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RDFL demands the appointment of women in the forthcoming Lebanese cabinet


The Rassemblement Democratique des Femmes Libanaises (RDFL) issued yesterday a press release stressing the importance of positively responding to the demands of Lebanese women and honoring their rights to political participation especially since the principle of equality is enshrined in the Constitution and is part of Lebanon’s commitment to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women and to operationalise women’s political participation and ensure equal chances of access to decision making positions.
RDFL reiterated their repeated call directed to political circles urging them to work towards banning all forms of discrimination against women and ensuring that women will be part of the next Cabinet formation so that women can actively take part in deciding the political course of the country.  RDFL added that excluding women from the Cabinet undermines their citizenship and therefore their demands. The statement also noted that this call is coming at a time when feminist action is progressing noticeably at local, regional and international levels, and that women have over the past few years struggled against oppression and for the realization of democracy, justice, freedom, dignity and human rights and have always been an integral part of national struggle.
Source: Al-Diyar, Al-Akhbar, Al-Safir 15 January 2014

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