Awareness Sessions Targeting Women Candidates & Voters in Lebanon

EC-UNDP JTF - Awareness Sessions Targeting Women Candidates & Voters in Lebanon

Under the framework of the “Lebanese Women in Elections” initiative, which aims to enhance women’s capacities to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, the UNDP’s Lebanese Elections Assistance Project (LEAP), funded by the European Union, UN Women and the local nongovernmental organization Women in Front, conducted info sessions throughout Lebanon aiming to encourage women candidates and voters to participate in parliamentary elections.
With the objective of reaching out to a wider public, eight info sessions were conducted from 24 January to 2 March in regions of Rayfoun, Sin El Fil, Chtaura, Tripoli, Saida, Zgharta, Baakline, and Beirut.
Awareness Sessions Targeting Women Candidates & Voters
[one_half_last]During these sessions, the facilitators provided the participants with information on how to run for elections, covering the following topics: new articles in the electoral law and electoral calendar, required documents to run for elections, legal framework, preprinted ballot papers, preferential vote, electoral campaign, how to include women in lists, negotiations and networking.[/one_half_last]
[one_half]A closing event took place in Beirut at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) on 2 March to provide a platform for women candidates to announce their agenda and political program and to share their personal experience on how they overcame the challenges faced before running for elections.
It is relevant to mention that, out of 976 candidates for the 2018 parliamentary elections, 113 are women cy, and 23 of those participated in the above-mentioned info-sessions. [/one_half]

Awareness Sessions Targeting Women Candidates & Voters
Photo Credits: UNDP LEAP

Awareness Sessions Targeting Women Candidates & Voters
Photo Credits: UNDP LEAP

The EU-funded UNDP Lebanese Elections Assistance Project (LEAP) started its activities in October 2012 with the main objective to strengthen the institutional capacity of the national institutions and stakeholders in terms of electoral management and administration, for the conduct of credible, periodical, transparent and inclusive elections in Lebanon.
To achieve these objectives, UNDP LEAP works closely with the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MoIM), responsible for electoral management, administration and overall electoral operations. The project also supports other electoral stakeholders, such as the Constitutional Council, State Council, Supervisory Commission for the Election (SCE), judicial bodies and works in close cooperation with civil society organizations (CSOs). Within this context, UNDP LEAP provides electoral technical assistance and advisory support focused on: 1) management & administration of elections; 2) supervisory commission for elections; 3) voter education; 4) electoral dispute resolution; and 5) women’s participation in elections.


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