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Mapping Arab Women's MovementsA Century of Transformations from Within$
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Pernille Arenfeldt and Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164989

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164989.001.0001

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Women's Rights Activism in Lebanon

Women's Rights Activism in Lebanon

(p.111) 5 Women's Rights Activism in Lebanon
Mapping Arab Women's Movements

Rita Stephan

American University in Cairo Press

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

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