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March 22, 2014

ILoubnan - Three percent of Parliament members in Lebanon are females, 11th lowest share globally, March 22, 2014

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality & the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) ranked Lebanon in 177th place among 189 countries worldwide in terms of females who are members of Parliament and in 15th place among 18 Arab countries, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported.

Lebanon also came in 49th place among 53 Upper-Middle Income Countries (UMICs). Females accounted for 3.1% of the members of the Lebanese Parliament as of January 1, 2014 compared to a global ratio of 22.2%, a ratio of 18.2% in Arab countries and a ratio of 23.2% in UMICs. Globally, Lebanon's ratio was similar to that of Belize and Iran, and higher than that of the Comoros Islands and Marshall Islands (3% each), Papua New Guinea (2.7%), Solomon Islands (2%), Oman (1.2%) and Yemen (0.3%), while Micronesia, Palau, Qatar and Vanuatu did not have females in their Parliaments.

The ratio of females in the Lebanese Parliament was higher than that in the Marshall Islands and Palau among UMICs, while it was higher than that in Oman, Yemen and Qatar among Arab countries. Rwanda had the highest such ratio in the world, as females account for 63.8% of its Parliament as of January 2014.

In parallel, the survey indicated that Lebanon did not have any female in its Cabinet as of January 1, 2014, placing it in last place among 189 countries with available data, along with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Pakistan, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In comparison, 17.2% of Cabinet members in the world are females relative to a ratio of 8.7% in Arab countries and 15.3% in UMICs. The ratio of females in ministerial positions to the total number of ministries is the highest in Nicaragua at 57.1%. The new government that was formed in February 2014 has one female member among its 24 ministers, leading to a ratio of 4.2%.

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