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NCLW opens its seventh training centre for women’s empowerment in Baaqline


The President of the National Commission for Lebanese Women, First Lady Wafa Suleiman, inaugurated last week a new NCLW training centre for women’s empowerment hosted within the premises of the Federation of Shuf Municipalities in Baaqline, and falling within the framework of NCLW’s collaboration with the Walid Bin Talal Foundation.  It is to be noted that this new center is the seventh of its kind to be inaugurated by the NCLW in different parts of Lebanon, the first located in Baabda and followed by other 2 centers hosted by the municipalities of Kayta3h in Akkar and Jezzine, then subsequent centers opened in 7hadath Baalbaq, Chiyya7h and Cheb3a.

Suleiman noted in her speech that the setting up of these centers is part of NCLW’s vision to contribute to women’s empowerment and capacity building.  She hoped that the launching of this centre will be a positive indicator for further building of infrastructure needed to build the capacities of rural women and help them access their health, social, educational and other rights.  She also added that the reform of the current discriminatory nationality law is one of the most vital present demands of women in Lebanon which she considers to be humanitarian and urgent.

For her part, the vice president of the Walid bin Talal foundation, former Minister Leila Hamadeh Al Solh, rejected the right of women to transmit nationality and argued that Lebanon is going through a difficult political situation and she considered that the reform of the nationality law is another form of implantation of refugees.  Al Solh proceeded with a poetic note and said that women are daughters, wives, and mothers of all politicians, scientists, economists, workers and even fighters.
Source: Al-Nahar, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Diyar 5 May 2014

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