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Lebanon development a mixed bag: reportJust under 10 percent of Lebanese women believe a man is justified in beating his wife, according to a U.N.-sponsored report released Thursday, which painted a mixed picture for Lebanon's progress in key development factors. "By addressing vulnerabilities, all people may share in development progress, and human development will become increasingly equitable and sustainable," UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said in a statement.Aside from the news that 9.7 percent of Lebanese women aged 18-49 believe that a man should be able to physically discipline his wife, the report also showed that Lebanon's citizens now enjoy an average life expectancy of 80 years, a figure that has improved by 12 years since 1980 . At 30 percent, income inequality in Lebanon is the highest observed in the Middle East.Lebanon does not grant women the right to pass on citizenship, only 20.8 percent of women in Lebanon participate in the workforce.
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