UNDP workshop to empower women in elections
Under the patronage and in the presence of H.E. Minister of Interior and Municipalities General Marwan Charbel, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Lebanese Elections Assistance Programme is organizing a workshop on “Electoral Systems and Women’s Participation” on Wednesday July 3, 2013 at 9:30 am at the Phoenicia Hotel Beirut.
The event will start with opening remarks by H.E. Minister of Interior and Municipalities General Marwan Charbel, H.E. Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst head of the European Union Delegation to Lebanon and the UNDP Country Director, Mr Luca Renda. The workshop participants will include many of the women who registered as candidates earlier this year, as well as representatives from national campaign groups, academia and the international community.
In 2009, Lebanon was ranked 135 in the world concerning women participation in political life with only 1.7% as candidates and 3.1% as parliament representation. A slight increase in women candidates took place in 2013 where it reached a 6.2%.
Ahead of renewed parliamentary debate on election legislation, this workshop is aimed at highlighting the possible steps that can be adopted to improve women’s political participation within different electoral systems.
In doing so, the workshop focuses on practical tools that have been developed as Temporary Special Measures within the framework of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) that came into force in 1981 and which was signed and ratified by Lebanon in 1997.
This workshop is funded by the European Union and the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the UNDP Lebanese Election Assistance Programme (LEAP).
LEAP aims to support the conduct of transparent and inclusive elections in Lebanon through strengthening capacity in (1) election management (2) campaign supervision (3) voter education (4) electoral dispute resolution, and (5) promoting women’s participation in elections.
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