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Women in Front is leading an advocacy campaign to promote Lebanese women’s access to parliament

02.02.2017 / Created by (EMWF)
Women in Front is leading an advocacy campaign to promote Lebanese women’s access to parliament

According to the Lebanese Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, women’s representation in political bodies in Lebanon is one of the lowest in the world. Although the Lebanese government has endorsed the 30% women’s quota following Beijing conference, the quota system has never been implemented.

Women in Front (WIF), in collaboration with many Lebanese NGOs, developed a study that offers different scenarios of women’s quota to be implemented in the new electoral law that is being discussed by the Parliament for the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2017. Many efforts have been done in terms of lobbying with parliament members and stakeholders; however, the lack of people’s awareness, especially women, about the quota system has been identified as one of biggest obstacles to implement this system.

To this end, WIF, in partnership with the European Women´s Lobby (Belgium), started campaigning in favor of the quota system. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to create awareness among people about the advantages of the women’s quota and its benefits as a temporary measure to increase women’s representation in politics.

The core activity of this national campaign is the production and the massive dissemination, starting from February 2017, of informative videos targeting all Lebanese regions, and all male and female voters above 21 years old, especially among the social media outlets.

The UNDP Lebanese Electoral Assistance Project - Leap office in Lebanon, and the “Women in Parliament” coalition, which consists of more than 150 NGOs, will also, support the campaign.

This campaign is framed within the CSO WINS project: “Capacity-building in the Southern Mediterranean to Open policy dialogue and monitoring for Women in Society", funded by the European Union.

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Fédération de la Ligue Démocratique pour les Droits des Femmes (FLDDF Injad Beni Mellal)
Kayan Feminist Organization
Association Irtikaa
Albanian Journalists Group (AJG)
Hajar Foundation for Community Development
Réseau Doustourna
Institute for gender equality
Kenzy Associacion for Development
Silvia Gagliardi
Jawhara Association
ISIS Center for Women and Development
Association Generation Challenge for Development and Culture
Try Center for Training and Education
RUSEMEG - Réseau Universitaire et Scientifique Euro-Méditerranéen
Africa Women's Forum (AWF)
Association Aspirations féminines
Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development  (ARDD - Legal Aid)
The Lebanese Association of Women Researchers - Bahithat
Immigrant Women in Catalonia Association (AOMICAT)
Permanent Peace Movement (PPM)
هلدا عواد
CEDAW Association for Democracy and Human Rights
Faize Foundation
Hiwar Center for youth and women's empowerment
Trajectorya noorteorganisatsioon MTÜ
Nisaa Network
Development Association of South Gafsa -  DGSC
Nahda Association for Relief and development
Associació Catalana de Dones Directives i Empresaries
FLSH Ain Chock
Femme Action - Woman Action (A.F.A - A.W.A)
Journalists Without Borders (JWB)
Association Al Nada pour la Citoyenneté et le Développement Gafsa (ANCD)

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