The Lebanese Annahar newspaper decided to pay tribute to these Lebanese women who are the change-makers and the partners in the fight and protests, through an initiative that acted as a call to establish the concept of equality in the essence and roots of awareness.
كلنا للوطن للعلى للعلم ملء عين الزمن سيفنا والقلم سهلنا والجبل منبت للنساء والرجال قولنا.والعمل في سبيل الكمال كلنا للوطن للعلى للعلم كلنا للوطن#Naharoukipic.twitter.com/aj9ZZnGgwd
On Thursday, October 31st, Annahar, which means The Day, issued a unique edition created exclusively for the Lebanese women. In this edition, Annahar rebranded its name to become Naharouki, which translates into Your Day when said to a woman or a girl. Photos of the Lebanese women in the revolution filled the newspaper’s name.
What stood out the most in this edition is that the newspaper took a bold move and changing the lyrics of the Lebanese national anthem by adding the word “women” to the sentence that referred only to men:
All for the country, for the glory, for the flag
From the beginning of centuries, our pencil and sword
Our field and mountains are making the women and men
Our word and work on the way of perfection
All for the country, for the glory for the flag
This beautiful tribute was welcomed by almost everyone, women and men who in their turn rushed to get a copy of this edition and shared photos on their own social media accounts, using hashtags that were created by Annahar #نهاركلامرأة #naharouki.
In that, we totally concur with Annahar that our national anthem finally recognizes them and their values to this nation equally to men. It is not unseen that countries have done so with their national anthem in recent years. Canada is among these conscious countries. It is time we do so as well.