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Thursday night, moments after the new government was announced, women rushed to social media to denounce the title of a new Ministry of State for the Social and Economic Rehabilitation of Youth and Women.Women from civil society, business, media, academia and Parliament were quick to express their outrage on Twitter and Facebook. Why labels matterThe policy and development world is shaped by power and politics.Of those reforms, women's and youth empowerment are prerequisites to making structural reforms to Lebanon's economy.The Lebanese National Action Plan, which I participated in, committed to increasing women's economic participation by 5 percent in the next five years.can do Luckily, the ministry mandated to address the social and economic "empowerment" of women is this time headed by a woman.The mere fact that the ministry is aimed at serving both youth and women indicates that it regards the problems of youth and women to be similar.Now the real work should start, and it should address power and politics first and foremost, and not only skill-building for Lebanese women.
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