Gender, Citizenship and Political Agency in Lebanon

TitleGender, Citizenship and Political Agency in Lebanon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsKhatib, Lina
JournalBritish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Date Published12/2008

This paper examines the condition of women as political agents in Lebanon in the context of legislation and political participation. It focuses on the effect of the Civil War on women's conditions of living in Lebanon, and their lives in the post-war period. War had negative effects on women, reinforcing their patriarchal subjugation, furthering their economic deprivation, and diverting attention from issues like women's rights, which have only added to women's political and social marginalization. The war also had a positive effect on women as it opened up new avenues for them to participate in public life. This paper analyzes gender relations in Lebanon through the frameworks of social change and the rise of civil society, but also emphasizes the challenges facing women in post-war Lebanon, where they are still governed by patriarchal values that hinder their political participation and their identification as full citizens.

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