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"Breaking all barriers" to condemn discrimination and gender inequality

3-12-2018

UNDP's programme to support elections (funded by the EU) and Women in Front organised on November 30th an art exhibition entitled “Breaking all Barriers”. The exhibition was hosted in Beyt Beyrouth Sodeco, and included original works by 30 artists who used their talents to take a stand against discrimination and gender inequality and showcase the power of women who challenged difficulties and reached decision making positions in public life. The exhibition also sought to challenge gender stereotypes and misinformation around these. The event was held under the auspices of the Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, and kicked off with a keynote address by the EU ambassador to Lebanon, Kristina Lassen, who noted that women's political participation in Lebanon remains very low. Lassen also added that the new electoral laws failed to take into consideration the need to improve women's participation especially since there were only 86 women candidates of whom, only 6 won. Lassen demanded a women quota in politics hoping that the new upcoming cabinet will include women in key position such as the ministries of defense and finance. The UN representative to Lebanon, Philipe Lazzarini, noted for his part that Lebanon's society is male dominated as men have overwhelming economic, political and social power despite the fact that half of the university graduates are women. Lazzarini hoped that obstacles to women's participation in politics will soon be addressed especially through the reform of discriminatory laws. (Al Mustaqbal, December 1st 2018)

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