My Nationality is a Right for me and my Family Campaign || On the new Cabinet and Women Rights in Lebanon

Thu, 02/20/2014

My Nationality is a Right for me and my Family Campaign, along with its membership of concerned women and their families, welcome the formation of the new Cabinet, a protracted process which has taken more than ten months to mature. This is nevertheless a rather positive outcome as it will largely help defuse the political and confessional crisis in Lebanon. However, the Nationality Campaign is not particularly hopeful that this Cabinet, which will essentially be of a transitory nature, will succeed in pushing forward with key issues related to citizenship and rights namely Lebanese women’s right to full and inclusive citizenship since it will essentially focus on security issues, combating terrorism and preparing for the upcoming election milestones, both presidential and parliamentary. It is almost certain that no time will be allocated to address key social issues and concerns related to rights and entitlements.

In addition, and whilst the Nationality Campaign is gravely concerned with the growing violence and notably targeting women in the domestic sphere, it views this matter as intimately related to the continued denial of citizenship rights and the exclusion of women from enjoying full citizenship, the denial of their right to transmit nationality and lack of seriousness in addressing issues related to gender equality. Indeed, the appointment of only one woman within the new 24-person cabinet, regardless of her high standards and capabilities, will not change the nature of the approach in of the new Cabinet in dealing with rights of women. Indeed, women remain excluded from major decision making processes, positions in political organisations and from the electoral system with the absence of a women quota.

To conclude, we call on women, their organisations and all other civil organisations, to upscale mobilisation and lobby the present transitory Cabinet so as to reconsider the present official attitude to women’s right to nationality, to endorse the domestic violence protection bill, and to adopt the “women quota” for the next legislative elections, in order to make some headways towards achieving full citizenship, gender equality and social justice.

My Nationality is a Right for me and my Family Campaign
19 Feb 2014