The Lebanese Feminist Civil Society Platform held a press conference on Monday to voice its demands regarding the candidates for the upcoming legislative elections and to guarantee women’s equality in political parties.
The platform urged the candidates to commit to “achieving full equality between women and men, to include it in their priorities as future parliamentarians and to work seriously to ensure the full participation of women at decision-making levels”. of decision”.
The Lebanese Feminist Civil Society Platform called on female candidates to take gender-responsive measures in their electoral plans and as future parliamentary bodies. Their 10 demands are:
- Pledge not to engage in sexism or misogyny in their speeches and election campaigns.
- Ensure that a gender perspective is included in future legislation.
- Ensure effective representation of women in political leadership and public life, including: the adoption of a law protecting them from political violence and the enactment of measures such as quotas to accelerate their equal representation in elected bodies.
- Ensure recovery efforts and address issues of gender equality and women’s rights.
- Support key legislative reforms essential to prevent and respond to gender rights and women’s rights, including: enacting laws to combat child marriage, amending the Penal Code to ensure marital rape is criminalized, and repealing penal codes used to criminalize same-sex relationships and transgender women.
- Adopt a unified civil code of personal status for all women and men in Lebanon.
- Amend the nationality law to ensure that Lebanese women have the same rights as men to pass on their nationality to their children.
- Revise labor, social security and tax laws to address gender discrimination: increase paid maternity leave to a minimum of 14 weeks; repeal the law prohibiting women from certain professions; Amend the Social Welfare Act to provide insurance coverage for unemployed women whose husbands are working, over 60, or disabled.
- Pass a law to regulate the employment of domestic workers and dismantle the kafala system.
- Amend Law 164 to align with the UN Anti-Trafficking Protocol to maximize efforts to protect survivors.
The Lebanese Feminist Civil Society Platform is formed of activists who were convened by UN Women in the aftermath of the August 4 Beirut explosion and issued a unified charter of demands to place women’s issues at the center of the plan of disaster.
Lebanese women have long suffered from the violation of their fundamental human rights in many aspects, including in the labor sector with unequal wages, gender-based discrimination in laws and courts, their safety and human dignity. with the lack of action against exposed sexual predators, a blatant disregard for their value in governance, ongoing sexism and misogyny, to name a few.
Even though Lebanese women constitute more than 50% of the Lebanese population, the state and political leaders continue to ignore them in their rights.