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.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 “Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women for the future in the Mediterranean” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women’s Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.