1943 Activism

Women’s street-level mobilisation for independence and political rights

Women marched alongside men, demanding the release of Sheikh Bshara el-Khoury, Lebanon’s newly elected president post-independence; Prime Minister Riyad al-Solh; as well as other members of the Cabinet, from prison 1. Protesters also demanded that the Declaration of Independence be issued. The presidents of the Women’s Union, Eveline Boustros (elected in 1943) and Ibtihaj Qaddoura (elected in 1945), led a number of demonstrations affirming that “a woman is no longer solely for the home, because the whole world can no longer do without her services.” 2