A picture taken on January 27, 2018, shows figures representing women, killed by male relatives in Lebanon, including eight killed in the past 60 days, during a rally organized by activists from KAFA. AFP / ANWAR AMRO
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According to figures collected by the gender-based violence NGO KAFA and Lebanon's Support Civil Society Knowledge Center, last year saw the highest rate of femicide – the killing of a woman because of her gender – in Lebanon since the project started in 2010, with 17 victims of male violence.According to Saghieh, the work of Lebanese civil society over the past years has helped families come forward as well as sway the judicial system towards adopting a harsher stand on violence against women."[What] we are witnessing now is history, it marks a change in the Lebanese society – but we cannot expect ... no more violence being committed in Lebanon". So-called "honor crimes" – where a man kills or injures his wife or female relative, who is held by the perpetrator to have brought "shame" on the family – have long occurred in the Lebanese society. In November 2017, however, Lebanon's Court of Cassation issued a decision that experts say marks a significant step in combating honor killings and curbing gender violence.
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