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Arab women fight normalization with Israel and score achievements (except in Lebanon!)

15-4-2021

The Women led Campaign to Boycott Israeli Goods organized on March 26 a virtual activity via Zoom entitled, “Women in Arab Countries… Against Normalization”, to mark the Israeli Apartheid Week . The campaign stressed in a statement on the occasion, that despite the accelerated pace on part of some Arab countries towards normalizing ties with the apartheid Zionist entity, the resisting people of those countries uncompromisingly oppose the normalization of relations and are keen to confront the US Administration and Zionists’ plans, voicing their solidarity and support for the national liberation struggle. On the other hand, and in a special feature on March 20, Al Diyar daily wrote about the reality of Lebanese women, mentioning a political trend that discourages ambitious women from seeking decision making positions, despite their established skills and successes in all areas. On the subject, the newspaper spoke to Fadia Kiwan, the general director of the Arab Women Organization, who drew a comparison between Lebanese and Arab women in politics. Women’s political representation in Lebanon is still weak, Kiwan explained, which is incongruous, given the image of Lebanon in the Arab countries as a liberal state with respect to women and their achievements in all fields. The majority of Arab countries have made great strides in this regard, starting with Iraq back in the year 1959, which witnessed the appointment of the first female minister, up to the present day, where the foreign minister in the new Libyan government is a woman, according to Kiwan. Kiwan attributed the weak participation of Lebanese women in political decision making to the current context, noting for example, that a female minister is appointed by the president of her political bloc or chief, which leaves a small margin for her unrestricted professional performance. Kiwan also cited the flawed political structure in the country through which women in Lebanon reach positions of power, and wich in order to access politics power force them to subject to political confessionalism. March 20, 24, 2021)

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