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17% quota for women in Social Economic Council


After 14 years of suspension, the Cabinet appointed on Thursday the 71 new bureau members of the Social Economic Council representative of various productive sectors. The prime minister Saad Hariri noted an activated role of women in the revived Council with the naming of 12 females in the Bureau, making up 17% of the Council. The appointed women are: Samira Hussein Assi representing the publishers; Marie Nicola Nassif for the tenants; Liliane Ghazi Jaber and Zahia Rizk Franjieh for the charities and social institutions; Fatmeh Iqbal Murad and Wafaa Halim Abed for women unions; Noura Gobril, Marie Louis George Baboyan, Ghina Ahmad Mawas and Greta Habib Saab for the intellectuals and specialists in the social, economic, cultural, environmental and artistic fields, and Hala Reymond Hariz representing the Lebanese expats. For the complete list of names, please visit the following link: The minister of state for women’s affairs, Jean Ogassapian hailed the high share of females achieved in the Council, stressing efforts to raise the representation in the different public institutions until realizing the anticipated women’s quota in the Legislative. Likewise, the president of the Lebanese Chambers, chief of the Chamber of Beirut and Mount Lebanon, Mohamad Choukeir, commended the appointment of 12 women in the Council, and pressed the need for a larger share in the next appointments to be made by the government. (Al Mustaqbal, An Nahar, Al Diyar, October 13, 2017)

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