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Annually, on March 8, the day brings together governments, women's organizations, businesses and charities to celebrate women's achievements in the push toward gender equality.Both events were a chance to call on Lebanese political parties and voters to increase women's representation in Parliament in the upcoming elections.With many bumps along the road, the past two years witnessed a number of legislative changes aiming at improving Lebanese women's position and standing in society, politics and the economy. However, women remain highly underrepresented in the parliament and in other positions of power. According to the WEF Gender Gap Index 2017, Lebanon ranks 142 among 144 countries in political participation.With women's representation in Parliament at 3 percent; 5.4 percent in 2016 municipal elections; less than 25 percent in membership in political parties; and around 5 percent in parties' political bureaus, it is definitely "unfinished business" as the U.N. secretary-general describes it in his message for International Women's Day. With 10 percent Lebanese women candidates for 2018 parliamentary elections, will gender equality remain a pipe dream?
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