Women Affairs Minister Jean Ogasapian speaks during an interview in Beirut, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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On this occasion, I want to review the achievements of the Office of the Minister of State for Women's Affairs, established in December 2016, in the current government. In the past year, the ministry has been working to advance women's rights at the strategic and legislative levels to enhance their participation in all aspects of society. On the strategic level, the ministry is working to implement the National Strategy for Gender Equality, which was developed in consultation with the different stakeholders (ministries, public institutions, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, European Union and United Nations agencies).Finally, there is a national action plan to promote women's participation in political life.Finally, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ministry is a member in the national committee for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and is working in parallel to build the capacities of ministries and other public institutions to increase cooperation for gender mainstreaming.Some challenges that I, as a minister, and the ministry have been facing include the fact that Lebanon is still subject to the plurality of legislations and courts in personal status matters, where the different types of personal status laws are marked by discrimination against women.
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