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Claudine Aoun from New York: Priority to create legal environment for protection of women


The head of the Supreme Council of Arab Women Organization (AWO), Claudine Aoun Rukuz, stressed yesterday the keenness of the Lebanese state, led by President Michel Aoun, to advance the country through an equal participation of men and women for a better society, socially, economically and politically. Aoun, who also heads the National Commission of Lebanese Women (NCLW), reiterated the new cabinet’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and to the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon drafted by NCLW. Aoun, who was speaking during the UN General Assembly’s 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, maintained that the said strategy includes the provision of health and education services, fighting poverty and promoting women’s participation in the economic and political life. And most importantly, it calls for the provision of a regulatory, legislative and legal environment to the end of the social protection of women. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, and in collaboration with the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Children and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the General Secretariat of the Lebanese Parliament organized a ceremony under the theme, ‘Parliaments for Women’. On the occasion, MP Enaya Ezzidine, explained that the advancement of women is closely related to the progress made on the level of development. Women empowerment requires the introduction of radical changes in the political, economic, social and cultural environments that often contribute to their marginalization, Ezzidine said, adding that such changes cannot be brought about without establishing the principle of partnership first. Ezzidine concluded by saying that, as women are half the society, any development that does not involve them is at risk. (Al Mustaqbal, March 15, 2019)

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