Saturday, May 5, 2012

Celebrating Success and Calling for Massive Participation

LOST celebrated the successful ending of its project “Women Political Empowerment WPE” in Baalbeck on Wednesday May 3 in a massive participation of women participant, youth, social, political figures and the distinguished attendance of HE Mr Hero De Boer, the Ambassador of The Netherlands in Lebanon. The event started at 3 after the Lebanese anthem and amazing bouquet of songs offered by the Lebanese Association of Students.  Dr Ramy Lakkis, the Director of LOST, thanked the Ambassador for the generous support of the Netherlands and addressed the participating women to go on in their endeavor to achieve better participation in the political life.

In his turn, HE Mr De Boer expressed clearly that the Embassy appreciates the work of LOST.  He stated “from our side we became impressed by the support that you have found in Baalbek and its surroundings.  Moreover, it was clear that your role in LOST is really remarkable. We look forward to continue our cooperation with LOST and we hope to visit you also in the future”.

The event witnessed the announcement of The Baalbeck-Hermel Race supported by OTI/USAID that will be conducted on Friday May 18 at 8 am. A movie about the last marathon was shown and a call for a massive participation was made by the director of Race Mr Hussein Yazbeck.

The WPE project was funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Lebanon and it extended over six months from November 2011 till April 2012. It comprised the training of more than 120 women from Akkar, Baaleck, Hermel, Orsal and Beit shema on civic participation, citizenship and women’s rights, also on using social media tools to address local and domestic causes.

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