Christian women in Lebanon ought to have advocates to defend them. Muslim women ought to as well, but it is more difficult for them because of the divine sanction given to wife-beating (Koran 4:34).
“Violence Against Women: Lebanon; 90% Victim Of Abuse,” from ANSAmed, November 25 (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) – BEIRUT, NOVEMBER 25 – At least 90% of women in Lebanon are, or have been in the past, victim of physical or psychological abuse. This statement was made on the occasion of the tenth international day for the elimination of violence against women, by the Lebanese Council to Resist Violence Against Women (LCRVAW). “Only very few of these crimes are reported, because in Lebanon it is considered normal that a woman is beaten by her husband or a relative; therefore judges and policemen often underestimate the problem” said to ANSA Raghida Ghamlush, head of the LCRVAW office in Beirut. Despite the election of a woman as finance minister, “the situation in Lebanon” Ghamlush continued “is not good: the crime of domestic violence is not provided for in the penal code”. For the Lebanese law, cases of maltreatment and abuse are part of family law, and are therefore handled directly by the confessional communities. “Only if injuries are reported by a doctor” the NGO leader said, “they can take legal action, but the chances of success are slim”. Even worse, according to Dalal Chehade, head of the Lebanese NGO Najdeh, is the situation of women in the Lebanese refugee camps. “They are discriminated twice as much because they are refugees and because they are women”, he told ANSA. Considered foreigners by the Lebanese Sate, “in case of abuse, before reporting their aggressor they must turn to the peoplÃ©s committee that handles these reports with the Lebanese authorities. This obstacle is sufficiently high for most crimes to remain unpunished”, he concluded. (ANSAmed).