The weight of Lebanon’s many crises is falling hardest on women

Thousands of families in Lebanon can no longer afford to buy food. Between a collapsing economy, damage to the capital following the port explosion last August, and soaring Covid-19 cases, Lebanon teeters on the brink. While the social and economic climate has reduced the quality of life for everyone in the country, women and girls have been disproportionately affected in ways both obvious and invisible.

In the public sphere, things are not much better. Women make up half the population, and yet are not represented in governmental crisis response strategies. This was evident in Lebanon’s Covid-19 response plan, developed by the government of caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab, with little or no consideration for the most vulnerable.

One example is the disruption of Lebanon’s exploitative Kafala system, which relies heavily on transactions in US dollars between employers and migrant workers or their families.

English | April 21, 2021

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