Requesting UN support for attaining women’s rights in Lebanon
By Hana Rustom Archbold
Requesting support from the United Nations (UN) for attaining women’s rights in Lebanon the Middle East as adopted in the Beijing Platform.
A. ABOLISHING DOMESTIC ABUSE BY ENFORCING DETERRING LAWS
Most of the problems with domestic violence in Lebanon are stemming from the fact that the country has been residing under a debilitating war that took a huge toll on the economic situation. Poverty and lack of opportunities for work is making it extremely difficult for families to sustain a descent humane standard of living. Men have been predominantly the main source of providing for their families. The lack of opportunity has made it nearly impossible to provide. This problem generated a new phenomenon whereby the husband, the father or the brother resorts to extreme domestic violence against women and children in order to release their frustration. Women and children have become the victims that pay the highest price, their lives.
This problem is exacerbated by the fact that the Lebanese government does not provide any protection by law to a battered woman. They treat this issue as a private and a personal affair between the male and his significant others. This situation is leading to an alarming number of women being killed by their husband in the recent past. Men that end up killing their wives spend few months in jail at best and they get released. Men get released by merely accusing their wives of adultery. The lack of serious punishment is encouraging other men to commit equally heinous crimes. Read More ...