Lebanese Women’s Rights Beyond the Cedar Revolution

  • Rita Stephan


Whereas the Arab Spring usually refers to the revolts that started in Tunisia in 2011, it is possible to argue that Lebanon is a pioneer of Arab revolutions by virtue of its Cedar Revolution, which began in 2005 as a popular protest movement against the military and political presence of Syria. Women performed an important role in the revolution, and it in turn has played a key part in the evolution of gender standards in Lebanon since. This chapter discusses the revolution from a gendered standpoint, and it highlights the merger of gender advocacy and political/ democratic advocacy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rita Stephan
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  1. 1.The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora StudiesNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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