October 11 marks the International Day of the Girl and this year, , the focus is on empowering girls in emergencies; before, during and after crises. Lebanon hosts 1 million registered Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world per capita. Iraqi refugee Imad, with his children Christiano, Christina and Sandra in the living room of the family's apartment in Btourram, North of Lebanon. That is why I insist on them getting an education so they can raise their children the same way they were raised. The sisters Sandra, 8, right, and Christina, 9, centre, are originally from Iraq but have been living in Lebanon since , after two years of displacement within Iraq, after the fall of their hometown Mosul in
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Visit our new interactive Atlas! Child marriage is driven by gender inequality and the belief that girls are somehow inferior to boys. In Lebanon, child marriage is also driven by:. Lebanon has committed to eliminate child, early and forced marriage by in line with target 5. Lebanon co-sponsored the and UN General Assembly resolutions on child, early and forced marriage , and co-sponsored the Human Rights Council resolution on child, early and forced marriage. Lebanon ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in , which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW in , which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage. During its Universal Periodic Review , Lebanon agreed to examine recommendations to adopt laws to increase the age of criminal responsibility and to eliminate child and forced marriage.
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Lebanese women enjoy almost equal civil rights as men. Muslim women can legally marry Christian or Jewish men. For example, a Lebanese Catholic man can marry a Muslim lady on the condition of getting their children baptized. Otherwise, the couple may opt for civil marriage performed abroad, which can be registered at any Lebanese Embassy, thus giving it official recognition.
UNFPA , the agency specializing in reproductive and maternal health worldwide, is working with 12 partners on the ground to distribute dignity kits, which contain sanitary pads, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and towels. These items are helping women and girls maintain their personal hygiene even amid the destruction and displacement. The blast and its aftermath comes on top of the COVID pandemic and an economic crisis, years in the making. Job losses have curtailed family spending, even as disease prevention is becoming more urgent than ever. UNFPA partners have been canvassing blast-impacted areas as they distribute the dignity kits, speaking with women and girls about their circumstances.