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NCLW slates absence of women in key political meetings


Following the latest security developments in the country (, President Michel Aoun invited political party leaders to a national meeting today, with a main theme, ‘Preserving civil peace’ to avoid security setbacks that could be destructive to the country. The meeting is reported to be held in an incomplete quorum of parties after many political factions announced their boycott, namely the Lebanese Forces, Kataeb, Marada and Future Movement alleging that the projected meeting lacks a clear vision or agenda. On the subject, the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) appealed in a statement on June 23 to all political forces to reflect on the nearly complete absence of women in the above national meeting called upon to discuss the latest skirmishes. The political pluralism represented by these factions… is not matched by a parallel representation of women and men within their leaderships, the statement said, describing women’s absence from the broad national meeting as a “weakness in the Lebanese political life.” It demanded the heads of political parties to give the issue adequate attention to prop female representation in decision-making positions. The NCLW statement pointed out that employing women capacities in various fields benefits their parties, as well as the country at large. This is especially true in terms of female participation in national dialogues and mediations in peace processes to reach national unanimity, which is one of the main goals of the National Action Plan to Implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security agreed by the Lebanese government. (NNA, June 23, 2020)

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