March 11th, 2016, women participants participating with the Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training (LOST) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in a project entitled "Promoting Women's Role in Political Participation in Baalbek" meet with three mukhtars of Baalbek to discuss their goals and obstacles in LOST center.
Being a patriarchal society, one of the major obstacles facing women here is the amount of rejection they encounter if they give their opinion in political matters. Baalbek municipality doesn’t have a single women holding office or running for council. The women met with the delegation of mukhtars to convince them that this problem is real and something needs to be done about it.
The women explained to the delegation that the obstacles and recommendations emerged from a conference held on the 29th of December in Baalbek. This conference was attended by many key figures in society including but not limited to Governor of Baalbek-Hermel Bashir Khodr, former Minister Wafaa el Dika Hamze, General Security Major, Ghayes Zaiter, and Pastor of the Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop, Elias Rahhal.
The participants said that in order to empower more women to become active in society and make a change in the city, the municipal council should be encouraging women to take part in the decision-making process.
The mukhtars supported the women in their efforts to make a change and offered their full-pledged allegiance to work along-side of them in order to reach their goals.