Women's Rights Activism in Lebanon

Rita Stephan

in Mapping Arab Women's Movements

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9789774164989
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971266 | DOI:
Women's Rights Activism in Lebanon

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This chapter illustrates the power of the various political, religious, and social structures in influencing the activism of Lebanese women. It explores how Lebanese women's rights activists carried out their activism within these restrictive political, social, and religious structures, and how they sought to advocate for their rights and recognition while accommodating these structures. It offers a historical overview to the political and legal climate in Lebanon and illustrates the long struggle of Lebanese women throughout history in the quest for advancing women's rights in Lebanon and the Arab world. It offers a survey of women's rights organizations and their goals, agendas, and strategies, this chapter highlighted the critical issues for which these organizations advocate and the social and political institutions which they target. It also contextualized Lebanese women within the frame of feminism, offering insight on how Lebanese women combined their cultural and religious customs with their commitment to women's rights.

Keywords: Lebanon; Lebanese; activism; women; rights; Muslim; Christian

Chapter.  7871 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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