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Lebanon has a long and tough path ahead to ensure gender equality, or even basic legal protection for women, according to a comprehensive study on the situation in the country released Wednesday.The report, conducted by international non-governmental organization World Vision and local women's rights NGO Abaad, comes just one day after Lebanon's Parliament passed an amended law to protect women from domestic violence that was heavily criticized by rights groups and activists.The study focused on five major subjects that have long been of paramount importance to women's rights advocates: general equality, violence against women, passing on nationality to children, care for the elderly and respect for women's choices.The report said violence was often used to punish women for "neglect" of household chores.
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