Gender Equity and Women Empowerment


Lebanon is ranked 135 out of 144 countries, according to the Global Gender Gap Index 2016, for the level of female participation in political life. Although Lebanese women enjoy more liberties than their counterparts in other Arab countries, they are still lagging behind in terms of rights and gender equality when compared to men. This inequality is reflected in the fact that women make up more than 50% of the Lebanese population, but only 3 women sit at the Lebanese parliament.

Empowering women by promoting gender equality has been identified as a driver for sustainable economic and social development. Moreover, promoting equality and women’s rights across the world is one of the policy priorities of the EU’s external action. The EU supports this cause by funding two projects under the SJP (Social Justice Programme): Direct Action for Women: Reform, Inclusion and Confidence, and Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women in Lebanon.
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