Yesterday In Lebanon I participated to a great protest calling for the adoption of the law protecting women against family violence. Branding banners calling Lebanese Mps to wake up, and to adopt the Law, and calling for a “just” law, and branding colorful banners against gender violence, and white umbrellas, activists from all ages, walked under the sunday sun in Lebanon. From The Sanayeh Garden facing the ministry of Interior to the Riad El Solh Square near the Lebanese parliament, protesters took to the streets calling for gender equality, and for the adoption by the Members of Parliaments during an open panel of the Lebanese parliament, of the draft law studied and approved by the parliamentarian committees 2 weeks ago.
It is important to note, that in the penal code a father, a brother, a husband aren’t penalised by the actual law when they commit family violence. Article 562 also shed lights on the crime of honor still legitimized in the Lebanese laws. Those dispositions need ASAP to be amended. In the protest one of the banner recalled all the women who died because of family and domestic violence. The actual law doesn’t protect women and kids! the actual law gives precedence to the religious court we have in Lebanon, which rules our domestic matters … that is why we need a Unified civil Personal Status law in Lebanon!
During yesterday event, it was great to see many women’s association, along with women activists marching together to demand clearly the adoption of a law that protects women against domestic violence. Finally they understood that Collaboration and building alliances make Victory happen!!
Kafa’s organisation who headed the organisation of the protest, also invited the political parties.
And I witnessed that a lot of Political parties brought their banners and joined the protest . I took the picture of the Banner of : the Kataeb party, the Tayyar Party( free patriotic movement) , the Future Party, the Lebanese Forces Party, and the Syrian social national party.
I also witnessed that a lot of “men” “guys” were also walking in the protest, even though without branding banners , it appeared that they were the body guards of one of the MPs who was there and marching…. 🙂
I also witnessed a “boooo” from some “leftist” protesters who yelled “no to fascism” when one of the Mp’s (Strida Geagea) addressed one of the TV stations that were covering the event, and this happened at the end of the event.
I will uplaod all the videos, and the pictures, of the march tomorrow!! http://youtu.be/ygKBKQOQaz0
While waiting, for the picture and the Parliament to open a session and adopt all the pending draft laws,
I would like to salute the women’s organisations in political parties that I have seen for the first time reunited in a protest!
I won’t forget to congratulate the women’s associations of the civil society who worked together yesterday for the law to be adopted!!
Good Work and finger crossed while waiting for the final Vote !