Couple of days ago, I posted on my story a poll to vote 'yes' or 'no' for gender-balanced representation (50/50) in the upcoming Lebanese Cabinet.
I raised this questions as a response to the formation of a 50/50 Ethiopian Cabinet last week followed by another 50/50 Rwandan Cabinet days after.
23 years after 189 countries signed the Beijing Platform for Action, which urged governments to strive for gender balance in its leadership positions, only 18.3 % of government ministers were women globally.
Going back to my scaled study, I felt like sharing with you by percentage my findings: Only 12% of the my story viewers took the vote, (which is very very low percentage comparing to other polls on my platform). More precisely, 69% of the voters voted yes for a balanced representation where 60% were females and 40% were males. And 21% of those who voted no for a balanced representation are 57% females and 43% males! Now that is shocking having more females against gender equality in the cabinet than men!!
Well, I've heard many times the following: it's not about appointing women just for the sake of appointing women, it's about appointing qualified people regardless of their gender.
In my opinion, of course I agree that we are after qualitative appointment but a quota system can promote women’ representation and therefore reserve in advance seats for women. (since, out of experience our socio-political system won't help)
Ever since 1952, the year in which women obtained the right to vote in Lebanon, women have long been subjected to political and social marginalization.
On the other hand, 37 years have passed since the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) by the United Nations, and some 17 years have passed since Lebanon signed up to the convention in 1997.
Technically speaking, quotas for female participation in governing bodies is one of the 6 avenues identified by the UN to strengthen the female participation on politics and government...
So in conclusion, let's show some Solidarity with a proper representation of women at least in words and hopefully in actions
📸: @george 1h
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