WED 17 - 1 - 2018
 
Date: Jul 27, 2011
Source: The Daily Star
Committee studies draft laws to help Lebanese women in workplace

By Dana Khraiche
The Daily StarBEIRUT: Parliamentary committees received Tuesday three proposed draft laws on improving the condition of women in the workplace.


The first draft law calls for the amendment of article 28 and 29 of the labor law to increase maternity leave from seven weeks to 10 weeks. The second bill seeks to boost the health benefits of women in public administrative jobs. The third seeks to amend the law governing social security so that women can cover their children under social security.


Contrary to other draft laws that focus on women and have caused controversy, such as the proposed law to protect women from domestic violence, the chances of the present bills being voted in are very good.
“There is no disagreement regarding these proposed laws as they are simply natural rights for women that had been delayed,” head of the human rights parliamentary committee MP Michel Moussa told The Daily Star.


Moussa, along with the head of the woman and child parliamentary committee Gilberte Zouein presented the draft laws to the committees in the hope of gaining a majority of votes for the laws to pass in Parliament.
The draft law related to domestic violence was met with mixed reactions, especially from Muslim religious leaders who see the law, if implemented, as a blow to family values.
However, lawmakers such as Moussa are hoping the law will pass, but with minor changes in order to eliminate any clause that might “harm” religion.


Moussa also said that Lebanon was bound by international treaties to implement laws that better the status of women in the workplace and society.
“[These issues] follow the Lebanese constitution, which in its introduction talks about equality between men and women, equality between everyone in the country. It also follows the treaty that Lebanon signed in order to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and this it is part of international human rights,” Moussa said after meeting with Zwein.

 



 
Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment

Enter the security code below*

 Can't read this? Try Another.
 
Related News
Lebanese Cabinet sets $33M for polls
Lebanon Election time: When the dead walk again
Lebanon: STL mandate extended a further three years
Lebanon: Bassil submits draft law to extend expat voter registration
Lebanon: Census puts Palestinian refugees at third of estimates
Related Articles
The death and rebirth of Downtown Beirut
The positive agenda of Rome MED 2017
Lebanon the message: Beacon of coexistence
A thousand days left to Lebanon’s centennial
Administrative gap that makes refugee children ‘illegal’
Editor In Chief & Webmaster : Nazih Darwish
Copyright 2018 . All rights reserved