Attendees included women from various political parties, civil society organizations and NGOs.
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Increasing women's participation in politics was the focus of a two-day UNDP-supported training session that ended Wednesday.The event was hosted by the UNDP Lebanese Elections Assistance Project, and covered topics including international standards for credible elections, quotas and political parties' role in enhancing women's participation.Attendees included women from various political parties, civil society organizations and NGOs.A number of political parties sent representatives to the workshop, with five out of eight parties invited attending the event. The Lebanese Forces, Free Patriotic Movement, Future Movement, Progressive Socialist Party and Kataeb Party all attended, while Hezbollah and Amal Movement were notably absent despite participating in similar projects in the past."There is aversion to political parties among the members of the civil society," Kataeb's head of women's affairs said when asked if there were any barriers between political party representatives and the rest of the attendees.She added that she thought this was a result of a generalization that all political parties are corrupt.Zoghrine said the LF has its own proposal to increase women's participation in their suggested electoral law.
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