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Leadership & political participation

Ek Maya B.K., centre, Vice Chair of Khajura Rural Municipality in Banke, Nepal, meets with UN Women officials in her office on 28 June 2018
UN Women

Right now, countries around the world are facing a range of risks that threaten their stability, from rising environmental crises to deepening inequality and economic pressures. It’s also a time of brilliant possibilities. The hope and momentum for advancing women’s full and equal political participation have never been stronger.

Women in Lebanon show off the electoral ink after voting in the parliamentary elections.
UN Women

In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists. This was a whopping increase from 2009, when only 12 women candidates had registered.