today, Al Akhbar newspaper published a report by the World Bank entitled, ‘Women, Business and the Law 2018’, covering 189 countries. The report is the fifth edition in a series of biennial reports issued every two years measuring the discrimination and exploitation of women and the legal obstacles impeding their economic contribution. According to Al Akhbar, the report is based on a number of indicators related to women’s human rights, CEDAW and relevant international conventions, with emphasis on the prevalent legislative, social and cultural systems in the subject countries. Regarding Lebanon, it ranked six among Arab countries as the least discriminating country against women, but posted low in protection of women against violence compared to other Middle Eastern countries. Also, Lebanon posted lower indicators in relation to employment and incentives for employment, property rights, compared to higher middle income countries in the region. Overall, Lebanon recorded 22 out of 50 indicators measuring discrimination against women (according to the World Bank study criteria), as it lacks property laws that protect women in the event of divorce, in addition to discriminatory laws in inheritance matters, equal pay for women in compensation for jobs of the same value, and jobs that are banned for women. Regarding the protection and provision of a decent and safe workplace for women, the study has shown a lack of legislations that combat harassment at work. (For the full report, kindly visit the following link: http://wbl.worldbank.org. (Al Akhbar, September 6, 2018)

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