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The time is right to make progress in securing more women's participation in politics, stakeholders and officials said at a conference in Beirut Wednesday.One of the primary objectives of DAWRIC, a British Council campaign funded by the European Union, is to promote gender equality in politics, both nationally and locally. EU Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen praised the vast increase in the number of female candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections, up to 111 from around 12 in the 2009 elections.During a panel discussion, Lassen said that female participation had the potential to bring wide-ranging political and social benefits.Lassen nevertheless pointed out that the involvement of women in the parliaments of her own country and the EU was considerably higher than that of Lebanon.Both Shorter and Lassen noted their hope that more men would take part in the movement.
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