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A view of the ballot box for the presidential election which is placed on a table at the parliament in Lebanon, Beirut, on September 28, 2022. [Houssam Shbaro - Anadolu Agency]
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Female candidates for the Lebanese presidential elections: indications and their chances of winning
Lebanese women are still excluded from the main decision-making positions in Lebanon, such as the presidency of the Republic, premiership and parliament speaker, despite their prominent presence in the human rights and diplomatic fields, and in...
UNDP Lebanon
Tuesday, October 04, 2022
Lebanon: 2022 Parliamentary Elections Monitoring Report – From a Gender Perspective
In in the context of promoting democracy, equality and equal opportunities, UNDP partnered with the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE) to develop a report on observing parliamentary elections from a gender perspective in order to...
A woman takes a photograph of another standing in front of a wall of cement blocks, set up by Lebanese security forces to bar a street leading to the parliament building, Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 24, 2020. - Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Lebanon elects record number of women to parliament
Lebanon has one of the highest overall gender gaps in the world, ranking 145 out of 153 countries. The Beirut port explosion made Najat Saliba go into politics as a “counterreaction.” I felt like I had to step out of my ivory tower in academia and...
المصدر: "النهار"
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Here is the full list of all women who won in Lebanon’s elections in 2022
The Minister of Interior, Bassam Al-Mawlawi, officially announced the results of the parliamentary elections in which 1,043 candidates competed for seats of power. Women’s participation was remarkable this time, with an initial number of 155, making...
Garbage, blasted glass, and the women cleaning up political filth in Lebanon - CNN
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Garbage, blasted glass, and the women cleaning up political filth in Lebanon
(CNN) In 2015, I spent the summer protesting and getting tear-gassed. I wasn't protesting for anything grand. I was one of hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets to demand an end to the garbage crisis. We are obsessed with cleaning...
Des manifestantes de la société civile devant le ministère de l'intérieur à Beyrouth, en mai 2018. Photo d'archives AFP/Anwar Amwro
Tuesday, April 05, 2022
Beyond barriers: Who and where are the women running in Lebanon's May elections, and what are their prospects?
BEIRUT  — When the March 15 filing deadline for candidates to register in May's parliamentary elections had passed, 157 women* had signed up to run making up some 15 percent of the 1,043 total candidates, compared to 11 percent in the 2018 polls....
Paula Yacoubian is running for office in 2022. Hussein Malla / AP Photo
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Meet the women fighting to change the face of Lebanese politics
Female politicians still face numerous obstacles despite momentum for change. On a sunny afternoon near a busy motorway in Beirut, former Lebanese MP Paula Yacoubian sits in the headquarters of her charitable organisation. Launched nearly a decade...
La force aux femmes, dit ce slogan porté par les féministes, lors des manifestations populaires de 2019. (OLJ)
Friday, March 18, 2022
Lebanese women in Parliament: So many barriers and very little progress
The general political context in 2022 is definitely different from that of 2018. But will the new Lebanese Parliament consist of more than six women following the May 15 elections? While the deadline for the Lebanese interested in applying for...
Liberal facade hides Lebanon’s patriarchy - Eurasia Review
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Liberal facade hides Lebanon’s patriarchy
Despite its apparent liberalism, Lebanon scores low in gender equality, especially in politics. According to the Gender Gap index, Lebanon ranks third last in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with only Syria and Yemen, both plagued by...
lebanon UNDP
Monday, November 08, 2021
The life of women and men in Lebanon: a statistical portrait
The compilation, analysis and dissemination of gender statistics are critical to capture the specific realities in the life of women and men. They are powerful tool to highlight aspects of gender inequality, and to provide an evidence base for...
UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank launch two reports with a focus on economic and political opportunities for all women in Lebanon. Copyright UN Women
Monday, November 08, 2021
UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank launch two reports with a focus on economic and political opportunities for all women in Lebanon
Beirut, (UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank) - Lebanon is facing a convergence of political, economic and social crises, all exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These crises are causing extraordinary human suffering across Lebanon and...
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Female candidates face institutional challenges, tend to be nonsectarian, new U.N. report says
With Lebanon’s next parliamentary elections slated for 2022, coalitions should begin pushing to ensure women are equally represented in politics, activists and local advocacy groups said following the release of a U.N. Women report Tuesday entitled...
Monday, March 02, 2020
What’s needed for real changes for women in Lebanese politics?
Women were at the forefront of Lebanon’s 2019 ‘October Revolution’. Beyond the iconic images of their participation, it seems that by women linking equity in politics to the broader issues of mismanagement of corruption paid off – although activists...
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Pursuing equality in rights and representation – Women’s experiences running for parliament in Lebanon’s 2018 elections
In late 2018 and early 2019 UN Women interviewed 87 per cent of the women who ran for Parliamentary election (75 of the 86 women; of the 113 women who registered to run, 86 made it on to candidate lists). This report summarizes their stories and...
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Meet the 6 new ministers who got everyone in Lebanon talking
Amidst all the gloomy news and dispiriting just-ins invading our feeds every day, it's quite nice to come across some uplifting stories, every now and then, that remind us that there are still things, however small, to rejoice over in Lebanon. One...
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Lebanon presents new government with multiple female ministers
Lebanon unveiled a new government on January 22, 85 days after the resignation of prime minister Saad al-Hariri. Headed by Hassan Diab, it includes six female ministers, among them the defense minister, who has also been appointed deputy prime...
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Tackling violence against women in politics in Lebanon
Violence against women in politics is a serious violation of human rights and an obstacle to gender equality. Watch this video by UN Women Lebanon. Supported by the Government of Japan.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Arab world's first female interior minister hails 'point of pride for women
The Arab world’s first female interior minister has hailed her appointment as a “point of pride for all women”. Raya al-Hassan is one of four women to take cabinet jobs in the new Lebanese government, a record for the country and three more than in...

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