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The glass ceiling is real: Lebanon’s new cabinet only includes one woman   

A new 30-minister government has been announced under Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, weeks after the latter was nominated to form the country’s new cabinet. The cabinet, which includes only one woman, brings together members of traditional political parties, except the Kataeb, who rejected the minister of state portfolio they were

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What message is Miss Lebanon sending out to young women?

I didn’t watch Miss Lebanon. I am not a fan of beauty pageant shows. I believe their current format is outdated, restrictive and in need of an overhaul. They cultivate a generic beauty standard that relies on 80% looks and 20% skill; a femininity that only speaks when spoken to,

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Solar power to the people: S. Lebanon women’s cooperative eyes renewable energy

Lebanon is in the midst of a reemerging waste crisis, but this isn’t stopping some groups from making the switch to renewable energy. In a sense, and amid the surrounding chaos and sheer incompetence of the Lebanese authorities, this can be seen as an act of rebellion; an act whose

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Lebanese news outlets using scandals and “sex news” for ratings, enough!

As I was going through the newsfeed this morning, just minding my own business, trying to catch up on what’s going on in the country, I was faced with this article, and the dilemma on whether or not to address it. Upon weighing the pros and cons, I finally decided to speak

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16 year-old girl allegedly gang raped by 3 men is Lebanon’s own Fatmagül, part II

A young girl was allegedly gang raped in north Lebanon, the National News Agency reported on Sunday. She was only 16. Her assailants? Three men identified as Khaled M., Houssam D., and Najib D, with a fourth suspect also believed to have been involved. According to reports, they all hail from

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Arsal turns new page; Elects female environmental activist to council

The northeastern border town of Arsal, long portrayed in the news as the hub of Syrian rebel fighters and the death pit of Lebanese Army soldiers, has brought about refreshing election results. With a relatively high turnout (54%), locals peacefully voted for “Arsal Tajma3ouna” list headed by Bassel al-Hujeiri, defeating

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Women for Mukhtar; A dream of equal representation in Lebanon

As the municipal elections take the lead in the populous’ priority list, the race for mukhtars remains more or less muted. While women have presented their candidacy for the municipal race, very few have attempted to run for the position of mukhtar (meaning: town mayor). When I consider the quintessential

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