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News reports have concentrated on the representation of various religious factions. But there has been little attention to the fact that all 30 ministers are men.
Recent Lebanese governments were dominated by men, but not to the total exclusion of women. The gender imbalance in Lebanon's cabinet is of additional interest because of the hopes for change generated by the general upheaval in the region.
The ousters of presidents Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia were both instigated by popular protests that featured discontented women as well as men. Inside and outside of these countries, the role of women in the protests has led to expectations of a type of democracy in which women have if not an equal voice, then at least a voice.
So far, these expectations have been largely disappointed. In Egypt, only one woman was appointed to the new member cabinet, and it now seems likely that the military council will scrap a quota system put in place in to ensure women's participation in parliament, with no alternative mechanisms provided to ensure participation.
In Tunisia, the experience has been better, in particular with a requirement to alternate men and women on party listings for elections, heightening the possibility that women will fill parliamentary seats for successful parties. Still, of 31 ministries, only two are headed by womenand the civil society transition council formed after the former president departed is also overwhelmingly dominated by men.
To be sure, many Western democracies are bad role models when it comes to women's political participation and leadership. In the United States, only 89 of the members of Congress - This situation is appalling and needs to change.
The real question, however, is not who is already doing this right, but rather why it matters. The answer doesn't lie with abstract notions of fairness or unsubstantiated claims that women are a kinder and more altruistic breed than men.
It matters because women's political participation and leadership are necessary for democracy to function most effectively. There are at least two reasons for this. First, the more closely government represents the composition of society as a whole, the more stable its policies are likely to be.
This means that it is not just important to include women, but also to ensure broad representation. For example, Rwanda tops the charts for the percentage of women in parliament, with 56 percent, but most are from the same ethnic group, which some commentators warn could lead to instability.
Second, a mixed-gender cabinet or parliament should, all other things being equal, tend to address more of the concerns that apply exclusively or disproportionately to women. Of course, female politicians don't always bring up issues that are important to women, and male politicians don't always exclude these concerns.
But research has shown that non-feminist women are more likely than non-feminist male colleagues to work on policies that affect women. Of course, women's political participation and leadership are not the only necessary factors for general peace and prosperity. But they are necessary factors.
Supporters of democracy everywhere, whether in Lebanon, France, or the United States, would do well to remember that. Your tax deductible gift can help stop human rights violations and save lives around the world.The first reason why women should not participate in politics is taking care of their health, because stress that they experience from taking part in politics supports a variety of diseases.
It is true that women are tempted to crying. Women interested in politics should be trained and coached so that they have all the necessary skills to participate actively in politics.” Kevin Keenoo: “Women should not be confined to their home”.
Whether the women should participate in politics or not is debatable. We see that at the turn of the 21st century, almost every country in the world provides the right for women to participate in politics.
As countries open education systems to women, and more women participate in historically male dominated fields, it is possible to see a shift in political views regarding women in government.
Quotas the bias in favor of married candidates with children may explain women's underrepresentation in politics. Women in government office. Women have made significant strides in girls’ education, maternal health and labor force participation – and in politics as well.
In the past 20 years, women have doubled their global numbers in parliaments, from 11 to 22 percent. International and local women's organizations play a substantial role in increasing women's participation in politics such as IRI's Women's Democracy Network (WDN)’s Women’s Political Education Forums (WPEF) has been used to increase women's political engagement.