Shifting Narratives: Outcome Document on Women’s Participation Municipal Elections in Lebanon

With the upcoming municipal elections in May 2023, there is a definitive interest to explore and advocate for the implementation of such a quota. By taking action to promote greater gender equality in politics, Lebanon could create a more inclusive and representative political system that better reflects the diversity and perspectives of its population.

The Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden in Lebanon, and the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut, held a workshop on February 27th, 2023, on women’s participation in municipal elections in Lebanon in light of the expected upcoming elections, as part of a project focused on the economic and political empowerment of women in Lebanon, supported by the Nordic Council for Ministers.

The workshop brought together national and international stakeholders to engage in a panel discussion comprising female municipal politicians, female municipal aspiring candidates, a Member of Parliament, and electoral experts. The discussion explored the current context of women’s participation in elections, as well as the challenges and opportunities for their participation. This document serves as an outcome document from the workshop that offers actionable recommendations needed to enhance the presence of women municipal members and to encourage prospective candidates.

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