Nationality Campaing Bayan on the occasion of Independence Day || No independence for Lebanon as long as women are denied the right to full citizenship and to transmit their Nationality

Thu, 11/21/2013

Lebanon is celebrating this year the 70th anniversary of its Independence amidst a general political, social, and economic crisis and a lack of clarity regarding the future of its citizens who are increasingly bearing the brunt of insecurity as well as abysmal living conditions.

Dominant political forces continue their confessional bickering whilst being totally oblivious of the interests of citizens who should be their prime concern.

For 70 years now, women in Lebanon have been marginalized, denied the right to play a full public role and are excluded from their full right to citizenship and unable to transmit their nationality.

On this occasion, Lebanese women and civil society activists, engaged in My Nationality is a Right for me and my Family Campaign, are coming together from various parts of Lebanon and will gather on the Ryad Solh Square on Sunday November 24th at 12:00 noon, to claim women’s right to nationality and to call on politicians to assume their full responsibilities vis-à-vis women and men citizens. Concerned women, their families and activists will all reconfirm their commitment to continue the struggle despite all hurdles and challenges and until they achieve their demands.

The continued struggle to achieve women’s right to nationality is only one step towards honoring the spirit and the letter of the Constitution and upholding the principle of equality between all citizens and particularly between women and men as well as adhering to the international conventions ratified by Lebanon, namely the Convention to Eliminate all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

On this solemn occasion, we gather to say that Lebanon shall enjoy no real Independence so long as the confessional political forces remain in power and consider themselves as the sole rights holders. Lebanon shall enjoy no Independence until it guarantees full equality to all its citizens and between women and men.