Seminar on "justice is my right" to fight violence against women
Justice Without Frontiers organized in collaboration with the Lebanese Forces and supported by Samir Geagea, a seminar under the title:”Justice is my right”, Friday December 6, 2013 at Hotel Alexander – Ashrafieh, within the framework of seminars and awareness sessions carried out by the organization with all Lebanese political parties in their quest to raise awareness and knowledge on women's right to access to justice and human rights in the Lebanese laws and international conventions, and to develop the strategies needed.
Me. Brigitte Chelebian president of Justice Without Frontiers had a speech in which she spoke about the multiple forms of violence, including physical, emotional, sexual, economic and legal violence.She pointed out that Lebanon has not ratified until now on the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. She announced the opening campaign of 16 Days of Violence Against Women, which starts from November 25 and end on 10 December, in collaboration with Oxfam, within the framework of the campaign “Together for women's access to justice”.
On the other hand, Dr Simon Karam explained in his speech on the impact of violence against women physically and psychologically. He pointed out that "a woman out of five in the EU are exposed to violence, and that the percentage of battered women in Jordan is fifty percent," stressing that "violence causes multiple forms of mental disorders that adversely affect women and children”. He concluded explaining how to deal with such cases and methods of treatment.
Commander Bay announced the training elements of the internal security forces on how to deal with battered women and how to speak to them. He explained that they equipped 11 judicial detachments, each of which includes an office to investigate, and beds in case battered women need to disclose forensic.He announced the issuance of a memorandum of service of the Directorate General of Internal Security Forces titled assets to communicate with battered women, and train them on how to receive the elements contacted by battered women and how to communicate with them and guide them.
MP Elie Keyrouz tackled the legal aspect of violence against women, which stressed on the need for Lebanon's commitment to all international treaties and conventions. He focused on prejudice against women in the Penal Code in any crimes of honor, and the provisions of adultery, rape, marrying the victim’s aggressor, and the exception of the wife and sister in the third section of Article 549 sanctions. He announced that he provided and MP Strida Geagea's, a proposal that aims to abolish the law, Article 562 of the Penal Code or the so-called honor crimes error and it has been approved by the Chamber of Deputies and canceled by the above-mentioned article.