Below are 3 articles covering the progress made in UAE: children of women married to foreigner can now ask for the nationality of their mothers;
this step is needed in Lebanon: Lebanese women married to no-lebanese, cannot transmit their nationality to their families.
With the actual law, Lebanon is not complying to his Constitution, or ratified international docs!
treating lebanese women and their families as citizens, is a need to fulfill equality and to build a State of Law …
DOHA, DECEMBER 1 – Progress has been made in the field of equal rights for men and women in the United Arab Emirates. From now on, the children of female citizens of the UAE married to foreigners will be able to acquire their mothers’ nationality, due to a law recently approved by the federation.
According to the new law, at age 18 the children of an UAE mother and a foreign father can request their mother’s nationality as well as enjoy the same rights of UAE citizens even before reaching the required age for the official request.
So reports The Peninsula, a daily paper in Qatar, where this equal right has not yet been recognised but on which a wide-ranging debate has begun. ”I would like all Gulf countries, including Qatar, to establish a law like that of the UAE,” said Moza Al Malki, Qatari psychologist cited by the newspaper. The extension to mothers of the right to hand down their nationality to their children, as well as giving more rights to women, makes it possible to increase the number of citizens of the countries belonging to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), who are still a minority compared with the foreign community. In Qatar, for example, Qatar nationals total only 20% of the overall population, compared with 80% of foreigners without the chance for naturalisation. According to Sheikha Al Jefairi, the sole female member of Qatar’s Central Municipal Council, the country has a law which recognises the same rights to the children of Qatari women married to foreigners, but not the right to hold a Qatari passport. But however close the Qatari law comes to that of the UAE, it is not applied. ”I urge the authorities appointed by the Emit to take measures on the issue, ensuring that this law is enforced and that it has immediate binding effects,” said Al Jefairi. Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee has also taken a position on the issue and is putting pressure on the government. (ANSAmed).
UAE decision on nationality law highlights need for new approach
As the United Arab Emirates became the eighth Arab state to grant equal nationality rights to women Wednesday, campaigners in Lebanon warn the domestic struggle still has some way to go.
Currently, Lebanese women who marry foreigners can’t pass their nationality onto their children, unlike Lebanese men. Activists have been campaigning on the issue for years, having first presented a draft law to Parliament in 2005.
Ghida Anani, founder and director of Abaad, a Beirut-based regional gender research center, said the UAE decision might give some encouragement to other Arab countries, but that Lebanon was a very different scenario.
“Here we have the issue of the Palestinians, of confessionalism, and of quotas,” said Anani.
Many believe the introduction of the law would lead to the naturalization of Palestinian refugees married to Lebanese women, however a U.N. study showed in 2010 that only 18,000 Lebanese women had married non-Lebanese men between 1995 and 2008.
The campaign in Lebanon, Anani believes, needs a fresh approach.
“The campaign is losing momentum. I sense there is frustration and activists are not pushing hard enough on decision-makers.
“We need new and concrete arguments,” Anani added. “Politicians must be lobbied.”
Metn MP Ghassan Moukheiber, a member of Parliament’s Human Rights Committee who has publicly supported the nationality campaign for years, agrees that the struggle needs a new angle.
“We must find a solution to this problem, but this will only happen if we have a dialogue which addresses the concerns and fears of the people and the parliamentarians,” he said.
“We need to sit down with the key players and conduct straight talk about how we can improve the lives of Lebanese women,” he said. “We need to discuss the problems that no one wants to talk about publicly.”
Lina Abou Habib, executive director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development – Action, a Beirut-based regional gender equality center, sees encouragement in September’s decision by Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas to grant the right to work to the non-Lebanese spouses and children of Lebanese women.
CRTD is continuing to lobby MPs to study the draft law and is also conducting an extensive study on the daily ramifications that the absence of such a law has on the lives of Lebanese women.
The center is also encouraging Lebanese women to “be more vocal in demanding their rights. To consider what are the potentials and possibilities of active citizenship,” Habib said.
“I do believe there are solutions to these problems,” Moukheiber said, “We just need to find them.”
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
(AFP) – 1 day ago
ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday that children of Emirati women married to foreigners could apply for citizenship once they turned 18, moving closer to giving women the same nationality rights as men.
President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan decreed that the “children of women citizens married to foreigners should be treated as citizens,” WAM state news agency reported.
In the move, the children are to get the “right to apply for citizenship when they reach 18,” it added.
Most Arab countries link nationality to blood relation from the father’s side, disenfranchising women who face various forms of gender discrimination across the region.
Tunisia had for a long time been the only country that gave men and women equal nationality rights with few other countries responding to continued campaigns for the regulation to be changed.
But in 2005, Algeria amended its nationality law, giving women the right to pass citizenship to their foreign husbands and children.
In 2007, Morocco said the children of Moroccan women will automatically get the nationality, while foreign husbands can demand the citizenship after five years of marriage and residency in the country.
Egypt followed suit giving women the right to pass their citizenship to their children.
The campaign continues in many other Arab countries…