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The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) honored a number of women who served as chiefs of professional unions in the public sector, namely Amal Fayez Hadad, Rindala Jabour and Salwa Diab. On the other hand, and in collaboration with the office of the minister of state for women’s affairs and rural and urban women from across Lebanon, UN Women-Gender Equality and Empowerment, celebrated the International Women’s Day 2018 under the motto, ‘Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives’. During the ceremony, minister Jean Ogassapian stressed that gender equality can only be realized when women attain their economic independence and a full-blown partnership between men and women in all walks of life is established. Meanwhile, while MP Sitrida Geagea called on all women of Lebanon to follow in the same pattern in order to reach leadership, NCLW chair Claudine Aoun Rukuz called for ending all forms of discrimination against women. For his part, the Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Beshara Rai’ congratulated women on their day, saying, women are to society like a soul is to the body”, urging electors, state and citizens, to generously vote for women candidates. Furthermore, the Committee for Women’s Affairs in the Lebanese Communist Party called for a seminar this evening entitled, ‘Practices of the patriarchal regime and forms of confronting it’. (Al Mustaqbal, An Nahar, Al Akhbar, Al Diyar 9 March  2018)


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