(11 Mar 2018) LEADIN:
Hundreds of women and men have taken to the streets of the Lebanese capital in support of women's rights.
Those protesting demanded greater freedoms and political involvement for women.
On the nearest weekend to International Women's Day, these people are calling for more rights for women in Lebanon.
They are calling for changes for women such as greater political, social and sexual freedoms.
They are also calling for the protection of women against discrimination.
Women have been marginalised both politically and socially in Lebanon. The proportion of women occupying parliamentary seats, for example, is low.
Neaamat Badreddine is taking part in the protest. She is a candidate for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Lebanon.
Badreddine says there is still a long way to go for Lebanese women.
"The Lebanese woman should prove herself through the elections and through her power in expressing her points of view. She should use all its capacity and efficiency to prove her existence," she says.
One of the protesters Claude Aziz says it's vital that more women get into politics.
"Women should be in decision-making positions, so they would be able to help all the women," she says.
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