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The Lebanese Women: Reality and Aspirations

Publisher: National Commission for Lebanese Women
Publication Date: Sep 2001
The civil war and the recurrent Israeli aggressions have held back development and women's equality. Lebanese women face numerous obstacles in the labour market, their participation remains low, and women still tend to be regarded as the secondary breadwinner. While Lebanon has witnessed an almost equal enrollment rate for women and men, the enrollment rate of girls in vocational education remains low, and their enrollment in the faculties of mathematics, physics, sciences and chemistry is still minor compared to their male counterparts. There is also a growing trend that higher education for women is regarded as paving the way for marriage, rather than a preparatory step towards a professional career. Women's participation in government and other decision making bodies is also limited, with only 3 women out of 128 Members of Parliament. Lebanese women aspire to greater opportunities which require legal and social changes, and for a just peace in the face of Israeli aggression.
The civil war and the recurrent Israeli aggressions have held back development and women's equality. Lebanese women face numerous obstacles in the labour market, their participation remains low, and women still tend to be regarded as the secondary breadwinner. While Lebanon has witnessed an almost equal enrollment rate for women and men, the enrollment rate of girls in vocational education remains low, and their enrollment in the faculties of mathematics, physics, sciences and chemistry is still minor compared to their male counterparts. There is also a growing trend that higher education for women is regarded as paving the way for marriage, rather than a preparatory step towards a professional career. Women's participation in government and other decision making bodies is also limited, with only 3 women out of 128 Members of Parliament. Lebanese women aspire to greater opportunities which require legal and social changes, and for a just peace in the face of Israeli aggression.