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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Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM)
Jazeera Media Network
The Union of Feminist Action
Saba Hamlet for Gender Equality
Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta
Hassène Kassar
Faculty of Humanities-Martil, Abdelmalek Essaâdi University
Association pour le Droit à la Différence (ADD)
Palestinian Bar Association (PBA)
Committee for the Follow-Up on women' s Issues (CFUWI)
Asociación de Investigadores Extranjeros (AINVEX)
Union de l'Action Feministe (UAF)
ABAAD - Resource Center for Gender Equality
Le chemin de la dignité
Apid Imprenditorialità Donna
Mouna Mtibaa
Mediterraneo Sociale
Myriem Narjis
Ntic et Citoyennete - Maurifemme
Rayhana Association for Women of Jendouba
SEMNID Association for Social Development
Pertinence Sa Dynamisme Qualite
Etaf Roudan
Association for the Development & Enhancement of Women (ADEW)
Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech
League of Female Executives of the National Union of Tunisian Women
Observatori Cultural de Gènere
Women Now for Development
Infakto Research Workshop
Movimento per l'Autosviluppo, l'Interscambio e la Solidarietà (M.A.I.S.)
Mixité et Gouvernance en Méditerranée
Center for Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue
Kenzy Associacion for Development
Space Starting Point (ESPOD)
Women in Front

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