Women gather before Parliament to protest Lebanon's personal status law system, Beirut, March 23, 2019. (The Daily Star/Ghada Alsharif)
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Some 20 women gathered in Beirut's Nijmeh Square Saturday to demonstrate against Lebanon's multifarious personal status laws, with about half of them sharing testimonials of suffering that they attribute to the lack of a single civil code in Lebanon to govern such issues.In Lebanon, no civil code currently exists to regulate so-called personal status issues like marriage and divorce, property rights and child care. Rather, such matters are governed by 15 religious laws, which are overseen by associated courts based on a person's religious affiliation.One protester, for instance, said the Sunni court had not yet granted her divorce after two years.
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