Barriers Facing Women Participation in Politics – Review of the 2018 Elections

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung & the Committee for Women Political Empowerment are organizing under the auspices of the Ministry of State for Women Affairs & HE Minister Jean Oghassabian a conference about the participation of women in Lebanese politics.


After nine years of delayed parliamentary elections the hopes were high, that with the new election of a Lebanese parliament on the 6th of May 2018 the number of female MPs would significantly increase. The results of the elections however, showed otherwise. Even though the number of women candidates increased from 12 women in 2009 and 44 in 2013 to 113 female candidates in this election, only six were elected MPs.

The conference aims to bring together Lebanese political leaders, independent and parties’ representatives, civil society activists and experts to present lessons learnt from the previous elections and suggest solutions and recommendations that constructively create a new strategy and manifesto to bring efforts together that may lead to a breakthrough in the coming parliamentary elections 2022 by increasing the participation of women.

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Dr. Malte Gaier


Resident Representative Lebanon

malte.gaier@kas.de +961 1 388 095/6