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It also speaks to me because I am the first Lebanese woman ambassador to the United Nations since Lebanon joined a small group of pioneer nations that founded the U.N. in San Francisco 73 years ago.For the first time in Lebanon's history, it established a Ministry for Women and a Human Rights Ministry.Women comprise 27 percent of the newly appointed positions in the diplomatic corps, and 30 percent of the Electoral Management Body, 23 percent of officials of the National Security positions, and 17 percent of women in the Social and Economic Council.This year it is different: Lebanon is holding its parliamentary elections in May and women feel empowered more than any elections in our history.There are 111 women running for elections, the highest number since women started voting in Lebanon, and political parties made sure to include women on their electoral lists.Women's groups proposed a law to get a 30 percent quota for women in Parliament but this failed to gain parliamentary approval. Women constitute only 5.4 percent of local government, while they are 28 percent of the labor force.The government is submitting and trying to pass a number of laws to protect women:
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