The overthrow of Lebanon’s political elite must be accompanied by adopting a civil personal status law. If not, the solution only deals with the symptoms and not the root cause, which will expose us to the danger that the same rotten system may one day be reborn.
The Polygamy Association in Azaz is further proof of the dangers for Syrian women and illustrates the absurdity the country is facing when it comes to social and political change. As if development and a decent life start with women bargaining over being a second, third or fourth wife.
Statistics of the Egyptian Ministry of Justice indicate that 35% of women who were deprived of their inheritance were subjected to physical abuse, 15% to extortion, while the remaining 50% were forced to give up their rights due to blackmail or fear for family disputes.
In case of adultery, Iraqi judges will be satisfied with a phone message or voice call as evidence of a wife’s betrayal. Yet, when the husband is concerned, they require the wife to produce four witnesses …
“I would wait for hours behind the school’s fence until I got to see them when they got their one-hour recess in the playground”. Badiya points as she drives her car near the school’s playground located on the outskirts of Nabatiyeh, South of Lebanon.
The laws in Turkey, alongside the Syrian refugee women’s ignorance of what their rights are, has caused them to face many problems. This report highlights the stories of the women caught between the Syrian and Turkish laws.