Conference on discrimination and sexual harassment at AUB in Beirut, Friday, March 31, 2017. (The Daily Star/AUB, HO)
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Although a draft law criminalizing sexual harassment received "wide support" from Parliament, the opening day of the Knowledge Is Power project's two-day conference on the issue Friday showed that significant steps are still needed to attain gender equality in Lebanon. During the first session on policy and sexual harassment, MP Ghassan Moukheiber detailed the draft law he submitted that would further women's rights in Lebanon. Currently, Lebanon's penal code neither defines sexual harassment nor criminalizes such offenses.The data from HarassTracker indicates that from catcalling to public masturbation or more violent offenses, sexual harassment is common in Lebanon.Discussion at the conference expanded beyond the scope of sexual harassment to discuss the overall situation for women in Lebanon.
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