No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens. – Michelle Obama

A child enjoying his time on the IPad, while the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra was playing during a concert in Beirut. (Nabil Ismail)

A child enjoying his time on the IPad, while the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra was playing during a concert in Beirut. (Nabil Ismail)

Rice is thrown as people welcome newly appointed Army Commander Joseph Aoun upon at his family's house in Sin El Fil. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Rice is thrown as people welcome newly appointed Army Commander Joseph Aoun upon at his family’s house in Sin El Fil. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

A man reviews pictures on his camera of the Rawcheh Rock, during sunset in Beirut. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

A man reviews pictures on his camera of the Rawcheh Rock, during sunset in Beirut. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

A woman spins hula hoops near a dog at Beirut's Corniche, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

A woman spins hula hoops near a dog at Beirut’s Corniche, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Friends and relatives carry the coffin of the renowned photographer and caricaturist Stavro Jabra who passed away this week. ( Mohamad Azakir)

Friends and relatives carry the coffin of the renowned photographer and caricaturist Stavro Jabra who passed away this week. ( Mohamad Azakir)

Spain's King Felipe VI, awarded director of the National Conservatory Walid al-Musallim, the Order of Merit of Komndor rank, in Beirut. (Nabil Ismail)

Spain’s King Felipe VI, awarded director of the National Conservatory Walid al-Musallim, the Order of Merit of Komndor rank, in Beirut. (Nabil Ismail)

Lebanese women during a march for women’s right from Achrafieh across the streets of Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

Lebanese women during a march for women’s right from Achrafieh across the streets of Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

Lebanese call for granting women their rights during a march in Beirut. (Patrick Abi Salloum / Facebook)

Lebanese call for granting women their rights during a march in Beirut. (Patrick Abi Salloum / Facebook)

A protester depicting a bride in a cage, during a protest, as MP vote against article 522 that shields rapists from prosecution. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

A protester depicting a bride in a cage, during a protest, as MP vote against article 522 that shields rapists from prosecution. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

Teachers stage a demonstration demanding a wage increase at Riad Al Solh Square in Beirut, Lebanon. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency )

Teachers stage a demonstration demanding a wage increase at Riad Al Solh Square in Beirut, Lebanon. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency )

A teacher holds a placard during a demonstration demanding a wage increase at Riad Al Solh Square. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

A teacher holds a placard during a demonstration demanding a wage increase at Riad Al Solh Square. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

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