Hundreds protest against the sexist citizenship bill in Lebanon

Hundreds protested in Lebanon demanding the right for Lebanese women to pass on their citizenship to their children.

July 10, 2019 by Vyshakh T

Hundreds of protesters in Lebanon gathered at Riad al-Solh Square in Beirut on July 7 to demand the right for Lebanese women to pass on their citizenship to their children. As per a law dating back to 1925, Lebanese women married to foreigners cannot confer nationality to their children and spouses. Only children born to Lebanese men are eligible for citizenship.

Under this archaic law, children are denied Lebanese citizenship and cannot work in certain fields or access public healthcare. They require a work visa to be legally employed and need a residence permit to stay in the country.

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