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Ma T2oulo Mabrouk Ba3ed: Domestic Violence Law Approved Without KAFA Amendments

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Via Almaza

When I first read that the domestic violence law got approved without any amendments, I thought the parliament passed the draft-law including Kafa’s remarks without amending it, but as it turns out, they only voted on the original draft-law and not the crucial modifications requested by KAFA. One of the KAFA lawyer went as far as calling the law a “farce”.

This is definitely bad news as the law approved doesn’t incriminate marital rape and doesn’t protect the children or give women custody of her children. Having said that, I am not even sure we could call this a step in the right direction. What I know is that the MPs who signed on the draft-law with all the amendments have failed KAFA and the Lebanese women.

Shame.

Almaza, Al Rifai, Exotica, Himaya and Ksara Show Support to KAFA’s #NoLawNoVote Campaign

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The parliament just ratified the law to protect women from domestic violence without making any amendments. Congrats to all the Lebanese!

Update: The law was passed without the amendments requested by KAFA, so it’s not what we were hoping for but definitely a step in the right direction.

Update2: Here’s the statement released by Kafa.

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#NoLawNoVote: Join KAFA Tomorrow In Front Of The Parliament

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The Lebanese Parliament is meeting tomorrow to vote on the draft-law presented by KAFA for protecting women from domestic violence and there’s a gathering taking place at 10:30am right before the voting in order to impact and influence the parliament. If you can’t be there, you can still show your support online by using the hashtag #NoLawNoVote on the various social media tools and spread the word.

It’s time to put an end to these heinous murders and jail any asshole who tries to abuse his wive or any woman for that sake. Roqayya Monzer was the last victim of domestic violence after her husband shot her dead when she asked for a divorce.

Here’s a [Link] to the event.

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Exotica showed support too

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Miss Lebanon Yara Ghrawi

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via NoGarlicNoOnions

Naameh Landfill To Close Permanently in 2015

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Picture taken from Photosoftheweek

Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnou assured on Tuesday that the Naameh landfill will be shut down in 2015 once the extended contract expires. As you all might recall, Nahmeh residents started a protest a couple of month back and blocked the road to the Nahmeh landfill causing a major garbage crisis in the country.

While this is good news for the Nahmeh residents, what the government should do next is revise the contracts signed with Sukleen and work on a better recycling process in order to get rid of public waste in an eco-friendly way. The last thing we need is a new landfill in a different location.

Speaking of Sukleen, they announced lately that they are giving away recycling boxes for offices. If you are interested in having them, read more [Here].

Dear Lebanon

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Dear Lebanon is a movie showing Lebanese teenagers’s views on Bombings, Religion and Politics. I want to believe that the new generations will make a change in the right direction and rebel against the corrupted political class that’s been ruling and ruining the country for years but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

What does this constant insecurity mean for them? What are their thoughts on religion and politics? To what extent do they feel personally affected by the bombings?

Together with a team of eight youths between the ages of 15 and 18, film producer Raphael Schanz set off on a journey in search of answers. During the course of seven weeks he accompanied them through the streets of Beirut and discussed the points in which they felt their wishes clashed with the crude reality. This 30 minute documentary features youths’ ambivalent love for their home country. Which role do teenagers see for themselves in Lebanon? How can they succeed in making their voices heard?

via StopCulturalTerrorismInLebanon

Lebanese Mothers Who Can’t Take Pictures With Their Sons On Mother’s Day

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Marie Mansourati holds a rose while sitting on the bed of her missing son Daniel, who was taken away by force in 1993.

Let’s not forget on this day the mothers of Lebanese who went missing during Lebanon’s civil war between 1975 and 1990. These mothers have been protesting for 9 years now in a tent outside the United Nations headquarters in Beirut and will never give up looking for their sons and daughters. I want to mention one of these mothers, Audette Salem, whose son and daughter disappeared back in 1985, and was killed in 2010 by a speeding car as she was crossing the road near her tent.

A couple of weeks back, the Shura Council allowed families of the disappeared to have access to the government’s investigation files, a decision which was hailed as a victory by the families. However, the investigation was conducted over a 9 months period back in 2001 and probably won’t be of any use. Nevertheless, I honestly find it outrageous that the authorities have denied the families the right to look into this information all this time.

There is an estimated number of 17,000 missing from the 1975-90 civil war whose fate is still unknown. There’s a Facebook page dedicated to The Missing Of Lebanon that you can check [Here].

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About That Video On Syrian and Ukrainian Refugees In Lebanon

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Picture via GlobalPost

I am sure you’ve all seen this [video] showing how Lebanese reacted when asked about Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and the possibility of having Ukrainian refugees following recent events in Ukraine and the Crimea region.

For some reason, whomever uploaded the video and most of the people commenting are labeling the Lebanese as racist and insensitive, and that’s the message being spread all across the social media networks. Knowing that there’s still racism in Lebanon, that’s not what the interviewed people said and that’s definitely not the message being sent out from this video. The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon is a very alarming and serious matter as they constitute almost 30% of the country’s population now, and are a huge economic burden on the Lebanese people and its government. That’s not a racist statement, that’s a fact that even the UN acknowledges and I don’t think there’s anyone helping the Syrian Refugees as much as the Lebanese are. Moreover, the Lebanese Online Community and a lot of NGOs and associations have long condemned all the racist acts against Syrian refugees and helped in promoting awareness on that matter.

After all:
It’s normal for public schools and universities to get overcrowded when you have a 1 million refugees in a country of 4 million.
It’s normal for Lebanese workers and local businesses to complain because they are competing with a cheaper labor force.
It’s normal for rent prices to go up when there’s more demand.

What’s not normal is for Lebanese to spread this misleading video and label their own people as racist and insensitive.

Moreover, whomever asked that question about Ukrainian refugees (Just Female Refugees) obviously meant it in a funny way even though I didn’t find it funny, but still the answers were not serious ones and cannot in anyway be compared to the first part of the video. This being said, stop sharing this video and report it if anything because it’s misleading and harmful to the Lebanese and Syrians. No one’s denying that there’s still racism in Lebanon but that’s not how you portray it and raise awareness on it.

Women in Politics 2014 Report: Lebanon At The Bottom of Rankings

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According to The Women In Politics Map 2014, Lebanon only has 3.1 percent of female representation and was ranked at the 139th position, noting that the last position is the 145th. There are currently only four women in the 128-member parliament in Lebanon and only one woman in the government (There were none in the previous government).

Quite shameful.

Check out the whole map [Here] and an article on these rankings [Here].

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