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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This platform is part of the Axis 1 “Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women for the future in the Mediterranean” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women’s Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.