Lebanese anti-rape campaign wins U.N. award

An activist from the Lebanese NGO Abaad stands in a cage dressed as a bride while during a protest in front of the government building in Downtown Beirut, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

A campaign launched by Lebanese NGO Abaad to raise awareness of a controversial marital rape law has won first prize in a United Nations competition.

The campaign, titled “A White Dress Doesn’t Cover Rape,” took the top trophy out of 288 entries in the Campaigner category at the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Awards, held Thursday in the German town of Bonn.

In December 2016, activists from the NGO Abaad donned white dresses and applied makeup to look like bruises, and stood outside Parliament to call on lawmakers to abolish an article of the penal code that protected rapists who marry their victims.