2017/03/03

Final event of gender project, Lebanon

Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women in Lebanon project – closing event in Beirut on 3 March 2017

Eurecna supported the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) for the organisation of a high level closing event -held on the 3rd of March 2017- to showcase the achievements of the EU-funded project Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women in Lebanon.

During the event, Eurecna TA team presented the successful results of the project and the outcome of an advocacy study for the adoption of a quota system for women in parliamentary elections. This was followed by a panel debate on women participation in political processes and aspects of quota systems in which participated H.E. Jean Oghassabian, Minister of State for Women’s affairs, Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union and former Minister Wafaa Dika Hamza, Secretary General of the Coalition "Women for Politics". Ms. Diana Casallas represented Eurecna, the leading company of the implementing consortium.

In his opening speech, the Secretary General of NCLW, Mr. Fadi Karam, highlighted the project's achievements in enhancing NCLW's capacity and in opening new horizons to ensure the outreach to civil society through the establishment of the National Coalition to support women political participation in Lebanon, that aims to adopt a women's quota in the electoral law to be agreed upon. He added that NCLW benefited from the expertise and knowledge of the project's experts such in integrating gender in all public institutions and the creation of an instrument for the establishment of an observatory for women's rights.

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