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Tokenism: November 4, “Lebanese Women’s Day”(!)

18-5-2017

The Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, Jean Ogassapian, stated that the Cabinet of Ministers agreed in its regular session held yesterday to his request to mark the fourth of November of every year “a day for the Lebanese woman”, and to instruct relevant government agencies to extend all means of support to strengthen Lebanese women’s status in all areas including supporting them to achieve high positions locally, regionally and internationally”. In a conversation with The Daily Star newspaper, Ogassapian emphasized that the November 4th date was chosen because on that date in the year 1952, the Lebanese government signed a decree granting women, for the first time, the right to vote and run for elections. (Al Mustaqbal, AnNahar, L’Orient Le Jour, May 18, 2017).

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