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Under the framework of “Lebanese Women in Elections” initiative, the United Nations Development Programme – Lebanese Elections Assistance Project, funded by the European Union, UN Women and Women in Front conducted info sessions all over 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 January 24th to March 2nd, before the closing of the candidate registration on March 7th, in different regions such as Rayfoun, Sin El Fil, Chtaura, Tripoli, Saida, Zgharta, Baakline, and Beirut.
During these sessions, the facilitators provided the participants with the needed information on how to vote and to run for elections, tackling 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.
A closing event took place in Beirut at the YWCA on March 2nd 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 113 women out of 976 total candidates submitted their candidacy for the 2018 parliamentary elections, 23 of them participated in the above-mentioned info sessions.
UNDP LEAP is funded by EU and USAID.