Cabinet Approves Law to Protect Women from Family Violence
After two years of continuous and unfailing effort, the women's rights movement in Lebanon has finally succeeded in issuing a draft law to protect women from family violence, which gained approval by the Lebanese cabinet on April 6, 2010.
The adoption of this law signifies the Lebanese state’s recognition of the existence and severity of this problem, and its commitment to take action against family violence, to penalize abusers, and to break the silence that surrounds this matter.
The adoption of this law is one of the most important achievements of the women's rights movement in Lebanon. Previous governments did not give women's issues sufficient attention, and did not fulfill its commitment towards adhering to standards set at ratified international conventions (such as CEDAW). Presently, only some minor amendments had been introduced to the judicial system that did not make any significant difference on women’s status in Lebanon.
The drafting process began in July 2007 with an initiative taken by KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation to prepare a draft law to protect women from family violence. The draft was later adopted by a cluster of associations forming the "National Coalition for a Law to Protect Women from Family Violence ", which include 41 human rights organization. Following the Cabinet’s decision the coalition organized a press conference in the syndicate of journalists, as it will continue to pursue its campaign until the law is endorsed by the Lebanese Parliament.