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Arabic version of the 'Women Facing War' study introduced in Lebanon

15-06-2003 News Release

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and the First Lady of Lebanon Mrs. Andrée Emile Lahoud introduced today in Lebanon the Arabic version of the 'Women Facing War' study prepared by the ICRC.

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On this occasion, Her Majesty Queen Rania handed over awards to five students from the Lebanese American University (LAU) for their outstanding artistic work around the same theme. The Arabic version of the study was officially launched by Her Majesty in Jordan in November 2002.

The Women Facing War study is based on extensive research about the impact of armed conflict on women, both civilians and combatants. It explores the problems faced by women in wartime and focuses on issues such as personal safety, displacement, access to health care and detention. The starting point being the needs and rights of women, the research also aims at understanding the protection afforded to them under international humanitarian law, and tackles sensitive angles, like the problem of missing relatives, from a purely humanitarian perspective.

Photos to illustrate the suffering of women in wars, and posters realised by LAU students are displayed from June 16 to 22 at the Bazerkane Square, downtown Beirut, in collaboration with the Lebanese Red Cross. Video films on the issue are also shown throughout the duration of the exhibition. 

Assisting and protecting women affected by armed conflict has always been a priority for the ICRC and continuous efforts are made to ensure that international humanitarian law, human rights and refugee law be implemented. This study serves as a tool to promote the need to protect women who do not take or no longer take part in armed conf lict.