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Friday, February 01, 2019
Lebanon appoints first female Arab interior minister
Lebanese politician Raya Hassan made history on Thursday when she became the first woman interior minister in the Arab world. Mrs Hassan, 51, becomes the most senior of four women in the 30-strong government formed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri...
Monday, June 04, 2018
Lebanese women determined to continue fight for more political representation
BEIRUT — Earlier this month, Lebanon voted in parliamentary elections to fill seats based on a new system of proportional representation. After the ballots were counted, women occupied six of the 128 seats. This small number looks even smaller when...
Monday, May 14, 2018
Lebanon elects six women to Parliament
Lebanon’s new Parliament will include six female lawmakers across the country, up from just four in the 2009-era Parliament, with several fresh faces. The landmark May 6 elections saw a record 86 women stand for Parliament, with every conventional...
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Lebanese Ministry for Womens’ Affairs and UN Women organizing “Meet the Media” event
Within efforts to mobilize the media to promote gender equality in the political process and in order to encourage women participation in parliamentary elections, UN Women and Ministry of State for Womens’ Affairs are hosting a media meeting on 16th...
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Lebanon Campaigns for More Women in Parliament
BEIRUT — In a country where women occupy only three percent of the parliament seats, Lebanon's first women's affairs minister — a man — is supporting a campaign to attract more women politicians. The government's decision to appoint him as women's...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Lebanon pushes for more women in politics
Lebanon is campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to Parliament this spring in its first vote in nearly 10 years, the country’s first women’s affairs minister says. It is a daunting task for a Middle Eastern country that may...
Friday, August 10, 2012
Lebanon: Reform group: Electoral law keeps women marginalized
A civil society group criticized the Cabinet’s approval of a new electoral law Wednesday, calling the draft legislation a “show” and warning of protests if the proposal moves forward in its current form. The Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform held...
Friday, August 03, 2012
Lebanon: Women’s Quota among Controversial Electoral Law Issues
  Photo credit: naharnet The women’s quota for the parliamentary elections was among several issues that cabinet ministers didn’t agree on during a session held at Baabda Palace on Tuesday, media reports said. The government approved around 55...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lebanon: Women, Media and Politics in Lebanon
Lebanese women have made great strides in the private sector and are highly visible in the mainstream media as presenters and journalists. But in a country in which women make up about 53 percent of the population – more than 2 million women – their...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lebanon: Be Beautiful and Vote
As Lebanon's election approaches, the country's roadsides and rooftops are awash with colour-coded billboards vying to attract voters with puns, catchphrases and even what some say are sexist ads.The campaign poster that has sparked the most...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lebanon: Where are Our Women MPs?
Out of the 587 candidates running in the Lebanese parliamentary elections this year, only 12 are women. If half of the female candidates make it, which, judging by previous election results and current alliances, is highly unexpected, female...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lebanon: Family History Counts for Women in Race to Parliament
In Lebanon’s June 7 parliamentary poll, women represent only two percent of the candidates, many of them with family names that have been appearing on ballots for generations. To read the full article, please visit IPS News.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lebanon: Women Battle for Citizenship Rights
One can be born in Lebanon and live here all one's life, and still not be a Lebanese citizen. Lebanon is one of few remaining countries in the Middle East where a mother is unable to pass citizenship to her children. To read the full...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lebanon: Hasan urges bigger female role in public life
Caretaker Finance Minister Raya al-Hasan expressed her hope for national legislation on a quota for women’s representation in Parliament, the National News Agency reported Thursday. Hasan made her remarks at the opening session of the “Women...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lebanon: Women's rights groups welcome legislative amendments
Women’s rights groups have this week celebrated the approval of several legal amendments by the parliamentary committee on justice and the parliamentary budget committee that would bring the country closer to legal gender equality if passed...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lebanon: Women’s spring: Is Lebanon ready for a feminist political party?
BEIRUT: For all its virtues, Lebanese society continues to be heavily influenced by patriarchal culture, making it a daunting challenge for women to achieve political influence and power. Yet change may be in the offing. “We need to dare to think...