Gender Equity Network

Gender interventions in Lebanon: between duplicated efforts and persistent gaps - التدخلات الجندرية في لبنان: بين جهود متكررة وثغرات مستمرة

This infographic provides an overview of gender actors and interventions in Lebanon*, and aims to highlight gaps and duplications in the sector. This visual shows that while beneficiaries are diverse, some groups remain less targeted such as trans*, policy makers, and persons living with mental health disabilities. At the same time, other categories appear as over-targeted and represented, notably the CSO sector, migrants, displaced individuals and refugees. The visual also shows that some areas of focus have been overlooked by actors (e.g.

News, updates, and announcements from our centre- آخر الأخبار والمستجدات والإعلانات من مركزنا

A newsletter by Lebanon Support 

Lebanon Support is a multidisciplinary space creating synergies and bridging between researchers, experts, civil society and NGO practitioners, and activists. Lebanon Support aims to foster social change through innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge.

Women’s Political Participation in Lebanon: An Overview of Empowerment Initiatives in Lebanon (2009-2019) - مشاركة المرأة في السياسة في لبنان: لمحة شاملة عن مبادرات التمكين في لبنان (٢٠٠٩ - ٢٠١٩)

This infographic presents a mapping of the main Women’s Political Empowerment (WPE) and Women’s Political Participation (WPP) initiatives in Lebanon from 2009 to 2019. These initiatives were grouped according to four primary key themes, the main focus of these programs as well as their type of activity. The visual below highlights an overwhelming focus of initiatives on women’s political participation in the formal political arena, without giving much consideration to political empowerment outside the realm of formal politics.

Women's Political Participation in Lebanon and the Limits of Aid-Driven Empowerment

The question of women’s political participation in Lebanon could not be more timely. As of 17 October 2019, nation-wide protests have erupted in response to increasing austerity measures that culminated in a tax on Voice over IP (VoIP) calls, commonly referred to as the “WhatsApp tax.” Calls for a non-sectarian and “non-political” revolution have drawn Lebanese representing nearly every sect, every class, and every gender out into the streets, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on October 29, 2019. 


Setting the Agenda towards Gender Equity

The 2018 parliamentary elections in Lebanon witnessed the largest participation of women in the country’s history with 86 out 113 female candidates making it on the final electoral lists (Baturni and Halinan 2018, 1-3). Yet, out of the 128 elected candidates, only 6 were women (The Daily Star 2018). More recently, since the October 2019 protests, women have been at the forefront of mobilisations, organising sit-ins, marches, demonstrations, and chanting feminist slogans.

Lebanon’s 2018 Election: New measures and the resilience of the Status Quo.

This policy brief explores how—despite widespread citizen frustration—the status quo prevailed. The brief will subject the above paradoxes to greater empirical scrutiny, with particular attention to the performance of new actors. It draws findings from an analysis of election results, participant observation of the campaign period, and focus group interviews conducted before and after the election.



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