Lebanese women in a sit-in against discrimination: My Nationality is a Right for Me and My Family

Sun, 03/22/2015

My Nationality is a Right for Me and My Family Campaign staged a sit-in on 22 March 2015 in Riad Al Solh, in downtown Beirut. For that purpose hundreds of participants converged to Riad Solh square from across the country, from the South, the North, Beqaa, Beirut and Mount Lebanon areas. The Regional Coordinator of the Campaign, Lina Abu Habib, stressed “rights are indivisible and are not subject to discriminatory considerations,” describing as pointless the political approach that withholds the rights of citizens in favor of narrow confessional interests. Reconstructing political life along the lines of citizenship, she said, is necessary to attain the rights of citizens. For her part, Member of the Campaign’s Coordinating Committee, Mariam Ghazal, spoke on behalf of the Lebanese mothers involved, saying that the only real gift for Lebanese mothers is to recognize their right in passing the nationality to family members. She added: “This right is not a favor from anyone; in fact it has been abducted.” Finally, she paid a tribute to mothers of martyrs of the Lebanese Army. Activists participating in the sit-in confirmed the need to turn the subject of the Nationality campaign into a public opinion case, like in the case of the law on the protection of women against domestic violence which saw the build up of a network of campaigning organizations, in which the media also played a leading role.