As part of the “Step towards Municipal Elections”, a joint project funded by the Embassy of Netherlands in Lebanon, the Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training (LOST) in coordination with the municipality of Bedenyel organized a seminar on promoting women political participation in public life on April 2, 2015.
In the presence of 300 attendees that range from municipal mayors and members, school principals and teachers, representatives of civil society organizations and interested people, Dr. Rami Lakkis, founder and president of LOST, presented a seminar that highlighted the importance of women in society in general and in political life in particular.
Lakkis asserted that Lebanese women do play a significant role in business and the private sector and as increasingly in civil society, advocacy and social services. However, when it comes to their entry into the formal political arena, women’s numbers remain extremely low. Based on that, her participation is very important not only for her as an individual, but for her family and on a larger scale for the society.
He also concentrated on the fact that women participation in the political domain is not, by any means, a gender issue; she is to play a significant role in the community simply because of the positive impact she will have on the community.
At the end of the seminar, Dr. Lakkis opened the room for a series of Q&A where the participants show a great interest in the topic and appreciation for the new approach. On his end, Dr. Lakkis thanked the audience for their active attendance, as well as the Dutch Embassy for their generosity to fund the project.