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National Campaign to amend provisions in social and economic legislation that discriminate against women, “The Long Road Ahead...” (Wayn Ba’dna) The table below lists the topics that the National campaign addresses (achievements to date 2011 as well as subsequent steps):

Additional steps

Achievement to date

Objective of the amendment

Legal provisions requiring amendment

 

The Lebanese Parliament voted for the amendment during a plenary session on Wednesday 17/08/2011 (Official Gazette - Issue 41, Law 180).

In the case of a married couple, only the father can claim the family abatement allowance relating to the children. The mother can claim this allowance if she is a widow or if the father is disabled. Hence, the objective is to establish equality between the father and the mother by aligning the conditions for benefiting from this allowance.

Income Tax  law:
Article (31)

 

The Lebanese Parliament voted for the amendment during a plenary session on Wednesday 17/08/2011 (Official Gazette - Issue 41, Law 179)

A male heir benefits from an additional exemption from duties in inheritance law. The objective is to grant this exemption right to include the female (spouse) heir and each of her minor children.

Inheritance Law:
Article (9)

 

Pending follow-up by the Lebanese Parliament for approval during a plenary session.

The National Defense, Interior and Municipality Committee of the Lebanese Parliament cancelled Paragraph 8 of Article (94) of the Legislative Decree 102/83 (the Defense Act)

Male and female spouses (of deceased volunteers in the armed forces) shall lose the benefit from a retirement/pension plan (of the deceased volunteer) should they remarry. The objective is to grant this pension benefit in the event of a second marriage (after the death of the first pair.)

National Defense law:
Amendment to Paragraph (8) of Article (94)

Pending follow-up at the Lebanese Parliament.

NCLW prepared the bill relating to this objective. The bill was submitted to the Lebanese Parliament by Deputies Gilbert Zwein and Michel Moussa on 26/7/2011.

Currently, employed male spouses that are covered by the SSL can unconditionally grant this SSL coverage to their unemployed female spouses. The objective is to grant this right to employed female spouses that are covered by the SSL so that they can themselves unconditionally grant this SLL coverage to their unemployed male spouses.

Social Security Law (SSL): Article (14)

Pending follow-up by the Lebanese Parliament for approval during a plenary session.

This requirement has been cancelled by the Administration and Justice Committee of the Lebanese Parliament.

Currently, there is a waiting period of 10 months for employed Lebanese women who join the Social Security Fund before they can benefit from maternity benefits. The objective is to cancel this waiting period.

Social Security Law:
Item (2) of Article (16)

Pending follow-up by the Lebanese Parliament for approval during a plenary session.

The text has been amended by the Administration and Justice Committee of the Lebanese Parliament.

Currently, employed husbands benefit from a family compensation plan if their wives are unemployed. The objective is to grant this right to benefit from the family compensation plan to employed wives, should their husbands be unemployed.

Social Security Law:
Item (2) of Article (46)

Pending follow-up by the Lebanese Parliament for approval during a plenary session.

The text has been amended by the Administration and Justice Committee of the Lebanese Parliament hence granting working women this right.

The objective is to grant working women full salary rights during the maternity leave period.

Social Security Law:
Article (26)

Pending follow-up by the Lebanese Parliament for approval during a plenary session.

The text has been amended by the Administration and Justice Committee of the Lebanese Parliament hence achieving gender equality in this regard.

Currently, fathers who are covered by the SSL receive child benefits. The objective is to grant this right to women covered by the SSL so they can also take advantage of this compensation right.

Social Security Law:
Article (47)

Pending follow-up at the Ministry of Labor

NCLW called upon the Ministry of Labor to issue a decree effectively entering into force the Maternity compensation benefits stipulated by the SSL (NCLW sent a letter to the Minister of Labor dated 11 August 2011 regarding this matter).

Maternity compensation benefits

Social Security Law

Pending follow-up at the Lebanese Parliament.

NCLW prepared the bill relating to this objective. The bill was submitted to the Lebanese Parliament by Deputies Gilbert Zwein and Michel Moussa on

26/7/2011.

 

The objective is to extend maternity leave to a period of ten weeks.

Labor Law: Amendment of Articles (28-29)

Pending follow-up at the Ministry of Labor

NCLW called upon the Ministry of Labor to add both categories of workers (agricultural and domestic workers) to the Labor Law (NCLW sent an official request letter to the Minister of Labor dated 11 August 2011 regarding this matter.)

The objective is to amend Article (7) that exempts female and male agricultural workers from the benefits of Labor Laws. These categories of workers are not included in the Labor Law. Hence, they do not benefit from its provisions.  This needs to be rectified. Additionally, domestic workers ought to benefit from the Labor Law provisions and hence, this category of workers should not be exempted from the Labor Law, thus calling for the need to amend the same Article (7) to include domestic workers as per the CEDAW recommendations.

Labor Law: Article (7) Exemptions from labor law benefits

 

Pending follow-up at the Ministry of Labor

NCLW called upon the Ministry of Labor to introduce an article that penalizes sexual harassment (NCLW sent a letter dated 11 August 2011 to the Minister of Labor regarding this matter.)

The objective is to draft an article that penalizes sexual harassment in the work place.

Labor Law: Introducing an Article penalizing sexual harassment

Pending follow-up at the Lebanese Parliament.

Draft Law submitted to Parliament.

The elimination of discrimination against the wife in the event of bankruptcy.

The current restrictions that are imposed on the wife in the event of her husband’s bankruptcy ought to be lifted, as they prevent her from reclaiming her rights. This is in light of the fact that such restrictions are not imposed on the husband in the event of the wife’s bankruptcy.

Commercial Law and Bankruptcy:
Articles (625 to 628)

Specific rules concerning civil servants and employees in public institutions

Pending follow-up at the Council of Ministers

 NCLW requested the President of the Council of Ministers to amend Article (15). NCLW sent an official request letter to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers on 2 August 2011 regarding this matter.

The objective is to extend the duration of maternity leave for female employees in public institutions to a period of ten weeks. Currently, these are entitled to 40 days of maternity leave; while civil servants are entitled to 60 days.

General Code for employees in public institutions:  Decree Law No. 94/5883. Amendment of Article (15) 

Pending follow-up at the Council of Ministers

NCLW started a correspondence process with the President of the Council of Ministers regarding this matter by sending a letter dated  August 2, 2011. The Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform responded on 16 August 2011 and confirmed that the essence of the amendments was approved of. Similarly, the Minister of Justice and the Civil Service Board, both confirmed approval. In turn, NCLW responded to the above correspondence and included comments on the opinions presented, after which the complete documentation was sent to the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

The objective is to achieve equality between husband and wife who are both civil servants in terms of the entitlement to family compensation and assistance benefits. The conditions governing civil servants’ access to such benefits are not the same for the husband and his wife.

Currently, a male civil servant benefits from family allowance (and takes priority over his wife in the access to such benefits despite her being also a civil servant and possibly being in a higher rank to his). The conditions governing the husband’s entitlement are clear. In contrast, the conditions governing the wife’s entitlement to this same family allowance are more stringent. Hence, women civil servants and men civil servants are not placed on an equal footing when it comes to family allowance entitlement and do not benefit from the equal opportunity policy. Clearly, men enjoy a preferential right to receive such compensation. This imbalance needs to be corrected in that entitlement to this family allowance shall be decided based on the rank of the civil servant, whether they be the husband or his wife.

Decree Law No. 3950 relating to the family compensation and assistance benefits extended to civil servants: Amendment of Articles (3-5-6-7)

Pending follow-up at the Lebanese Parliament.

NCLW prepared the bill relating to this objective. The bill was submitted to the Lebanese Parliament by Deputies Gilbert Zwein and Michel Moussa on 26/7/2011.

The objective is to extend maternity leave to a period of ten weeks.

Civil servants Law: Amendment of Article (38)

 
THE BOARD
Asmahan Zein
/ President
Rana Chemaitelly
/ Vice-President
Karyl Akilian Momjian
/ Treasurer
Eva Aouad Turk
/ Secretary
Dania George
/ Accountant
Aline Kamakian
/ Member at large
Nada Tarraf
/ Member at large
WHO THEY ARE
Asmahan Zein
Chairman

Infofort

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Eva Aouad Turk
Founding partner

 Sport Evasion

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Rana Chemaitelly
Founder

 the Little Engineer

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Dania George
Leader

 PwC’s Academy

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Karyl Akilian Momjian
Marketing Group

BLC Bank S.A.L.


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Nada Tarraf
Managing Director

 Darkside TV & Film production

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Aline Kamakian
Co-founder and CEO d

 Mayrig & Batchig restaurant d

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