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Lebanese women's rights organizations stepped up campaigns on gender equality this month to mark the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. To mark the global initiative – that runs between the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25 and Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 – NGOs and service providers are raising awareness about the most pressing issues surrounding gender-based violence in Lebanon.A 2015 report published by Human Rights Watch found Lebanon's religious-based personal status laws often legitimize human rights violations in Lebanon. Across all religions, women who wish to terminate abusive marriages, retain custody of their children or secure financial rights were found face greater barriers than men.The organization – which promotes sustainable social and economic development – is launching a new social media campaign under the hashtag #undress522 and vows to continue advocating until the law is abolished.In recent years, the Lebanese legal system has taken a step forward in ensuring better protection of women by endorsing Law 293 on the protection of women and family members against family violence in 2014 .
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