After gaining the right to vote and participate in elections in 1952, one would assume that more female politicians would be taking part in Lebanon’s administrative scene.
Women won the right to participate in politics 19 years before those in Switzerland, a neutral European country.
Lebanese women do enjoy equal civil rights, but the persistence of traditional attitudes regarding the role of women means most political organizations, of which they are a part, exist as subordinate branches of the political parties.Sophie Ghaziri
The reason why women are not highly involved is a slightly more complicated issue than just simply breaking it down to laws that bar women from participating. It is, however, how society weighs in. Many women in Lebanon abstain from taking part, a result of widespread political culture in Lebanon that, as a matter of fact, relegates women to second-class citizens.
Paul Salem, the Director of the Carnegie Middle East center in Beirut, has previously said that Lebanese democracy failed to strengthen political life in the country and has not been able to take the required steps to modernize social life.
“The women’s movement has not been very successful because we are up against a political body that is male-dominated, so we’re always confronting the political system rather than becoming part of it,” Nadine Mouawad, head of Nasawiya, a feminist collective in Lebanon said.
Lebanese women do enjoy equal civil rights, but the persistence of traditional attitudes regarding the role of women means most political organizations, of which they are a part, exist as subordinate branches of the political parties. In some cases they can even be seen as NGOs.