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While the early calls for women's rights to vote have been heard, the day continues to be important as gender equality has still not been achieved globally.Companies do not apply the women's empowerment principles, developed by Global Compact and U.N. Women against which companies can measure their own leadership on gender equality.There is also a need to address the social barrier that hinders women's active and equal engagement. I genuinely believe that Lebanon has the ability to lead the women's empowerment agenda in the region.Women are underrepresented in the political sphere with only 3 percent women in Parliament – one of the lowest shares of women in Parliament in the world – and only one female minister. Combined with a low representation in municipal councils, and the absence of any special measures, Lebanon is ranked as the second lowest country in terms of women's political representation, according to the Global Gender Index. Even if regional averages are not promising (16 percent), Lebanon is lagging far behind some Middle Eastern countries that have made great strides, for example Algeria (with 31.6 percent) and Tunisia (31.3 percent).
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