Inaya Ezzeddine, one of six women MPs, speaks during the conference.
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Introducing a gender quota for Lebanon's parliamentary elections took center stage Thursday at a conference that brought together national and international stakeholders to discuss electoral reforms. The "Parliamentary Elections 2022: Electoral Reforms and Gender Equality" conference coincided with ongoing discussions among politicians and officials over the past two weeks of a draft law proposed by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri's Amal Movement, which includes a recommendation to reserve 20 seats for women in the upcoming 2022 parliamentary elections. Though a record 86 women ran in 2018's parliamentary race, only six gained spots in the 128-seat body: Paula Yacoubian, Rola Tabsh, Bahia Hariri, Sethrida Geagea, Inaya Ezzeddine and Dima Jamali. Four women -- Hariri, Geagea, Gilberte Zwein and Nayla Tueni -- had served as members in the preceding, 2009-era Parliament.The conference also included the presentation of the UNDP's key results on gender representation in the 2018 elections.
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