Lebanese Parliament Just Voted To Criminalize Sexual Harassment

Lebanese Parliament Just Voted To Criminalize Sexual Harassment
Nawa Media

The Lebanese Parliament passed a law criminalizing sexual harassment, especially in the workplace, during a legislative session on Monday.

Up to this point, there was no national legislation that directly criminalized sexual harassment in .

Draft laws had been proposed several times for its criminalization, but to no avail, despite cases of sexual harassment being rampant in the country.

A protest against sexual harassment in Lebanon.
A protest against sexual harassment in .
Photo: Abaad

It is estimated that 1 in every 4 women in is subjected to one or more forms of unwanted sexual advances during her lifetime, including verbal and physical harassment and stalking or pursuit.

Last week, a video raising awareness about sexual harassment in received wide engagement and generated more than 3 million views on social media within 48 hours after its release.

The enforcement of the new legislation should provide much-needed legal protection to victims of this dangerous phenomenon in the country, be it in the workplace or any other social setting.

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