Protesters gather to protest Lebanon s reservations on the CEDAW law in Riad al-Solh in Beirut, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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In conjunction with Monday's legislative sessions, protestors in Beirut and Zahle demanded that Parliament endorse bills relating to women's nationality rights and electricity provisions, respectively. A group of protesters gathered outside the Parliament building demanding that MPs lift all of Lebanon's official reservations to a United Nations convention calling for gender equality, the state-run National News Agency reported. Lebanon's government has reservations on two sections of the international treaty: One requires women to have equal rights as men in passing on their citizenship, and the other calls for gender equality in matters relating to marriage and custody. MP Paula Yacoubian submitted a bill objecting to both reservations, while MP Rola Tabsh Jaroudi submitted a bill that withdraws Lebanon's reservation on women's citizenship.
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