Nawal Mdallaly

Member of Future Movement Political Bureau
Nawal Mdallaly Humans of Freedom picture

One of the biggest challenges for women in politics is that men have to step down for women to take up seats, and this, I think, will not happen without a women’s quota. When the quota was not passed in parliament, there was not enough opposition on the ground. It has been 65 years since women obtained the right to vote in Lebanon, and only 17 women have made it to Parliament. There is a major gap, and this can only be solved by enacting a legal framework that protects women’s rights. Advocacy and lobbying can only pressure policymakers, but without a proper legal framework women will continue to be sidelined.