“Gender equality contributes to more inclusive, balanced and representative societies,” Lassen said. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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In Lebanon, only 3.1 percent of MPs are women, despite the fact that the country is a signatory of the Beijing Declaration – a result of the 1995 United Nations World Conference on Women, which set a target quota of 30 percent of decision-making positions to be held by women.Ogasapian's plan, launched during a conference at Beirut's Kempinski Hotel, includes measures designed to train women to run for elections, and media campaigns to raise awareness regarding the importance of women's involvement in politics."Gender equality contributes to more inclusive, balanced and representative societies," Lassen added.The representatives defended their respective political parties, each arguing that their party believed in gender equality and endorsed women running for Parliament. Lebanese Forces Secretary-General Chantal Sarkis said her party was currently conducting studies to predict which candidate stood the best chances.Future Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat said women would have a higher chance of becoming a candidate and winning a seat if they had more experience in politics.Free Patriotic Movement MP Simon Abi Ramia said women need to insert themselves into politics.
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