BEIRUT: According to the World Economic Forum, Lebanon ranks 140 among 149 countries in the Global Gender Report 2018. Although ahead of neighboring countries, the crisis of gender inequality remains a reality.
The National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) organized a round-table at the Grand Serail to present the National Action Plan (NAP) based on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security.
Under the patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and in presence of Minister Raya El Hassan, Minister Elias Bou Saab, President of NCLW Claudine Aoun-Roukouz, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon Philippe Lazzarini, and UNIFIL Deputy Head of Mission and Director of Civil Affairs Imra Riza, the event took place on Wednesday.
Executive board member of NCLW Martin Najem, initiated the round-table and explained the importance of Resolution 1325 in “highlighting the role of women in achieving conditions for peace and security in human societies, recognizing women’s full potential to participate equally with men in building societies, and leading women through the reform processes to reach the conditions for peace and security.”
Najem stressed that Lebanon is one of the first Arab countries to engage in implementing this resolution. He then introduced the first speaker Jan Kubis.
Kubis explained in his speech that the early NAP adoption is an important step to a path of stability, women empowerment, good governance, and gender equality.
“It will strengthen protection, accelerate economic recovery, and lead to more sustainable peace and development,” Kubis said.
Emphasizing on the time, cost, and coordination of NAP, Kubis shed light on the importance of government in funding and resourcing the plan.
“Today’s event comes at a timely moment. Lebanon has launched a multi-sectoral reform process- the country needs all the tools and capacities to pursue a path of peace, security, and stability in a truly inclusive way,” Kubis added.
Following Kubis, Aoun-Roukouz explained the NAP priorities.
The priorities include increasing the participation of women in all levels of decision-making, engaging women in conflict prevention, integrating women’s needs and perspectives, protecting women and girls from sexual and gender based violence, and implementing laws and policies that will advance the priorities.
In his turn, PM Hariri explained that his priority today lies on the stronger state institutions, which is only achievable with more women in Lebanon’s security institutions.
“I encourage women in Lebanon to do what Minister El Hassan and Claudine are doing today because we need to hear your voices,” Hariri said. “I am ready to work with every person who has an agenda on advancing the role of women in all institutions, I will be the spearhead in this issue and I am ready to do everything that is required from me.”
As for budgetary details, Riza showcased that the NAP 1325 requires four years with a total of 15 million dollars, which include a ten percent contribution from the Government of Lebanon, to be completed.
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