Lebanon elects record number of women to parliament
The 2022 parliamentary elections secured eight seats for female representatives, two more than the 2018 vote. But despite this progress, they only represent 6.25% of the parliament. Half of these women — Saliba and Kaakour included — come from the protest movement. “It is a great victory for us women to show that we treat each other on an equal basis,” Saliba said. It was a feminist revolution.”
Lebanon has one of the highest overall gender gaps in the world, ranking 145 out of 153 countries in the World Economic Forum Gender Gap report 2020. Political representation is one of the most affected areas. Despite being very politically involved on the ground or through voting patterns and having a higher education level compared to others in the region, women have historically been excluded from decision-making positions in both public and private sectors.
It was not until 2004 that women participated for the first time in Lebanon’s government with two female ministers.