Women and children gather in Riad al-Solh square in Downtown Beirut to protest a law that forbids Lebanese women from passing their citizenship onto their children, Friday, March 16, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Hundreds of women and children gathered in Riad al-Solh Square in Downtown Beirut Friday to protest a law that forbids Lebanese women to pass their citizenship onto their children.This year, with the May 6 parliamentary elections approaching, the campaign adopted the slogan, "My vote = my right," insisting that only candidates that support women's rights will get their vote. Politicians listed as "with my rights" included Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Speaker Nabih Berri, MP Sami Gemayel, MP Imad Hout, MP Bahia Hariri and Minister of State for Administrative Development Inaya Ezzeddine.Hout, a Future Movement candidate in the Beirut II electoral district Rola Tabch, and candidate Joumana Haddad, running for the minority Christian seat in Beirut I, responded to the call.Lack of citizenship makes it difficult to provide education for children as they are not considered nationals by law.
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