Civil and political rights - Lebanon

Unequal and Unprotected: Women's Rights under Lebanese Personal Status Laws

21.12.2015 / Created by (EMWF)

This study documents how the current personal status system, which is composed of 15 separate laws for the country´s different religious communities, discriminates against women. Based on the review of existing personal status laws and more than 70 interviews with lawyers, judges, social workers, women´s rights activists and women who suffered discrimination.

The research reveals that women from all confessions are being treated worse than men when it comes to accessing divorce and primary care for their children (“custody”). The study includes recommendations to the government and parliament, to religious confessions and to donor states and agencies supporting civil society and state reforms in Lebanon. 


  • Type of publication : Study / Report
  • Author : Human Rights Watch
  • Publication date : 2015
  • Number of pages : 115
  • Language : English


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