Women today are considered to be outside the political and administrative power structures and their participation in the decision-making process is non-existent. As far as their participation in the political life is concerned they are still on the margins. The existence of patriarchal society in Lebanon as well as the absence of governmental policies and procedures that aim at helping women and enhancing their political participation has made it very difficult for women to be accepted as leaders and to be granted votes in elections (UNIFEM, 2002).
This above quote is taken from a report that was prepared to assess the progress made regarding the status of Lebanese women both on the social and governmental levels in light of the Beijing Platform for Action – the name given to the provisions of the Fourth Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. The above quote describes the slow progress achieved by Lebanese women in view of the ambitious goal that requires that the proportion of women occupying administrative or political positions in Lebanon should reach 30 percent of thetotal by the year 2005!
Khalaf, M. C. (2002). Evaluating the Status of Lebanese Women in Light of the Beijing Platform for Action. Jordan: United Nations Development Fund for Women.
Al-Dirasa al-wataniyya lil ahwal al-ma‘ishiyya lil’usar: Taqrir al-’awda‘ al-ma‘ishiyya lil’usar 2007. (2008). Ministry of SocialAffairs, Central Administration of Statistics, UNDP, ILO.