Quite a few gender inequalities exist, whether they be social or legal. One of them involves the restrictions on Lebanese mothers passing the nationality down to their children if the father isn't Lebanese.
An initiative to change this has existed for some time - the Daily Star had an article on this in November. The reason I'm just mentioning this specific issue instead of dealing with more general civil rights is that IRIN, part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, has a recent report on this as well. The CRTD actually released a report (Lebanon is dealt with on p.11) in 2004. It is interesting to note the following:
While Lebanon acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 1997, it placed a reservation on the article that stipulates that "states parties shall grant women equal rights with respect to the nationality of their children".
The reservation exempts the government from having to implement the Article.
This is only one example of the inequalities that exist - whether they be gender, or racial. There are NGO's working for such civil rights, but how successful they are depends on how much society is involved. Life may eventually become more equal for us all, but how fast that dream is realized depends on how willing we are to push for reform. After all,
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
- Khalil Gibran