Success Stories

Equity between women and men on its way

Strengthening the gender focal points (GFP) in ministries

In the past two decades Lebanon has made slow but steady progress toward strengthening the participation of women in all spheres of life. This commitment was shown in the development of a National Strategy for Women in Lebanon (2011-2021) which aims to support and advance women’s rights and gender mainstreaming in the country. However, Lebanese society is still heavily dominated by a patriarchal culture that lacks understanding on gender issues, and there are commitments at the international level yet to be realised. This is reflected in the limited representation of women in Parliament (only four seats out of 128) and in the Council of Ministries (only one) ... Read More >

More power to women, more women in power

While Lebanon’s women have had the right to vote since the 1950s, the number of women in politics has been historically low in the country. The government reiterated its commitment to improving this – and women’s position in society in general – in 2008, but although there have been a number of constitutional changes, women still face considerable obstacles when it comes to the participating in politics. Currently, only 3.1% of parliamentary seats are occupied by women and the political sphere remains a traditionally male-dominated area ... Read More >