Premier Najib Mikati has announced the formation of a new cabinet (after months of deliberation) of 30 ministers. Check list in Arabic and English. The new cabinet has no women ministers. That’s zero, nil, nothing. The previous cabinet had two women ministers. This one has none.
Needless to say the women’s movement rejects this total alienation of women from the cabinet and in the Lebanese political arena in general. And yet, it comes as no surprise that our sectarian political system continues to place religious quotas as a priority over the representation and issues of any group in Lebanon. From minority groups to even majority groups, we are still unable to form strong lobbies to demand a share in this country’s decision-making spheres. Women’s issues have no representatives and neither do youth issues or social issues in a cabinet of ministries that are supposed to work on specialized sectors that run and govern the country.
In the past women have been used as “decorative” elements of Parliament and Cabinet and now, we don’t even have that. Perhaps it is a good thing to lose anyway. All political engagement in Lebanon remains paralyzed by sectarian feuds and polarized by the March 8 / 14 alliances.
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